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Oil Painting with Rembrandt and The Dutch Masters

Michelle Hiscock
  • Term: Summer School Week Two 2018
  • Start Date: 15 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 19 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Michelle Hiscock
  • Level: Intermediate , Advanced
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn the oil painting techniques of the great masters and be inspired by artworks from the exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age at the Art Gallery of NSW, with paintings drawn from the Netherlands national collection at the Rijksmuseum. After a tour of the exhibition, Michelle Hiscock will introduce you to the artistic conventions of this important period of art, as well as the fundamental techniques of classical oil painting, through demonstrations of methods and materials. Michelle will introduce you to traditional skills such as support preparation, coloured grounds, composition, tonal underpainting, palette-setting, colour-mixing and structuring oil paint in layers. As well as being inspired by paintings from great masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals, you will have the opportunity to paint a full-scale fragment of a face from a painting of your choice.

Michelle Hiscock

Michelle Hiscock takes a special interest in the history of painting materials and techniques and their application to contemporary practice. She is widely known for her lectures and masterclasses on drawing and painting at the National Art School and the Art Gallery of NSW. She is represented by Australian Galleries in Sydney and has exhibited nationally for over 20 years..

  • 1 stretched canvas or piece of primed linen approximately A4 size
  • 1 palette knife, diamond shaped like a trowel
  • Lightweight hand-held palette, e.g. glass, plywood or plastic – flat, without ridges or indents
  • Tube of white acrylic paint, Matisse ‘Structure’ is recommended
  • Notebook
  • Cotton cloth rags (old sheets are best)
  • Paper towels
  • 1 medium-sized glass jar with lid
  • Refined linseed oil, at least 250ml for brush cleaning
  • Cake of soap or non-toxic brush cleaner
  • Disposable gloves, vinyl are better than latex
  • Pair of scissors

Do not bring solvents or mediums. A low-odour painting medium will be provided.


Please bring all the brushes you currently own. It is preferable to have 5 or more of each brush you like to use rather than a whole lot of completely different brushes.

Oil paints

  • NB: We will be using a low-toxicity approach. PLEASE DO NOT BRING COBALT, CHROME, CADMIUM OR LEAD-BASED PIGMENTS.
  • Titanium white (professional grade only; e.g. Old Holland, Winsor and Newton or Art Spectrum)
  • Bright yellow (e.g., Winsor Yellow, Spectrum Yellow – NOT CADMIUM)
  • Bright red (e.g., Winsor Red, Spectrum Red – NOT CADMIUM)
  • Yellow Ochre or Mars Yellow
  • Venetian Red or Red Earth
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Ivory Black
  • Vine or Charcoal Black

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential