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Intermediate Painting

Kim Spooner
  • Term: Term Two 2018
  • Start Date: 3 May 2018
  • End Date: 21 Jun 2018
  • Time: Thursdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Kim Spooner
  • Level: Intermediate , Advanced
  • Age: All Levels
  • 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. Kim will show you how to make a variety of painting mediums for glazing, impasto or fine layering techniques, through demonstrations and referencing traditional and contemporary art, and how to layer paint and achieve nuanced optical effects when mixing colours. You will learn how different paints function, why different supports are used, how to make an appropriate gesso 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 paintings and portraits are held in public and private collections. Represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide, she was awarded the Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2008. Kim is a prolific exhibitor, and her practice involves constant dialogue with contemporary and historical masters. Her recent exhibitions explore narratives using metaphor and allegory, recalling personal history and creating visual stories that refer to the human condition. She is a figurative and still life painter and an expert in encaustic and egg tempera techniques. An excellent communicator, Kim has been a lecturer in both the drawing and painting departments at the National Art School for almost 20 years.

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