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Starting Painting for Beginners

VR Morrison
  • Term: Term Two 2018
  • Start Date: 30 Apr 2018
  • End Date: 25 Jun 2018
  • 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 always wanted to paint but haven’t known where to start? This beginner course teaches you the techniques needed to compose and create paintings using both oil and acrylic paints, and in doing so gives you a solid and practical foundation in painting. VR Morrison gently guides you week by week to learn the traditional skill-sets essential for fine art painting, such as paint handling, colour mixing, brushwork, surface and textures. Each skill-set builds on the other to develop your understanding of the processes of creating a painting from start to finish. Morrison is a hands-on teacher who clearly demonstrates the essential techniques in logical ways that are easily understood for those who have never painted before. She demystifies visually complicated painting effects by breaking them down into step-by-step methods, showing you how they can be replicated. By the end of this course you will have an understanding of how to start a painting from an initial idea to accomplish a finished work of art to be proud of. Whether it is a lively, textured abstract or a refined portrait, you will have the means and techniques to start creating your own paintings with confidence.

VR Morrison

VR Morrison is known for her highly realistic and lavish oil paintings. Her critically and commercially successful work is collected widely within Australia and overseas. She has held high-profile exhibitions within public galleries across Australia, including the Gippsland Art Gallery, the Macquarie University Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum and The Melbourne Art Fair. For 8 years she lived and painted in France whilst being represented Sullivan+Strumpf Gallery in Sydney. She has also been a finalist in many prestigious art awards, including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (highly commended), the Sulman Prize and winner of the People Choice Metro Gallery Art Award. 

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

NOTE: For the first lesson all you will need from the materials list below are 2 Short Flat Brushes approximately 20mm, 12mm wide, your Black and White Acrylic Paints, 3 sheets of Canvas A3 paper, 1 Lead Pencil and a plastic tub for washing your brushes.

In this first lesson you will be taken through all of the materials list so that you can purchase the rest of your materials by week 2 with confidence.

If you are unsure of your materials you are welcome to email your teacher VR at any stage before course:

Acrylic Paints

  • White (Titanium White if possible)
  • Black (Ivory Black if possible)
  • Warm Blue - is a bright Blue with a Purple tinge to it, this could be under the names of Ultramarine Blue or Primary Blue or Electric Blue
  • Cool Blue - is a deep Blue with a Greenish tinge to it, this could be under the names of Phaolo Blue or Navy Blue
  • Warm Red - is a Red is a bright Red that can be known as Scarlett Red, Primary Red. This Red tends to be on the Orange Red side.
  • Cool Red - Is a very deep dull Red, looks like dried blood, can be known as Crimson Red or Alizarin Crimson. It is more on the Purple side of Reds.
  • Warm Yellow - Can almost be slightly Orange tinged, can be known as Primary Yellow or Deep Yellow
  • Cool Yellow - This is a very bright Yellow, can also be known as Lemon Yellow or Yellow Light.

Oil Paints

  • White (Titanium White if possible)
  • Black (Ivory Black if possible)
  • 1 small bottle of Linseed Oil about 250ml. It can be Refined Linseed Oil from art store or you can find Unrefined Linseed Oil in hardware stores, either are fine.
  • 1 glass jar and lid to store your Linseed Oil

NOTE: You will be given the choice to choose if you would like to continue to use oil paints in week 2, should you decide yes, you will need the following colours by week 3.

  • Warm Blue
  • Warm Red
  • Warm Yellow

Supports (supports are what you will paint on)

Oil Sketch Paper (can also be called canvas paper) 15 sheets in A3

In week 3 you will need a stretched canvas approx 40x 50cm, its advised to purchase this after Lesson 2 as you will have a choice of sizes.

Miscellaneous Materials

  • 1 lead 2B pencil
  • Sketchbook / Notebook (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • plastic or glass jar to wash brushes in


  • 2 short flat brushes approximately 20mm, 12mm wide.These brushes can be either synthetic or natural bristle, even if you are painting in oils.
  • 2 filbert brushes in sizes that are approximately 20mm, 12mm wide.These brushes can be either synthetic or natural bristle, even if you are painting in oils.
  • 1 small round detail brush in size 2

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential