Thu 25 Jul 2019 - Thu 24 Oct 2019

13:30 - 16:30

12 Sessions
5 spots remaining.

Teacher: Michael Winters

Take a closer look at your day and discover how to creatively bring to life the mundane and humdrum. Using two English artists as inspiration: Stanley Spencer, who emphasised patterns and distorted human poses, and Anthony Green, who painted ordinary scenes from above; find your own unique perspective to portray your day around the house.

Course outline

Take a closer look at your day - a coffee and toast to start, kids to school, and then work; home again rustling up a meal, cleaning up before slumping in front of the telly; and weekends filled with gardening and chores. A myriad of other things fill our days.

To help you artistically explore our domestic world, you will look at two English artists, Stanley Spencer and Anthony Green. Both these artists expressed ordinary, almost humdrum events, of a day around the house. However, both artists applied great creative skills to their work.

In Spencer, we see family members - mum, dad and the kids - in a tight embrace; all wearing heavily patterned clothing. The patterned clothes and his rhythmic distortion of the embrace, create a unique and creative portrayal of domestic life.

Green also offers us a very unique description of life around the house. He goes one step further by creating works from the vantage point of looking down on what is happening; creating the most unique perspective in what he is artistically allowing us to see in his domestic world.

So, with these two artists as inspiration - creative role models - you will artistically explore a day around your house through a series of compositional drawings to then work into your own paintings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should

  • walk away with an understanding of/greater appreciation for Stanley Spencer and Anthony Green's artwork
  • walk away your own creative works of art depicting scenes from your own home
  • have increased your painting skills and fine tuned your creativity to view a mundane scene in a different perspective.

Who should enrol

This course is open to all levels.

Course materials

You will need to provide a range of paper, pencils, paints and various art supplies. A full list of materials will be posted to the student portal.

Thu 19 Sep 2019 - Thu 31 Oct 2019

18:30 - 21:30

5 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Apply flair and style with confidence as you learn to draw more accurately in this timeless and fundamental art form. Discover a range of concepts including negative space drawing and relative measure, as well as techniques using pencils, charcoal, and inks.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: General introductory exercises - learn important technical information and some frequently asked questions while moving on to negative space drawing exercises.
  • Topic 2a: Still life drawing - you will learn reverse image drawing and simple object drawing using relative measures, negative space, and asymmetric connections
  • Topic 2b: Still life drawing - you will be introduced to drawing shapes through and charcoal techniques
  • Topic 3: Drawing the landscape - the focus will be on learning and practising tonal drawing through exercises
  • Topic 4: Life drawing - you will be introduced to life drawing while focussing on negative space and relative measures
  • Topic 5: Portrait drawing - you will learn about portrait drawing including oversize drawing techniques using compressed and willow charcoal.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  • understand key technical aspects of drawing including; negative space, relative measure, asymmetrical point connections, drawing size ratios, composition, and quality of line
  • understand and use thinking techniques relevant to drawing including: drawing from a specific point and relating the rest of the drawing proportionally to this point, looking for what is 'unfamiliar and distinctive' in the subject, and using this as the starting point, understanding what 'flow' is and how to get it, and using time wisely in relation to your subject and your drawing
  • have learnt to appreciate and understand key moments in art, from the 19th and 20th Cs including; famous artists and their techniques from this period and the different ideas represented by different artistic movements from this period.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone at any level who want to learn to draw or improve their drawing skills, particularly with regard to accuracy.

Thu 15 Aug 2019 - Thu 19 Sep 2019

18:30 - 21:30

6 Sessions
12 spots remaining.

Let your imagination take flight as you look into the long history and discover the fine art of bird illustration. Then take the next step and bring your sketches to life in watercolour and gouache.

Course outline

This course is most suited to those who have some experience or familiarity of working with watercolour and/or gouache. You will learn the history, background and functions of illustration for identification and why illustration still has an important role in an age of photography. While birds are the focus, the principles learned are widely applicable.

