Thu 21 Jul 2022 - Thu 20 Oct 2022

09:30 - 12:30

12 Sessions

Face-to-face

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 were we add more and more colour, till we finally arrive at work were 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 

Thu 21 Jul 2022 - Thu 20 Oct 2022

13:30 - 16:30

12 Sessions

Face-to-face

Please Note: No classes 29 September and 6 October

We all live a domestic world, a roof over our head, favourite  things around us, paintings on the wall. In this class we will look at the work of three Australian women artists who took delight in painting their domestic world, they are Jean Bellette, Grace Cossington Smith & Margaret Preston. Bellette took delight in painting a corner of a room, things on a table, often with a “Cubist” edge to them. Cossington Smith often produced work that contained things in the room & glimpses of the garden through the window. Preston love of vases of  flowers, a tray set for afternoon tea, were among her favourite subjects. So, using these three artists as “creative role models” we will study the various creative means the used to  paint things around the house & looking out the window.

Learning outcomes

The class aims to make students aware that the everyday world of life at home is a rich source of creative inspiration. To give them the means to sit at home with either a sketch book in hand a a canvas on an easel & paint a corner of home. Also, to know what medium is best used to describe their choice of subject matter. The learn to choose what stylistic device or combination of stylistic devices learnt from the class , that they can then employ in their own work to produce work that is satisfying to them.

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 
No dates are currently scheduled.

Note: This course will be held at Strathnairn Arts Association. There will be no sessions on 14 and 21 April.

UPDATE: In response to the COVID situation in the ACT, the start date of this course has been delayed by FOUR weeks. It will now commence on Thursday, 3 March 2022. This is to allow participants some extra time to receive their COVID booster dose where desired.

Our everyday world usually starts with breakfast, then lunch & finally dinner, artists through time have depicted these daily events. In this course will explore three artists who have, Bonnard, Matisse & Picasso. Using these three artists as our “Creative role models” we will set out through drawing & paint to capture these moments of our day through the various methods the three artists have used.

Artists through time have found inspiration in painting the dining table set for one of the three meals of the day. So, with this theme as our starting point, we set out to produce work that is inspired by paintings of Bonnard, Matisse, and Picasso. We will start with Breakfast, often a quick casual affair. In the work of Bonnard, we see him capture that moment, with a lone seated figure enjoying a coffee. Lunch, more formal in the table being set, however, it could be outdoors, the table effected by the dappled light filtered through overhanging flora. Matisse will be our inspiration, his use of pattern, line, shape, and his use of intense colour, will be at the centre of the work we produce. Dinner, candlelight, figures seated, involved in conversation in the subdued light. Picasso will be our inspiration; his cubist style will allow us to explore more abstract work. So, using these three artists as our creative role models we will set out to produce work inspired by these three artists, but, at the same time helping you find your own creative voice in our 12 weeks together.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  • have an understanding of how to compose a painting, what role colour plays in creating a mood in a painting and what techniques are best used.
  • appreciate the stylistic differences of the artists, to help students consider how to develop their own styles.
  • understand the importance of the choice of subject matter and what techniques and style would be best employed to achieve successful and various creative outcomes.

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 three artists. Understand their differences in style as well as what major artistic events were happening at the time, such as Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism. These aspects will be explored in the class.

  • 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 
  • Box 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
No dates are currently scheduled.

Note: This course will be held at Strathnairn Arts Association. There will be no sessions on 14 and 21 April.

UPDATE: In response to the COVID situation in the ACT, the start date of this course has been delayed by FOUR weeks. It will now commence on Thursday, 3 March 2022. This is to allow participants some extra time to receive their COVID booster dose where desired.

Monet, known for his landscapes of nature, however, like other impressionists he also painted city streetscapes.

The course will set out use the streets & parks of Civic as our inspiration. In the case of Monet, will explore his use loose free expressive brushstrokes and his ability to capture the fleeting moment of light and shadow. With Hockney, we will explore his use of fresh sharp colour and short crisp brushstrokes to evoke the various textures found in the landscape. These qualities are to be found in his most recent work of paintings of France.

So, with these two artists as our creative role models, we study the various techniques, we then set out to explore Civic from a uniquely artistic perspective.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  • have an understanding of how to compose a painting
  • appreciate the stylistic differences of the artists
  • understand the importance of the choice of subject matter and what techniques and style would be best employed to achieve successful and various creative outcomes and finding creative inspiration in our home town.

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

Students should also do some background reading into the two artists and study their work.

  • 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 
  • Box 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
No dates are currently scheduled.

Learn the techniques of contemporary watercolour! This class presents a broad range of subjects and techniques aimed to build your proficiency and confidence with watercolour through a variety of projects including still life, portrait and landscape subjects. Classes will cover a broad range of watercolour techniques with reference to appropriate contemporary and historical artists.

Each week you will be presented with a new approach to watercolour, covering everything from bold loose applications, to highly detailed miniatures and monotypes.

Gain confidence in watercolour, while receiving practical guidance that responds to your interests and encourages the development of a personal painting language.

Course outline

  • Week 1: Introduction to Materials and Colour Theory (Still Life)
  • Week 2: Colour Mixing, Washes and Tonal Values (Urban Landscape)
  • Week 3: Composition, Drawing Skills and Painting from Life (Still Life)
  • Week 4: Brush Techniques and Photographic Technologies (Miniature Painting)
  • Week 5: Mixing Skin Tones and Portrait Painting (Portrait)
  • Week 6: Experimental techniques (Monotype)

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you should:

  • have an expanded knowledge of watercolour materials, techniques and processes
  • have a greater appreciation of contemporary watercolour artists and their historical contexts
  • have increased confidence to produce their own works independently
  • have greater proficiency in colour mixing, building compositions, establishing tonal values and drawing from life.

Who should enrol

This course is open to all skill levels.

Materials

Paint

Artist quality pigments are preferable, otherwise good quality student pigments are okay (e.g. Winsor & Newton Cotman). I also recommend watercolour tubes over pans as these will be more versatile.

  • Warm (Cadmium Yellow) and cool (Cadmium Lemon) yellows
  • Warm (Cadmium Red) and cool (Permanent Alizarin Crimson) reds
  • Warm (Ultramarine) and cool (Cerulean) blues
  • Earthy hues such as Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber

Brushes

  • A range of soft watercolour brushes, mostly rounds and a few flat - natural fibres are best, followed by good quality synthetics
  • One small round brush with a fine point

Paper

  • Five sheets of A3 cotton rag watercolour paper - 140lb/300gsm or heavier (rough and hot press (smooth))

Other

  • Lead pencils, sharpener, ruler, eraser, watercolour pencil (pale blue or grey)
  • Paper towel
  • Reusable water container
  • Reusable or disposable palette
  • Spray bottle


No dates are currently scheduled.

During this online course, you will learn about watercolour painting through the active application of various techniques, creating a set of artworks over 8 weeks. This course is aimed at beginners who have had some exposure to watercolour painting (formally or informally). This course is delivered completely online.

Each week you will explore different landscape themes, such as mountains, forests and beaches, in different styles and perspectives. The styles explored will be conducted in blocks of two weeks where the student will paint a simple and complex painting within the samem theme to improve on learned skills. This course will allow you to attain the skills required to paint landscapes by yourself in a range of different styles.

To enable your learning, you will receive a step-by-step PDF each week as well as other course supporting materials, outlining the techniques and process of the painting you complete and teacher’s feedback throughout the lesson and the duration of the course. This course will have small assignments during the week however, these are optional.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to landscape painting. Explore the different components which make up a landscape painting and complete a basic landscape sketch, utilizing the wet-on-wet techniques and the wet-on-dry techniques.
Class painting: Basic landscape sketch

Week 2: Introduction of further complexities into landscape painting, incorporating all learned techniques and expanding the colour palette. Learning of additional techniques including dry brushing and colour blending on paper.
Class painting: Landscape painting with a varied colour palette

Week 3: Introduction to painting mountains and mountainous terrain in a monochrome palette, as well as exploring balance in composition of each painting, and incorporating previously learned techniques.
Class painting: Snowy mountains

Week 4: Addition of complexities to mountains and introducing detail to create a more complex painting.
Class painting: Mountains descending into a lake

Week 5: Introduction to painting seas and beaches through the exploration of the art of Joe Cartwright best known for his beach scenes, learning about paper orientation, and how to paint from photos.
Class painting: beach scene

Week 6: Exploring further beach and sea scapes with a discussion, tips, and trics for painting en plein air. Addition of further complexities and detail. Introduction of techniques for painting waves. Introduction to masking fluid techniques.
Class painting: sea scape

Week 7: Introduction to urban sketching and architecture. This will include a quick introduction to elements of urban sketching including buildings, people and inanimate objects. This will include a recap of perspective drawing to include more detail.

Week 8: Complete a final course painting incorporating all learned techniques.
Class painting: Paint a modern urban sketch

Learning outcomes

  • Explore a variety of watercolour techniques and themes
  • Have a basic understanding of colour blending and use of materials
  • Understand painting composition in a variety of styles
  • Progress from lose style painting to increasing the amount of detail in the painting
  • Learn about influential watercolour artists
  • Create 7-8 paintings throughout the duration of the course
  • Have the ability to paint with watercolour by yourself

Who should enrol

The course is aimed at beginners. Some drawing/sketching experience is preferred.

Required materials

  • Watercolour paints: at a minimum a standard pack of 12 colours is recommended, either liquid or dry (Monte Martre is a suitable brand for beginners). Colours should at least include: blue, red, yellow, ochre, crimson (pink), brown, black, green (2 shades)
  • Watercolour paper: A4 paper at 300gsm is recommended (with no less than 240gsm). This course involves a lot of heavy application of water -based paint, making thin pages deteriorate quickly
  • Masking tape: used to tape down paper
  • Brushes: 1 x large, soft, round brush 1 x medium, soft, round brush 1 x small, round brush (soft or hard) 1 x medium, flat brush (optional)
  • Masking fluid
  • Palette: a small palette with 8-12 well will be sufficient. Alternatively, any flat surface will be sufficient
  • Fineliner (waterproof and non-waterproof
  • Paper towel
  • Scrap paper
  • 2B pencil (for sketching)
  • Rubber (hard or soft)
  • Sharpner
  • Reusable water container or plastic cup
  • Personal Electronic Device (Laptop, phone, computer, go pro)

Additional recommended materials:

  • Masking Fluid
  • Small spray bottle of water
  • White acrylic paint
  • Hair dryer
  • Black Ink

Online Platform

The course will be run through zoom.

Online resources (available to you)

  • Step-by-step PDF
  • Moodle resources
  • Teacher feedback (via email)
  • Weekly assignments (optional)
No dates are currently scheduled.

During this online course, you will learn about watercolour painting through the active application of various techniques, creating a set of artworks over 4 weeks. This course is aimed at beginners with no previous painting experience. This course is delivered completely online.

Each week you will explore different landscape themes, including landscapes, beaches, austrliana and the sea. This course will allow you to attain the skills required to paint landscapes by yourself. This course includes basic sketching and painting theory.

To enable your learning, you will receive a step-by-step PDF each week as well as other course supporting materials, outlining the techniques and process of the painting you complete, as well as teacher feedback throughout the lesson and the duration of the course. This course will have small assignments during the week however, these are optional.

Course outline

  • Week 1: In this introductory lesson, you will learn to paint a flat landscape, exploring the different components forming an essential part of landscape painting.
  • Week 2 – This week we will explore painting a snow scene, and the effects of light on snow. Our theme is: Mountains.
  • Week 3 – This week you will paint a simple coastal beach, learning to blend different colours together in an unusual way.
  • Week 4 – Paint an Australiana themed piece to finish off the course, combining all previously learned techniques.

Learning outcomes

  • Explore a variety of watercolour techniques and themes
  • Have a basic understanding of colour blending and use of materials
  • Understand painting composition in a variety of landscapes
  • Progress from lose style painting to increasing the amount of detail in the painting
  • Create 4 paintings throughout the duration of the course
  • Have the ability to paint with watercolour by yourself

Who should enrol

The course is aimed at beginners who have had some exposure to watercolour painting. Some drawing/sketching experience is preferred.

Required materials

Watercolour paints: at a minimum a standard pack of 12 colours is recommended, either liquid or dry (Monte Martre is a suitable brand for beginners). Colours should at least include: phtalo blue, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ochre, crimson (pink), brown (burnt umber), black, sap green. It is recommended you have the following additional colours: phtalo green, burnt sienna, indigo blue, ultramarine blue, purple

Watercolour paper: A4 paper at 300gsm is recommended (with no less than 240gsm). This course involves a lot of heavy application of water -based paint, making thin pages deteriorate quickly

Masking tape: used to tape down paper

Brushes:

  • 1 x large, soft, round brush
  • 1 x medium, soft, round brush
  • 1 x small, round brush (soft or hard)
  • 1 x medium, flat brush (optional)

Palette: a small palette with 8-12 well will be sufficient. Alternatively, any flat surface will be sufficient

Fineliner (waterproof and non-waterproof)

Paper towel

Scrap paper

2B pencil (for sketching)

Rubber (hard or soft)

Sharpner

Reusable water container or plastic cup