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Contemporary Fauvism - Painting the Still Life in Acrylics with Paul McCarthy

Come on an exciting and informed acrylic painting workshop journey with Paul McCarthy as you learn to become loose and vibrant with your approach to painting. This workshop is perfect for students not afraid to have a go at something wild yet controlled; free and yet composed. Your end result can be as abstract or as realistic as you wish, with emphasis on design and composition, combined with colour control and harmonies. Paul McCarthy is known for his colourful and expressive paintings of still life, interiors and landscapes.

Over the two day workshop, you will paint one or two still life paintings in acrylics on canvas. A set up will be available, however if you have your own objects or preference bring these along with you including flowers in vase, potted plants, tablecloth or fabric, crockery, etc.

Represented by Sydney’s Rochfort Gallery who describe “McCarthy's plein-air vision of the bush is one of energised colour. His landscapes combine Fauvism, Impressionism and Contemporary Abstraction. His exquisite colour combinations give his paintings an exotic flair, through which he captures and finds a whole new and dramatic light unique to his environment. ”

View Paul's art at Rochfort Gallery

Main image: detail from Paul McCarthy ‘Floral Tea’ 64x64 cm. Oil on linen. 2021. Courtesy Rochfort Gallery
Thumbnail image: Paul McCarthy ‘Persimmons and Roses’ 51x51cm. Oil on linen. 2021. Courtesy Rochfort Gallery

Is this workshop right for me?

Prior acrylic painting experience is required.

Materials list

  • 2 canvasses approx 50x50cm or thereabouts. You can work on both canvasses over the two days, or do one painting one day and another the second day.
  • Whatever acrylic paints you normally use. DO NOT go out and buy anything special, but we recommend using good artist quality paints (cheap paints give a poor result). Matisse Derivan, Atelier, Golden are all excellent brands.
  • Your usual brushes.
  • two water containers (plastic food storage best)
  • rags or paper towels
  • sketch book of some cartridge paper
  • Pencil, charcoal (compressed or willow)


  • Still life objects to paint including flowers in vase, potted plants, tablecloth or fabric, crockery, picture frame, etc.

Use Your NSW Discover Voucher

This class is eligible for the NSW Discover Voucher so you can save $25 on your total cost. To book with your Discover Voucher, simply use our online form in the link below or book over the phone. Please ensure you have your voucher in the form of a PDF ready when you book (this would have been emailed to you by Service NSW).

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This class is held in our new studios.

Our 2022 workshops will all be delivered in our new, fully airconditioned Art Est Studios in the John Street Leichhardt Precinct. We are affectionately calling it East Village Leichhardt, as it’s on the border with Annandale! Click the venue link below for details.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used. Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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