  • Topic 1: understanding and showing structure, plumage details and colour, bare parts, critical features/key differences; anatomy – skeleton. musculature, feathers, feather tracts, bare parts (bills, eyes, legs and feet)
  • Topic 2: effective use of references – field sketches/observation, museum specimens, measurements, photographs and video. Brief coverage of use of binoculars and spotting scopes, birding locations, bird behaviour
  • Topic 3: how to build the foundation for an accurate illustration, ‘cladding’ the skeleton to complete the drawing.
  • Topic 4: techniques and materials: painting in watercolour/gouache – paper/board, paints, brushes; blocking in and detailing. Consideration of composition, light and colour, habitat

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should have an understanding of bird illustration and the practical skills needed to produce finished artwork in watercolour and gouache, ready for publication.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone keen to learn to see the natural world and try to capture its extraordinary beauty. Beginners are welcome, though it is best if you have done at least one other art-based CCE course to learn the basics of drawing and of putting down a watercolour wash.

Materials

All demonstrations will be in gouache, with some additional watercolour. Students are welcome to work in pure watercolour though this is a slower process and differs in approach. Working in coloured pencil is also an option, though it won’t be used for demonstrations.

You will need to bring along the following:

  • Gouache set: warm yellow (Cadmium or primary), cool yellow (Lemon or Primrose), warm red (cadmium or W&N Flame red), cool red (alizarin crimson), warm blue (ultramarine blue), cool blue (pthalo blue or Winsor blue), yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, viridian or Winsor green, black,  white.

(alternatively, same colour set in watercolour, plus gouache white and black)

  • Watercolour brushes: round, size 4 and 6, good quality synthetic (e.g. Roymac Revolution Taklon, Robert Wade Neef)
  • Large Palette with wells for colour mixing
  • Watercolour paper 300gsm CP/Not surface Watercolour pad, A4. Alternatively, 600gsm CP/Not surface Watercolour paper (e.g. Fabriano, Arches), or board eg Daler Rowney Watercolour board, cut to size (A4)
  • Pencils HB, 2B and hard (4H)
  • Tracing paper pad, A4
  • Knead-able eraser
  • Masking tape
  • Roll towel
  • Large water jar

Thu 08 Aug 2019 - Thu 12 Sep 2019

18:30 - 21:30

6 Sessions
9 spots remaining.

Teacher: Kirrily Humphries

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


Thu 25 Jul 2019 - Thu 05 Sep 2019

18:30 - 21:30

7 Sessions
6 spots remaining.

Presenter: John Vance

Learn different oil painting techniques and concepts, including colour mixing and composition while exploring a range of themes such as still life, landscape and portrait painting as you’re exposed to works of artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: General introduction: you will be introduced to the important technical information of oil painting and the relevant drawing techniques. You will work on still life painting teaching important techniques of painting models and learning to develop accuracy
  • Topic 2: Still life and colour: you will once again work on a still life project, but this time focussing on colour. You will learn to understand tertiary colour and how to colour match.
  • Topic 3: Landscape painting: you will learn about and to paint 'alla prima'. You will learn to develop an understanding of how colours mix naturally when painting onto a wet ground. You will also discover to paint quickly without worrying about accuracy and preliminary drawing.
  • Topic 4: Portrait painting: you will paint directly from a model learning the develop the techniques of Stanley Spencer and Lucien Freud. You will be shown how to mix flesh tones and colour match against the model. Different approaches to composition will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • understand key technical aspects of oil painting including: modelling paint, value and saturation, colour matching, types of mediums, painting surfaces, types of brushes and storing paint
  • understand the different ways in which oil paint can be applied including: painting in sections, painting 'alla prima', repainting sections of a painting once those sections are dry
  • understand key aspects of art theory including:
    • the concept of context - discussing the work of Carl Andre and Eduard Manet
    • the idea of modernism and how it was put visually into practice by a range of painters form the 19th and 20thC's.
    • the subjective nature of taste and how this is shaped by different external influences.

Who should enrol

This course is open to beginners who want to learn oil painting.

Materials List

Please bring the following items along to the class on your first night: 

  • colours: You can use either conventional oil paint or water mixable oil paint - magenta (rose madder for conventional oil paint or permanent rose for water mixable oil paint), pthalo blue, lemon yellow, titanium or zinc white and any series 1 black. It is important that you buy the right type of magenta, otherwise you will not be able to mix colours accurately. It is recommend you get the Rowney Georgian Rose Madder
  • brushes: no need to purchase any for the 1st class
  • equipment: alfoil, rags, apron, HB pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, A3 oil sketch paper

Thu 01 Aug 2019 - Thu 05 Sep 2019

18:30 - 21:30

6 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

Teacher: Chan Dissanayake

If you have worked with watercolours and enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Learn how to create depth, incorporate figures, connect shapes, and control edges as you discover how to exploit the medium to create wonderful atmospheric effects such as mists, rain and fog.

