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Online + Studio | Transform the way you paint | Ashley Frost

This class will transform the way you paint! Suitable for anyone who has been painting for a while but reached a creative block, feels stale or needs some technical intervention. In this new course, work with experienced tutor and award winning artist Ashley Frost who is known for his palette knife paintings with compositions that use light to capture a fleeting moment in time. Ashley will recommend structured exercises to help students overcome technical difficulties and creative blocks and refine their skills. Whether you work in oils, acrylics, watercolour or mixed media, this class will give you new skills and confidence to apply to your art practice.

In this course you will refine individual style and improve foundation painting skills, build confidence to complete works ready for that next art prize you’ve always wanted to enter.

image credits: Ashley Frost

What to expect

Over the term students will :

  • work towards completing several paintings on canvas or paper – your choice of surface and scale
  • learn how to use their own preparatory drawings, paintings, photographs or other source material to develop ideas
  • learn about composition and discuss formats for laying out a painting
  • learn about colour selection, colour mixing and transparency and opacity
  • try new methods of applying paint with palette knives to achieve depth, tone and texture
  • learn about brushes and brushwork – what to use when, and how
  • refine individual style and improve foundation painting skills.

Is this course right for me?

This course assumes some prior painting experience. Suitable for anyone who wants to work on their own painting projects, but needs the guidance of a tutor. Artists who want to work BIG but don’t know where to start or need help to develop an idea into a finished painting.


For the first session you can work from a still life project devised by the tutor (drawing or painting – your choice) OR you can begin work from your own subject matter.

Bring whatever is in your paint kit, but we recommend the following as a minimum:

You will need the following for the first lesson:

  • A sketch book A4 or A5 or some loose sheets of cartridge paper
  • A drawing pencil in the 2B to 5B range
  • A canvas (approx A3 size)
  • 2-4 large bull dog clips
  • A palette knife with a metal blade
  • Disposable Painting Palette
  • Paint rags cut down to about 15 cm pieces and a roll of kitchen paper
  • Variety of brushes- Selection of at least 4 brushes in or around these sizes 1/4 inch ‘flat’ and ‘round’ 1/2 inch ‘filbert’ and ‘round’. Check with staff at art shop that the brushes you are buying are suitable for your choice of oil or acrylic
  • Paints: Students may use oil or acrylic in this class. Please bring your preferred paints. The guide is for a basic colour kit for oils and acrylics. Please buy good quality paints for the best results. Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue Viridian Green, Raw Umber. We recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands) or brands that have a ‘student quality’ (Winsor & Newton)

If using acrylic paints
Bring Open Medium – for keeping paint workable longer.

If using oils paints
You will need Linseed Oil 100ml OR Artists Spectrum ‘Lean’ Medium 100ml
You will also need ODOURLESS solvent – at least 500 ml. 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.

For Term 4, our regular classes will return to studio based learning.

We are also continuing some classes via zoom for students preferring online learning at this time. Please check the location details with the class information before enrolling.

For studio based classes, extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

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

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Course testimonials:

  • Ashley provided me with support and guidance as I learned and experimented with new ideas. As a result I completed a painting that I created myself. He also provided tips and helpful info that will help me continue to build my own practice.
  • Ash is extremely knowledgeable and very generous with his teaching of painting techniques and tips. I have learnt a lot of valuable painting techniques in this class and recommend it to anyone wanting to develop their painting practice.
  • 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.