« Art

No dates are currently scheduled.

Please Note: No classes 29 September and 6 October

We will begin exploring the landscape through the graphic power of Black and White, artists who have used this in their work will be explored, such as Brett Whitely and Dorrit Black. We will then move on to produce work adding the use of tonal graduations to create more atmospheric work. The work of  American painter, James Whistler will be discussed and his use of tonality will be explored. Then we will slowly move toward colour, the work of the English artist, Patrick Caulfield will be explored, especially his works where among a range of dark tones, he adds one colour, creating a dramatic result. 

Then we will produce works where we add more and more colour, until we finally arrive at work where colour dominates and we will explore the work of two artists where colour is used at a heightened emotional level. The artist are the French painter Andre Derain and the Australian John Rigby.  Thus completing our journey from black and white to colour.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course students will have been made aware of a wide range of creative means of painting the landscape. From the graphic impact of black and white, to the use of only one colour amid a range of black, white and greys, to the intensity of colour at is most heightened and emotional. The  course will also discuss the importance original composition in landscape painting as another creative tool to be used. The student will then have the choice in producing future work were they can select and combine in work  the range of options and compositional ideas they experienced in the class.

Who should enrol

The course would best suit students who have had some previous painting experience & students who have had considerable painting experience or students who are prepared to jump in the deep end & see what happens? 

Course Materials

Suggested pre class preparation is to do some background reading on the artists.

Materials to be purchased once course is confirmed.

  • A3 sketch book
  • 45 cm plastic ruler, 
  • HB pencil, 2B pencil, 2 carbon pencils, (soft) box of willow stick charcoal
  • Stanley knife
  • Box of coloured pencils
  • Can of workable fixative
  • ox of pastels
  • Art Spectrum painting medium No 1
  • Art spectrum No 4 (these mediums are for use with oil paint)
  • Household turps (for washing brushes for those using oil paint)
  • Acrylic flow medium, acrylic retarding medium, acrylic glaze medium, for people using acrylics
  • Palette, 4 or 5 screw top jars
  • Painting knife (a form of palette knife with a bent shank)
  • Hog hair brushes No’s 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (round and square), synthetic sable brushes (round, long handle) Nos 1, 2, 4 
  • 5 cm house painting brush
  • Three canvases 60 x 40 cm , four canvases of 100 x 70 cm, six canvases 20 x 30 cm
  • One jar of impasto painting medium (for creating textures)
  • 500 ml of PVA glue 

Art Spectrum brand oil or acrylic paint in these colours 

  • Titanium or Zinc white (large tube)
  • Cadmium Red
  • Vermillion Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Black 

Related Courses