Painting class for beginners to advanced – Oil or acrylic

Painting classes beginners to advanced
daytime, evening term classes

Painting Classes and Workshops in Oil or Acrylic for Beginners to more advanced

COVID 19 – Restrictions have been lifted. All classes will be now be conducted at the St Johns Hall in Balmain. Workshops will be conducted at the Art Room in St Peters. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place including 4sqm per person.

Course overview

This painting class is for students who are beginners and for those with prior painting experience who would like to develop their painting skills while developing their own painting style.
Students will be inspired by historical and contemporary artists including the Australian and European impressionists and modernists, and contemporary Australian and international artists.

Explore a whole range of subject matter including still life, the landscape (Ochre’s particular passion), interior, figure, portraiture, with opportunity for students to work on their own projects and interests.

I’ve been attending Ochre’s art classes for a few years now. Over this time I’ve learnt so much about colour and composition. She’s challenged me and encouraged me, and she always has something positive to say about everyone’s work. My painting has significantly improved, and I enjoy it more too, thanks to Ochre.

Bonny, Inner West

Wednesday Morning Painting – Term 2 2021 -Fully Booked (think about a one day workshop)

10am-2.30pm,  4.5 hours, 8 sessions
Term 2, 2021- 28th April – 23rd June

Thursday Evening Painting – Term 2 – Fully Booked (contact to go on the waiting list for term 3)

6.30-9pm,  2.5 hours, 8 sessions
Term 2, 2021- 29th April – 24th June

Students may use oil or acrylic paints in this relaxing and supportive class.

What you will learn:

Over the term, students will

  • improving their understanding of colour mixing and tone
  • learn about about composition, and about the vital elements that hold a painting together
  • learn different colour palettes and how they affect composition
  • learn a variety of paint application techniques such as glazing,
  • learn different approaches to paint application (wet in wet, building thicker paint layers (impasto) and more)
  • take inspiration from a range of different historical and contemporary artists and their approach to painting
  • explore en plein air painting – natural and urban landscape, abstraction, expressionistic and modernist techniques

Ochre Lawson is a practising artist with over 12 years experience as a painting and drawing tutor. Ochre works with students at their own level and pace and encourages them to discover their own interests and style in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere.

Ochre’s teaching style is relaxed and fun while still teaching essential skills and concepts. This course is structured around two week projects. However self-directed projects with tutor input are welcome!

Materials list

Art materials are not included in the course fee. Students will need to bring the following items:

  • Canvas, canvas paper or Board as a support to work on. Through the term you will need around 3-4 supports. Bring an art journal and one support, minimum 14” x18″ for the first class. These may be cheap canvasses from a $2 shop.
  • An A4 art journal, 2B pencil, willow charcoal and rubber for sketching out ideas
  • A selection of 3-4 filbert brushes small, medium and large size. A large glue brush for painting grounds is also useful. 
  • A flat plastic or wooden palette (no wells)- An A3 size or bigger rectangular shape is best
  • Palette knife, diamond shape medium size – metal is best
  • Rags, bull dog clips, apron, masking tape
  • Paints: Students may use Oils or acrylics depending on preference.

A good basic colour palette includes: Cadmium hue yellow light (warm) and lemon yellow (cool); * Ultramarine Blue (red) and phthalo blue (green); Cadmium Red Hue (warm) and Alizarin Red (cool); Raw Umber; Titanium White; extras – ochre yellow, burnt sienna, burnt umber, viridian green. 

You can buy student quality paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Langridge/Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands). Very cheap paints are a waste of money! At least buy a good quality white.

Cadmium colours are more expensive, and it is perfectly ok to bring ‘hue’ from this range eg Cadmium yellow light (hue) or a warm yellow or warm red instead of the cadmiums.

If using Oil Paints: 

Small bottle of ‘Stand Oil’ (this is heated linseed oil that dries faster than regular linseed oil)

You will need odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. A 500ml bottle is a good size for starters. We recommend ‘Gamsol’ by Gamblin. This is the least toxic solvent on the market and the same price as other odourless solvents. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the hall. Your tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.

If using Acrylic Paints: 

Bring a general purpose flow medium.

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials