Painting class for beginners to advanced – Oil or acrylic

Painting classes
Beginners to advanced
Daytime, evening term classes

Term 2 classes fully booked. Sunday workshops places available

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

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

Over the term, students will

  • Learn how to set up a palette, about brushes, mediums and clean up for both oil and acrylic
  • Learn about composition and drawing compositional sketches
  • Learn to mix and tone and colour
  • Learn how to create depth through both linear and arial perspective
  • Learn different approaches to paint application and brush mark (wet in wet, building thicker paint layers (impasto), glazing with transparent colours and more)
  • Take inspiration from a range of 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.

Classes have a limit of 14 students so everyone gets individual attention.

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, wooden boards or canvas wrapped over cardboard as a ‘support’ to paint on. Through the term you will need around 3-4 supports. Bring an art journal (a5/4) and one support, minimum 14” x18″ for the first class. These may be cheap canvas from a $2 shop or Office Works.
  • An A4/5 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)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Titanium White
  • Extras – ochre yellow, burnt sienna, 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:

You will need odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. A 250ml 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 2 small 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.

Do not bring turpentine based solvents to class – they are extremely toxic

Mediums – You can mix your own medium with 1/3 refined linseed oil, 1/3 stand oil (heated linseed that drys faster) and 1/3 solvent. You do not need medium for your first few classes. Premixed mediums often have toxic dryers in them unless you buy from the Gamblin range.

If using Acrylic Paints:

Medium – Bring a general purpose flow medium.

Art supply stores

Equipment supplied

  • Easels and backing boards
  • Tables, drop sheets
  • Some source material
  • Kitchen facilities with fridge, microwave, coffee/tea, milk, mugs
  • Toilets with disabled access, hall also has disabled access
Download a materials list

Wednesday Morning Painting

Term 2 – Fully booked, think about a Sunday workshop

Time10 – 2:30pm, 4.5 hours, 8 sessions
Dates Term 2- 27th April – 15th June

Cost – $595 inc gst (currently enrolled students get a 5% early bird discount of $565 inc gst)

Thursday Evening Painting

Term 2 – Fully booked, think about a Sunday workshop

Time6.30-9pm, 2.5 hours, 8 sessions
Dates Term 2- 28th April – 16th June

Cost – $440 inc gst (currently enrolled students get a 5% early bird discount of $430 inc gst)

Painting the Landscape Workshop

Places available – Suitable for beginners to students with some experience

Time10 – 3.30pm
Dates – Sunday 1st May

Venue – Annandale Community Centre – back hall

Cost – $170 inc gst (no materials)$185 inc gst (materials included)

Enrolment Terms and Conditions

If the hall is forced to close due to restrictions being put back in place students must be prepared to do the class via zoom. There will be no refunds due to hall closure.

All term classes must be taken within the term paid for. 

Fees are non-refundable, unless negotiated for an extended illness.

You may make up missed classes by attending other classes within the same term (Subject to available places in the class, Daytime painting will attract a $20 top up fee, Daytime Drawing a $10 top up fee if you are enrolled in the evening class). 

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop up to 7 days before its commencement, you will be charged a $25 administration fee. You may transfer the remaining value (class fee paid less administration fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the course or workshop fee paid.

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop within 7 days of its commencement, you will be charged 50% of the class fee. You may transfer the remaining value (50% of the class fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the class fee paid.

NO refunds transfers or credits if you withdraw or cancel on the day of the course or workshop.
NO refunds transfers or credits once the class has commenced.

If you have enrolled in a one day weekend workshop that you cannot attend, you may transfer your enrolment to someone else. Please let us know prior to the workshop.

If you are enrolled in a term course and if for any reason you are unable to attend a class during the term, you cannot give your place for the missed week/s to someone else. 

Art Class Sydney strive to run every class advertised, however, very rarely, classes may be cancelled due to low numbers. Students will be reimbursed the full fee or they may be credited toward another class if you prefer.