Course outline

These workshops will suit students who have been exposed to the medium of watercolour and want to extend their knowledge to the next level.  If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Each week we will complete a painting from start to finish. The course will begin with simple subjects and proceed to more challenging subjects. Each week students will be taken through the stages of design, drawing and painting in an easy follow step-by-step process. We will be tackling a wide variety of subjects from rural landscapes, urban cityscapes to coastal seascapes.

Chan will dispel myths in watercolour and share his valuable insights and experiences. Each student will receive personal attention and encouragement.

Topic covered may include: 

  • Topic 1: Beach Scene. Paint a simple beach scene, exploiting the medium of watercolour using wet-into-wet technique using a limited palette.  We’ll incorporate a few figures to this subject to add vitality and energy.
  • Topic 2: Panoramic Landscape. Tackle the challenge of painting a panoramic Australian landscape.  The success of this painting will be based on the most important technique in watercolour, the graded wash. The controlling the consistency of water to paint and gravity washes will be discussed and demonstrated in detail.
  • Topic 3: Snow Scene. Paint a snow scene, by using the technique of negative painting, leaving the white of the paper and painting around to create the mid and dark tones.
  • Topic 4:  Boat Scene. Boats and water are excellent subjects for portraying the subtleties in watercolour. We will discuss how to create depth in water and techniques in anchoring boats to water surfaces. The demonstration will also cover how to create reflections in water.
  • Topic 5: Misty Gum Trees. Watercolour is best exploited in creating atmospheric effects. We will paint a misty landscape with gum trees using the wet-into-wet technique using a paper that is pre-wetted with water. As the paper dries we will work from the background to the foreground by exploiting various edge controls from soft uncontrolled, soft controlled to hard edges.
  • Topic 6: Streetscape. We’ll tackle an urban streetscape with a single point perspective incorporating cars and figures. We’ll learn how to observe proportions by using constructive lines and gestured mark makings to suggest moving cars and figures.
  • Topic 7: Waterlilies. We will learn how to paint a scene containing waterlilies on still water. A full demonstration will include how to simplify a complex scene and achieve a fresh spontaneous looking painting using two washes.
  • Topic 8: Sky and Cloud Scene. Painting clouds in watercolour can be most enjoyable and rewarding.  We will learn how to paint various types of clouds using all the techniques learnt so far. The translucency of the clouds can be best expressed in subtle washes using the damp paper.
  • Topic 9: Rainy Scene A wet rainy scene can provide the watercolour artist with excellent subject matter.  Heavy atmospheric scenes such as rain suppress colour and introduce subtle tonal ranges. We will tackle the challenge of painting a rainy scene using the various stages of wetness of the paper from wet, moist, damp to dry.
  • Topic 10: Render the Human figure in watercolour. The final week we will paint a nude study in watercolour. We’ll discuss various colour mixes for producing different types of skin complexions. How to use alternating grades of warm and cool colours in revealing the human figure in watercolour. A photo reference will be provided.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should walk away with a sound understanding of the medium of watercolour and gain practical insights into the intuitive use of watercolour to express yourself.

Who should enrol

This course is best suited to intermediate to advanced students.

Course materials

Please bring the following materials with you to your first class:

Paper: Saunders Waterford 300gsm rough surface or Arches 300gsm rough or medium texture.

Brushes: Medium size squirrel mop brush with a sharp point (Size 8 to 12). A good quality brush will hold lot of pigment and present a sharp point when fully loaded. Artist quality brushes will make a significant difference to your work

  • Essential brushes
    • Medium Size squirrel hair or natural hair Mop brush ( Size 8 to 12)
    • Size 12 round Brush with sharp point (Synthetic or Natural hair)
    • Size 8 Round with sharp point (Synthetic or Natural hair)
    • Size 0 or 1 Rigger (Synthetic)
  • Extra brushes (optional)
    • Size 6 Dagger, also known as a "sword brush" (natural hair)
    • 1" inch flat brush (synthetic)
    • 2" inch hake (natural hair)

Wed 17 Jul 2019 - Wed 21 Aug 2019

18:30 - 21:30

6 Sessions

Teacher: Chan Dissanayake

Learn about all aspects of watercolour technique – colour mixes, intensity and washes, composition and drawing – by creating small, simple paintings. Experiment with materials and the medium, in this fun and easy going class.

Watercolour is a lifelong creative medium, as you can find endless new ways to use it. The perplexities of watercolour are best understood by knowing its fundamentals. The most captivating and intricate watercolour is composed of few simple techniques.

With many demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a wider appreciation and understanding of the medium of watercolour which will help you build your confidence to proceed to the next level. Following the fundamental skills you will learn four critical aspects of the watercolourist: Planning, Drawing, Timing and incorporating Figures into Landscapes.

During each session, a small painting will be completed. You will be guided through a demonstration of painting techniques. An explanation will be given of the first washes and as these dry, you will attempt you own first washes. The tutor then continues to demonstrate the painting, stopping at each stage allowing you to catch up and provide help.

Course outline

  • Topic1: Introduction to Watercolour Materials
  • Topic 2: Properties of Colour
  • Topic 3: Washes
  • Topic 4: Tonal Values
  • Topic 5: Watercolour Techniques
  • Topic 6: Planning and Design

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course,  you should:

  • Become familiar with the medium and watercolour techniques
  • Be able to plan an approach and method to complete a painting
  • Learn different subjects
  • Create fresh and lively paintings
  • Obtain a series of paintings at the end of the course.

Who should enrol

The beginner watercolourist.


Materials

For those not already equipped with their own kit, we make the following suggestions:  Purchase "artist quality" pigments as cheap paints have much less intensity or colour and you end up using more paint.

Colours

  • At least one of each of the bright primary colours of red, yellow and blue (eg permanent crimson or bright red, cad yellow or gamboge, cobalt or ultramarine)
  • At least two of more earth colours, especially Venetian (or light Indian), red, raw sienna and burnt sienna

Paper

  • Rag paper (cotton derived and acid-free) is a must - the tougher the better. Best values is to buy full-size sheets (not blocks or pads)
  • If you have 300gsm paper, a 1/4 or 1/8 sheet can be edge-taped to a board using a good quality masking tape such as sellotape
  • Bring along loose 1/4 sheets if you wish to copy any drawings (tracing over a light box)
  • Purchase both rough and smooth paper as this will provide for the different paintings you will create

Brushes

  • You need large soft brushes - a 2" goat hair hake and a sharp no. 12
  • A range of other brushes will be available for you to use
  • If you wish to purchase further brushes, the longer the hair the better as it holds more paint

Palette

  • The larger the palette the better. Square shapes with many compartments are ideal. A few spares will be available until you are able to purchase your own

Thu 25 Jul 2019 - Thu 24 Oct 2019

09:30 - 12:30

12 Sessions

Teacher: Michael Winters

Landscape, the most painted of all subjects! In this class, explore three artists who have painted landscape in the most diverse way: Picasso, for his cubism; Derain who created powerful, emotive and colour-filled works; and Clarice Beckett for her Tonal Realism - blurred, vague tonal works that suggested form, rather than overly portrayed it.

Course outline

Picasso gave us “Cubism”, where he took form, fractured it, and then reassembled it into abstract forms and shapes. Using his 'creative principals' you will do the same.

Cubism saw the landscape as a series of geometric forms, cones, spheres, cylinders and triangles. Using this principle, you will create a series of drawings to experiment with the idea, then produce paintings based on the drawings.

In the case of Derain (as with his contemporary, Matisse); powerful, emotional and vibrant colours were the base for his treatment of landscape. You will study his work to understand how he employed such heightened colours and then do a series of small paintings, and from these select one work to further develop into a larger piece.

With Clarice Beckett, you see her using the principal of “Tonal Realism”. The main exponent of this was Max Meldrum, and Beckett was a student of his. Tonal Realism reduces everything to the tonal sensation of light and dark; the edges are blurred and a sense the vague suggestion of form is paramount. Beckett produced work that was both atmospheric and sensitive. You will create a series of charcoal drawings, where form is suggested rather than overly descriptive. From these drawings, you will turn into two large paintings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the class, you should produce three works inspired by the three artists to showcase to your class and leave with a greater appreciation and new found skills in producing landscape paintings.

Who should enrol

This course is open to all levels.

Course materials

You will need to provide a range of paper, pencils, paints and various art supplies. A full list of materials will be posted to the student portal.