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Painting | Figure Painting from Life using Oil or Acrylics | One Day Workshop with Rachel Milne

Course overview

We are pleased to welcome guest tutor Rachel Milne for this one day figure painting workshop. In this workshop In this class Rachel Milne will be breaking down the potentially intimidating subject of drawing and painting the clothed figure into manageable chunks. Beginning with working from images and moving on to the model, Rachel will demonstrate each stage, using exercises designed to help improve your figure drawing (and painting!) skills. Students also will learn a number of techniques for “intense observation” that will help students tackle any subject matter with confidence. Fee includes life model for 3 hours of the workshop. Students may work in their choice of acrylic or oil paints.

Rachel Milne is a figurative oil painter based in Newcastle who paints from life. She has been a finalist in the Archibald Salon des Refuse and the Wynne Prize in 2017 and won the Singleton Prize for Portraiture in 2013. Rachel is represented by the King Street Gallery on William in Sydney.

Image by Rachel Milne

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for beginners to more advanced students. Some prior experience in portraiture or figurative painting is desirable to gain the most from this workshop, but what really matters is enthusiasm!


  • Pencils (HB – 2B)
  • Sketchpad (A3 ideally)
  • Hard eraser and sharpener
  • Putty rubber / kneadable eraser
  • 1 x A3 canvas
  • Brushes – bring what you have (ideally long handled synthetic bristle filbert sizes 2 & 6)
  • Masking tape
  • Palette
  • Rags
  • Your acrylic paints OR oil paints in the following colours: Burnt Siena, Ultramarine Blue; Titanium White, Lemon Yellow (students will use a limited palette during the class)
  • If painting in oils, please bring a small bottle of refined linseed oil and a jam jar with a lid.

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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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Course testimonials:

  • Rachel was terrific. She provided some very useful teachings and did so in a positive way. I learned a lot in a short time
  • I liked the artist/tutor's, technique enthusiasm professionalism and skill
  • I had great day and I felt I learnt enough to make me feel more confident with figure painting in the future. Rachael was a great tutor and explained concepts in a clear and concise manner.