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Painting Flowers from Life | Oil Painting with Jackson Davies

In this workshop, you will learn to paint a bunch of flowers from life by demonstrating alla prima painting techniques. Alla prima refers to a direct painting approach where paint is applied wet on wet without letting earlier layers dry.

Simply pick some flowers from the garden for this lighthearted and stress-free workshop that will encourage you to continue painting throughout Spring and challenge you to see what you can produce in a short 3-hour online session.

What to expect

To start the session, students will receive a brief introduction to alla prima painting, colours, materials and equipment, and explore paintings by masters such as Sargent and Phillips Fox.

Then, your tutor will be painting alongside you, giving commentary as they go along and answering questions. Jackson will be discussing how to start the painting by establishing general tonality and laying down base colours, then demonstrating how to develop depth and colour by working directly on the canvas.

What will you achieve

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand and apply practical alla prima techniques to their work
  •  Enjoy the alla prima painting process

Is this course right for me?

Beginners and those with oil painting experience are welcome. Having a basic understanding of oil painting will ensure you get the most out of this workshop.

Material List

  • Primed canvas: stretched or canvas board (any size)
  • Linseed oil
  • Rag
  • Range of hog bristle brushes: sizes 2-8, preferably rounds but any shape/size is fine; use any brushes that you have.

Colours Required

  • titanium white
  • cadmium yellow
  • cadmium red
  • alizarin red
  • ultramarine
  • raw umber
  • yellow ochre
  • lamp black (or any black)
  • any other colours you have.
  • (spectrum instead of cadmium is fine)

About studio classes

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

Unless otherwise noted, prices *exclude* art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

To learn about our studios, kitchen facilities and how to get there, click here.


Use Vouchers and Save

Art Est accepts the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, Parents NSW Voucher and NSW Discover Voucher. You must use your voucher at the time of booking. To book with a Service NSW voucher, you will need to book over the phone or with our voucher booking form. Please note: we cannot accept the Service NSW vouchers via our online checkout. 

To find out what vouchers you can use on your class and how to book with your preferred voucher, visit our special offers page:

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.