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Starting Painting for Beginners

VR Morrison
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 9 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 27 Nov 2017
  • Time: Mondays 9:30am–1:30pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: VR Morrison
  • Level: Beginner
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Have you got a passion for paint and want to get started? This course will give you a solid and practical foundation in painting for complete beginners. VR Morrison explains and demonstrates the essential techniques of painting in a logical and simple way, providing an understanding of the properties and possibilities of the painted image. This is a hands-on techniques-based course which will give you an artillery of practical skills for creating paintings, ranging from textural abstraction through to classical realism. You will also be taught about paint-handling, surface, textures, brushwork, colour theory and mixing, all the time furthering your skills and building your confidence as a painter.

VR Morrison

VR Morrison’s highly realistic and lavish paintings use her extensive knowledge and refined skills within the classical styles of oil painting to reference larger frameworks of art history, mortality and commodification, bringing the past and present to light simultaneously. Morrison is a commercially successful artist whose work is collected widely within Australia and overseas. She has exhibited in prominent and high-profile exhibitions within public galleries across Australia, including the Gippsland Art Gallery, the Macquarie University Art Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum, and commercially with Sullivan+Strumpf in Sydney. She has also been a finalist in many prestigious art awards, including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Sir John Sulman Prize and the Metro Gallery Art Award.

In this painting course you will learn both acrylic and oil painting techniques.

If you already have some paints bring them to the first class, and your teacher tell you whether the colours you have are suitable alternatives to the list given below:

Acrylic Paints

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
  • Pthalo Blue (cool blue)
  • Cadmium Red (warm red)
  • Alizarin Crimson (cool red)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium/Deep (warm yellow)
  • Cadmium Yellow or Light Lemon (cool yellow)

Oil Paints

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory black
  • Burnt Umber
  • 1 small bottle of linseed oil
  • 1 glass jar and lid
  • All of the acrylic and oil paints above will be used in the first 3 lessons.

You will be given a choice to continue working in either acrylic or oil paint for the remaining 5 lessons.

Should you choose to continue to work in oil paint you will need the following additional oil paint colours by week 4:

  • Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
  • Pthalo Blue (cool blue)
  • Cadmium Red (warm red)
  • Alizarin Crimson (cool red)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium/Deep (warm yellow)
  • Cadmium Yellow or Light Lemon (cool yellow)
  • 1 small bottle of Windsor Newton Liquin Original

Supports

  • 5 medium size pieces of oil sketch paper (about A2 size)
  • 1 stretched canvas about 16’ x 20’ or 50cm x 40cm (this item will not be needed until week 4)

Miscellaneous Materials

  • 1 small neck palette knife with pointy tip (plastic or metal)
  • 1 lead 2B pencil
  • Sketchbook A4 size or larger
  • Masking tape
  • Bulldog clips
  • Apron/protective clothing
  • 2 glass jars with lids
  • A small tool/fishing tackle box to store materials (this item is optional)

Brushes

  • 3 short flat brushes in sizes that are approximately 15mm, 10mm and 5mm wide.These brushes can be either synthetic or natural bristle, even if you are painting in oils.
  • 3 filbert brushes in sizes that are approximately 15mm, 10mm and 5mm.These brushes can be either synthetic or natural bristle, even if you are painting in oils.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential