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Intermediate Painting

Kim Spooner
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 12 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 30 Nov 2017
  • Time: Thursdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Kim Spooner
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

For students with prior painting experience who wish to develop a distinct personal aesthetic and visual language while extending their understanding of painterly practice. Kim Spooner specialises in demonstrating and explaining her vast technical knowledge of paint, mediums and techniques, which can be used to achieve many different results. Students will be instructed on how to make a variety of painting mediums for glazing, impasto or fine layering techniques, through demonstrations and referencing traditional and contemporary art. Kim teaches you how to layer paint and achieve nuanced optical effects when mixing colours. Students will learn how different paints function, why different supports are used, how to make the appropriate gessos and how to prepare surfaces. Kim sets projects and discusses the conceptual and compositional possibilities they present, giving individual and group direction to enable each student to interpret projects independently. Students will be guided to identify their own painting style while opening avenues for investigation for individual expression and expanding their knowledge of paint and materials.

Kim Spooner

Kim Spooner’s incisive and expressive portrait and figure paintings are held in public and private collections. She is an award-winning portraitist with portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, and is an inspirational teacher who is skilled at communicating ideas and responding to the individual needs of students and artists. She completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2009. Winner of the 2006 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Kim is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide

For the first week of the course, students should only bring basic materials as listed below. Kim will discuss more specific needs with everyone on the first night.

Kim will bring a basic supply of art materials on the first week, to ensure that students do not make unnecessary purchases.

Experienced students may bring along their paints and an assortment of brushes and tools.

Basic materials:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Sketching paper
  • Charcoal
  • Medium size canvas or board (approx. 45cm x 60cm)

If you have any questions prior to the commencement of the course you are welcome to contact Kim Spooner at

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential