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Painting for High School Students

Annabel Butler
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 14 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 2 Dec 2017
  • Time: Saturdays 10am–1pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Annabel Butler
  • Level: Beginner , Intermediate
  • Age: Ages 12 -18 (Year 7-12)
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form. Annabel Butler guides you in an exploration of the painting styles between realism and abstraction. She introduces you to the Expressionist painters, who sought to depict their emotional responses rather than an objective reality. Students are encouraged to paint quickly and loosely, develop expressive brushwork and experiment with colour. A range of subject matter will be covered each week, including various expressive approaches to landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and interiors, to produce a range of studies and finished series of paintings by the end of the course.

Annabel Butler

Annabel Butler holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hons (Painting) from the National Art School and won scholarships to study at the New York Studio School and the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. A practicing artist for over 15 years, she has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. She has been awarded artists’ residencies at Bundanon Studios, NSW, Vermont Studio Center, USA, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Annabel won the Glebe Open Art Prize twice, and the Waverley Oil Prize. She received the Highly Commended award in the inaugural Waverley 9x5 Prize. She has been a regular finalist in numerous other competitions, including the Portia Geach Portrait Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Hazelhurst Art Award, the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Mosman and Paddington art prizes.

  • Visual Arts diary for notes, A4 or A5
  • A selection of small to medium sized canvas boards or canvas stretchers, approx. 30x40cm
  • Plastic spray water bottle
  • Old rags or paper towels
  • Glass jars with lids
  • Roll of baking paper for palette or plastic plates
  • A range of flat and round bristle brushes varying in size from small to large – will be discussed in first class
  • Palette knife
  • If using oil paints, please bring odourless solvent (not turps)

A limited range of good quality paints is suggested, e.g. Matisse Acrylic Paints in Structure or any other Artist Quality brands in oil or acrylic. Bring these colours:

  • Titanium White
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cadmium or a Mid Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium or a Mid Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow

Art materials can be purchased at Parkers Art Supplies on campus at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential