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Foundations of Art | Drawing and Acrylic Painting | Sally Mowbray

Course overview

This 8 week term course is an excellent starting point for absolute beginners. Students will enjoy a step by step structured course, building skills and gaining confidence week by week. Students will be introduced to fundamental painting skills using acrylics, as well as essential drawing skills in an interesting and informative format.

What to expect

Each week students will learn new concepts and techniques. Students can expect to:

learn foundation drawing skills working from simple still life objects and learning skills that can ultimately be used to draw anything!
learn foundation painting skills working from simple still life objects and progressing to other genres
learn about paint application techniques
learn about naming, mixing and matching colours and organising your palette
learn different approaches to painting compositions using traditional and contemporary ideas

Is this course right for me*

This course is for absolute beginners new to art, as well as new or continuing students who want to build on their skills before trying other courses.
There are no prerequisites or assumed knowledge for this course.


Bring along whatever paints you have or a basic set of primaries plus white (Matisse, Golden, A2 brands or similar) and tutor will advise any further colours needed. If you would like to buy our kit we have the Matisse Primary Colours set that you can purchase from us for $75 (RRP $100). This provides a good starting range of colours. You will need to order this from us in advance. Please call us on 02 9564 1519 or email us to order the paint set.

All students will need to bring the following each week

  • Paint palette (at least A4 size, flat (no wells). Tiles, perspex or old white plates work well.
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Masking tape or bulldog clips
  • Selection of cheap bristle brushes – flat, round, small and large sizes.
  • Sketchbook or visual diary for drawing ideas and compositions (A4 is fine)
  • Something to draw with (eg Pencils, charcoal)
  • Roll of masking tape or several large bulldog clips
  • Can of spray fixative
  • You will need several canvases during the term – approximate A4 size. This does not have to be an expensive brand. You may just like to purchase an A3 pad of canvas paper which is an economical way to work on studies. You can also purchase these from Art Est as needed.

Our term classes are held in our spacious studios.

Our main studios are air-conditioned for year round comfort, and extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • Sally again has been an excellent tutor I have learnt further techniques and skills she provides plenty of time for one one discussion. Thanks Sally
  • Love Art Est! Sally's class was great - she is very encouraging to beginners, and takes everyone at their own pace. She gently nudges people to try new ideas but at the same time respects everyone's interests and experiences. She's a great teacher - I'd encourage anyone who feels they lack talent to let Sally work her magic on them!