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Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

Tonee Messiah
  • Term: Term Two 2018
  • Start Date: 2 May 2018
  • End Date: 20 Jun 2018
  • Time: Wednesdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Tonee Messiah
  • Level: Beginner
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Have you always wanted to paint but haven’t known where to start? Designed for complete beginners this course will provide a solid and practical foundation in painting. Tonee Messiah 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. Through exercises that teach you the importance of experimentation and its ability to strengthen your creative problem solving, you will gain confidence in the thinking behind painting. This is a hands-on techniques-based course which will give you the practical skills to create paintings ranging in style and content. 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.

Tonee Messiah

Tonee Messiah’s painting practice has evolved over 15 years from representational to abstract. She is motivated by the subtleties of the human condition, finding imagery that speaks of the tensions present in modern life and the undulations of human relationships. Having started her professional practice using acrylics, she now paints predominantly in oils, and her works on paper use a vast combination of water-based media. Tonee has been a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, the Paddington Art Prize and the ABN AMRO Art Award. She has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, and her work is held in the collections of Artbank and the Monash University Museum of Art, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. She is represented by Gallery 9, Sydney.

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
  • Raw umber 
  • 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)
  • 250ml bottle of Clear painting medium

Oil Paints

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory black
  • Raw umber
  • 1 odourless solvent
  • 1 100ml bottle of archival fat medium (fast drying)
  • 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)
  • Scarlet red / Spectrum red (warm red)
  • Spectrum Crimson / Magenta (cool red)
  • Spectrum yellow / Golden yellow (warm yellow)
  • Cadmium Yellow or Light Lemon (cool yellow)
  • Raw Sienna


  • 5 medium size pieces of oil sketch paper or appropriate painting paper (about A2 size)
  • Optional 1 stretched canvas size of your choice (for Week 6-8)

Miscellaneous Materials

  • 1 small neck palette knife with pointy tip (plastic or metal)
  • 1 lead 2B pencil
  • Sketchbook A4 size or larger
  • 2-3 cm thick 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)
  • 2 Flat plastic palette or A4 disposable palette


  • 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.
  • 1 wide 3-4 cm cheap bristle brush
  • 1 small round synthetic brush size 1 or 2 (for fine detail)

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential