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Contemporary Landscape Painting | Carla Hananiah

Explore your love of nature, experiment in your response to the landscape, and gain a new understanding of colour and paint materiality. In this class you will paint at your own pace and explore your own interests and painting projects. Carla can facilitate your preferred medium of: watercolours, acrylics, inks or oil (and show you how you can combine some of these).

Carla encourages her students to play with a variety of paint application techniques to capture textures and depth of colour. Students are encouraged to explore various supports, such as paper, canvas/linen, board and metal. The idea is to unleash your playfulness with paint and discover new ways of working, at the same time getting a firm grasp of material knowledge, make good working decisions, and find new ways ways of expressing your vision! Explore ways of imaging the land by experimenting with frottage, collage, and found objects from the land with paint, specialty mediums and drawing. We are limited only by our imagination!

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Is this course right for me

Not for complete beginners, some prior painting experience is assumed

Materials list

Art materials are not included in the course fee. Students should bring the following materials:

  • Reference material: Bring a variety of pictures/photos/drawings of landscapes that inspire you – the overall scene as well as details shots if you like plus any sketches/sketch books you may have done on a trip into the land. Optional: bring a found object from the land that caught your eye such as a seedpod.
  • Pencil/charcoal and some paper or a sketchbook.
  • Brushes (variety of sizes with a few bigger ones as well as small/thin ones for details)
  • Your chosen support of paper, canvas or board primed ready for painting. If using watercolour you will need a good quality paper to get the best results. We can talk about what texture will work best with your sensibility. If you are wanting to do loose expressive paper works then a rough arches in either 300gsm or 640gsm would be ideal.
  • Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to the paint.
  • Palette – White china plates work well.
  • Rags, Masking tape, jumbo bulldog clips

Students can use oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache depending on preference. Bring what you have already to the first class and we can tailor a shopping list to your project/paint colour preferences and intentions. A usual recommendation is to have basic primary colours in both warm and cool, a white and a Payne’s grey or black as well as a brown.

If you are unsure, bring what you have to the first class and we can decide what may be worth you investing in to add to your paint box. The following list of warm/cool colour range names (the names will vary depending on the paint brand). These are just a guide and you may have your own preference to what you like working in…but having some of the below colours to make a start will be helpful: Warm red (cadmium red [opaque] or napthol red medium [transparent]); Cool Red (permanent alizarin crimson); Cool Blue (Cerulean Blue [opaque] or Cerulean Blue Hue or Cobalt blue or manganese blue [transparent]); Warm Blue (Ultramarine Blue or Phthalo blue (red shade)); Cool Yellow (lemon yellow or cadmium yellow or bismuth yellow); Warm Yellow (Cadmium Yellow Deep or yellow azo deep); White (cool toned whites: titanium white, transparent white; warm toned whites: zinc white or mixing white); brown (raw or burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre); Additional optional extras: burnt sienna, sap green, prussian green, yellow ochre, cadmium orange, viridian green or phthalo green (yellow or blue shade), phthalo blue, Indian red, magenta, quinachrodine red/red-orange.

If you are using acrylics
If you are working in acrylics (or using it for underpainting) & you are interested in working with brighter hues or incorporating metallics look at the quinacridones (Eg. Quinacridone red or red orange or magenta) & phthalocyanine greens/blues, the ‘vivids’, ‘irridescents’ & ‘brights’. These colours can be found exclusively in the Liquitex and winsor & newton brand range. These colours are also available in oils in the winsor & newton range.
You will also need an acrylic paint bring a matt or gloss medium. This is important for glazing. Gloss medium is more effective for glazing as matt medium dulls darks.

If you are using oil paints
Bring whatever acrylics you have as well for underpainting.
Bring odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the studios. You tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.

Further materials and supports will be discussed in class though bring a support on the first class so we can launch straight in to the first work!

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.

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$460 Limited inc GST
Contemporary Landscape Painting | Carla Hananiah

<p>{image name:“contemporary-landscape-painting-hero”}</p><p>Explore your love of nature, experiment in your response to the landscape, and gain a new understanding of colour and paint materiality.

Earlybird discount (shown in green) when you enrol by 27 March. Find out more
Price excludes materials | Not for complete beginners prior painting experience is assumed

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Course testimonials:

  • Carla is an engaging teacher who provides excellent feedback and encouragement to her students. It was a pleasure to be in the classroom with her.
  • I have really enjoyed Carla's class this term. Her colour guidance has been invaluable. She carefully considers the different styles of each of her students and introduces them to new methods and techniques that enhance their unique work.
  • Carla Hananiah is excellent - gently encouraging, experienced, classes are enjoyable