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Oil Painting | Landscape Painting after Corot and the Barbizon Painters | Michelle Hiscock

Course overview

We are pleased to welcome guest tutor Michelle Hiscock to the Summer Art School. Michelle is well known for her expertise in the history of painting techniques, materials and methods. Michelle has exhibited widely across Australia and is currently represented by Australian Galleries in Sydney. She is a regular painting lecturer at the National Art School and has also given talks and demonstrations at the Art Gallery of NSW, she is adept at teaching beginners through to more experienced painters.

Thorugh the painting of a 1:1 scale transcription of a Barbizon School painting, students will learn classical painting techniques as they relate to painting the landscape. Referencing the work of the Barbizon School painters, such as Jean Baptist Camille Corot, students will complete a copy of a small landscape painting in oils. This two day workshop is for students with some prior oil painting experience who would like to build on their existing skills and learn :

about traditional support preparation
how to apply coloured grounds
about composition, tonal underpainting
how to set your palette and mix colours
how to paint in layers (eg glazing and scumbling)

images Shark Bay, After the Storm Michelle Hiscock credit Australian Galleries, Sydney and above “The Roman Campagna with the Claudian Aquaduct” by Corot

Is this course right for me?

Students should have some prior oil painting experience. At the very least, students should have attended an introductory oil painting workshop.


Please bring the following materials to your workshop:

1 stretched canvas or piece of primed linen approximately A3 size
1 palette knife, diamond shaped like a trowel
Lightweight hand-held palette, e.g. glass, plywood or plastic – flat, without ridges or indents
Tube of white acrylic paint, Matisse ‘Structure’ is recommended
1 × 3B pencil and a ball point pen
Cotton cloth rags (old sheets are best)
Paper towels
1 rectangular takeaway container
Refined linseed oil, at least 250ml for brush cleaning
Cake of soap or non-toxic brush cleaner
Disposable gloves, vinyl are better than latex
Pair of scissors

Your tutor will provide you with a reference image of a Barbizon School painting to work from, so if you have an ipad or tablet, you may also bring this to zoom in on the detail as you paint.

Do not bring solvents or mediums. A low-odour painting medium will be provided.

Please bring all the brushes you currently own. Ultimately, it is preferable to have 5 or more of each brush you like to use rather than a whole lot of completely different brushes. If you are buying brushes for the first time we recommend the following as a minimum:
3 filbert, synthetic or natural hog hair brushes approx. 8mm wide
1 round, pointed, synthetic sable brush approx. 5mm wide
1 flat, synthetic sable brush approx. 15mm wide

Oil paints
The following is a suggested list of colors. The exercises you choose to do might only require a limited selection of colors so please bring the paints you already have and discuss with Michelle before purchasing additional paints. If buying paints, please ensure you buy quality paints (eg Old Holland, Art Spectrum, Winsor and Newton). Do not buy discount store packs as these do not have the correct pigment or viscosity and you will not achieve desired outcomes. Small tubes are fine.
Titanium white (professional grade only; e.g. Old Holland, Winsor and Newton or Art Spectrum)
Bright yellow (e.g., Winsor Yellow, Spectrum Yellow – NOT CADMIUM)
Yellow Ochre or Mars Yellow
Venetian Red or Red Earth
Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber
Raw Umber
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Vine or Charcoal Black

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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