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Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

Roger Crawford
  • Term: Term Two 2018
  • Start Date: 5 May 2018
  • End Date: 23 Jun 2018
  • Time: Saturdays 10am–3pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Roger Crawford
  • Level: Advanced
  • Age: 18 and over
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

This advanced painting course is for those who have an established art practice and are seeking to expand their work. Roger Crawford works individually with students to create and extend their formal and aesthetic understanding of their paintings. As an experienced artist and educator, he will mentor you to develop the context of your work and to find new forms of painting practice. Risk-taking and experimentation have always been a vital part of making art. With this in mind, this masterclass is a time to reassess and evaluate the very nature of your work. It is also a time to discard old methodologies and procedures in your painting practice that may have been limiting your progress. The course will provide a way forward and a beginning for renewal in your artwork, and strategies for continuing your new approach to painting practice after the course will also be discussed.

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford translates the objective world into powerful reductive paintings and drawings. An experienced artist, he is represented by Watters Gallery in Sydney, where he has had many solo exhibitions over 30 years. Roger is a longstanding staff member of the National Art School, lecturing in the drawing and painting departments. 

Roger states: “I believe in process and what it gives us – the notion of time itself as the function of art.”

Bring one or more works you intend to develop during the course – this can include ideas for paintings you would like to develop in the workshop, partly finished paintings, sketches and source ideas.

Bring photographic documentation and/or actual examples of your recent work so that your lecturer can have an insight into your work and direction.

You may consider the following materials for use during the course

  • Notebook and/or sketchbook, drawing paper such as cartridge and drawing media such as pencils, charcoal, compressed charcoal
  • Oil/acrylic paints, bring whatever you have available and normally use
  • For students using acrylic paint consider bringing acrylic emulsion or acrylic binder (500ml)
  • For students using oil paint consider bringing medium No 1 which is a fast drying medium (500ml) refined linseed oil (500ml) if you use it, a solvent such as odourless solvent (500ml) and solvent for cleaning up (500ml – 1 litre)
  • Brushes, square and round bristle – bring an assortment of sizes and whatever you usually use
  • Palette for mixing paint. An A2 size sheet of white Perspex is ideal
  • Surfaces to work on. This may include prepared paper, stretched canvas, canvas boards etc. Select the surfaces and sizes you wish to work on
  • Rubber gloves
  • A block of domestic soap, a plastic sauce container with a plastic lid and some jars and rags
  • If you are interested in exploring collage in your work you may like to bring fixative, scissors, small bottle of PVA glue and collage/scrap materials such as fabric, coloured patterned paper, card, thin plywood

The teacher will advise on additional materials as the course progresses. Art materials can be purchased at Parkers Art Supplies on campus at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential