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Online | Transform the way you paint with Ashley Frost

Course Overview

This painting course is open to anyone, from beginners to those with prior experience. This 8-week program will explore a number of fundamentals including tone and colour, perspective and proportions and finding structure in the painting. We will also look at drawing exercises to help discover gestures and movement in the work.

What to expect

  • Each week the class will start with a short demonstration and tutorial and then, students will be given the option to proceed with their own work or create a work based on the week’s program.
  • Over the course, students will learn compositional techniques to help establish ideas for new paintings from a wide range of genres including still life, interiors, landscape, portrait and figure studies.
  • There will be two classes where we have a clothed model to work from.

What you will achieve

Students will:

  • Learn to bring colour, light and energy into paintings
  • Learn about composition, colour harmony and more
  • Learn approaches to applying paint and mark making
  • Learn about classical and modern master painters
  • Understand the methods that can move a painting from representation to abstraction
  • Learn to work from a range of sources including drawings, oil sketches and black and white photographs

Material List

  • Pencil/charcoal and some paper or an A4 sketchbook
  • Palette – A4 or A3 size clear perspex, traditional timber palette or disposable. (Avoid using plates as a palette)
  • Rags (lots!), Masking tape, jumbo bulldog clips
  • Brushes (variety of sizes with a few bigger ones as well as small/thin ones for details)
  • Palette knives, at least two.
  • For supports: it’s a good idea to have a range of boards or canvases from as small as 20cm up to 60cm.
  • 3-4 sheets of white or off white Stonehenge paper 56x76cm
  • Reference material: Bring a variety of pictures/photos/drawings of landscapes and interiors that inspire you – plus any sketches you may have done.
  • Paints: Students may use acrylic or oil paints only. Please use student quality or better paints.
  • Clean up: All should bring soup and some heavy-duty scourers. Oil painters should bring disposable gloves, paper towels and a couple of jars to recycle solvent.

The following list will provide you with the essential colours

Warm red (In order of preference 1. Cadmium Red, or, Vermillion or Spectrum Red );
Cool Red (1. Quixonachrome Magenta or 2.Alizarin Crimson);
Cool Blue (1. Cobalt Teal or 2. Cerulean Blue or 3. Tasman Blue)
Warm Blue (1. Ultramarine Blue or 2. Cobalt Blue);
Cool Yellow (1. Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light);
Warm Yellow (1. Yellow Ochre, 2. Cadmium Yellow Deep or 3. Spectrum Yellow,)
Titanium White
Raw Umber or Burnt Umber, either one is fine. We mix this with your blue to make a black.

The following list will provide you with some extra colours that are worth buying

An additional white-Zinc White
Some additional earth colours including Transparent Red Oxide, Burnt Sienna
Some additional secondary colours including Phthalo Green or Viridian green, Quixonachrome Violet or Spectrum Violet, Cadmium Orange or spectrum orange
Acrylic mediums: Glaze painting medium, impasto medium, crackle medium
Oil mediums: Gamsol solvent, linseed oil and liquin. Do not bring any other mediums as these may release airborne toxins
Optional: A colour wheel and Greyscale chart

This class will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our classes have been designed to run online. Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

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

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Course testimonials:

  • I have enrolled in a number of terms with Ashley Frost as I feel he is an amazing teacher. He has a very flexible and generous approach which meets each student according to their individual needs. I was very grateful to Ash for organising an art-school exhibition for his students which helped raise funds for a very worthy charity. I also learned a lot from a guest teacher that he brought into class. Attending class is a highlight of my week!
  • I enjoyed the generosity of Ash Frost and his mentoring and his willingness to adapt to the needs of each individual in the class. I've learnt a lot of fundamental painting techniques from him and feel that my painting style has really started to evolve. I also enjoyed being in a class full of wonderful people!
  • Ash is a skilled teacher. His advice regarding the craft of painting was very valuable to me. I learnt so much from him during this term.