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Oil Painting Master Class | Illusions of Reality with Still Life | Marie Mansfield

Course overview

Discover how to give the illusion of reality to your paintings through observing tone. In this two day Masterclass students will be shown how to observe tone through various exercises, be introduced to a method of mixing colours tonally and paint a still life study in oil. Students will learn how to observe light by studying still life. Learn techniques of observing light to give your paintings a sense of distance, space and atmosphere. Learn to see what is there rather than what we know is there.

This 2 day oil painting workshop is students with some prior oil painting experience who would like to improve their painting skills.

Marie Mansfield has developed a strong reputation for her tonalist portrait, landscape and still life paintings. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize with her painting of fellow New Zealander Euan Macleod and her 2018 entry “The hyper-realist (Nick Stathopoulos) (artist)” is in the Salon des Refuses at the SH Ervin Gallery. Marie is a regular finalist in the Moran Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Black Swan Portrait Prize and Mosman Art Prizes. Marie studied painting at the Julian Ashton Art School and post grad study in Painting at the National Art School.

_images selection of recent still life paintings by Marie Mansfield, Oil on Board _

Is this course right for me?

Some prior experience with oil painting is assumed


Please bring the following:
Palette Knife
2-3 Canvas boards or canvas 10x12"inch or larger (10x14" or 12x16") whatever feels comfortable.
Your brushes - Recommend Long Flat (Neef synthetic or similar) sizes 4,6 and 8.
Odourless Solvent (solvent MUST be odourless).
One or two jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and clean up
Rags or paper towels

Oil Paints. Bring what you have. Marie’s recommended colour palette is: Titanium White or Zinc White, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, yellow ochre, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson, Optional colours include: Cerulean Blue (hue will do), Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and Raw Umber.

Optional to prepare the boards: Acrylic Paint – White, Raw Umber

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:

  • Everything was great - thanks for a great workshop! Please send a big heartfelt thank you to Marie for her patience, guidance and encouragement, throughout the two days. I’m looking forward to the 8 week course with her.
  • Marie is a very generous teacher and gifted artist. Great ideas and fabulous palette theory.