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Introduction to Expressive Painting

Annabel Butler
  • Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2018
  • Start Date: 19 May 2018
  • End Date: 20 May 2018
  • Time: Sat & Sun, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 2
  • Teacher: Annabel Butler
  • Level: Beginner
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form. Annabel Butler guides you in various approaches to landscapes, cityscapes and interiors by referencing a selection of Australian, American and European expressionist painters who have sought to depict their emotional responses rather than an objective reality. Using acrylic or oil paints, students will learn how to mix and experiment with colour and will be encouraged to paint quickly and loosely and develop expressive brushwork. Over the weekend you will produce a series of small- to medium-size paintings.

Annabel Butler

Annabel Butler holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hons (Painting) from the National Art School and won scholarships to study at the New York Studio School and the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. A practicing artist for over 15 years, she has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. She has been awarded artists’ residencies at Bundanon Studios, NSW, Vermont Studio Center, USA, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Annabel won the Glebe Open Art Prize twice, and the Waverley Oil Prize. She received the Highly Commended award in the inaugural Waverley 9x5 Prize. She has been a regular finalist in numerous other competitions, including the Portia Geach Portrait Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Hazelhurst Art Award, the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Mosman and Paddington art prizes.

Students will need to bring for the weekend:

  • A range of source material such as drawings and/or photos to work from
  • Visual Arts diary for notes & sketches, A4 or A5
  • 2B/4B pencil, eraser, sharpener
  • Masking tape and 2 bull dog clips
  • A selection of small to medium sized canvas boards/stretchers (30x40cm)
  • Plastic spray water bottle (to stop acrylic paint from drying out on palette)
  • Old cotton rags or paper towels
  • Wide necked glass jars with lids (1 or 2)
  • Palette or large piece of sealed board/laminex/perspex/large plastic serving plate or disposable paper palettes
  • A range of flat & round bristle brushes varying in size from small to large
  • Palette knife
  • If using oil paints, please bring odourless solvent (not turps)

A limited range of good quality paints is suggested, e.g. Matisse Acrylic Paints in Structure or any other Artist Quality brands in oil or acrylic.

Students are welcome to bring previously owned paints but as a minimum please bring the following 8 colours:

  • Titanium White
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine OR Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cadmium or a Mid Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium or a Mid Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow

Optional additional:

  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Umber
  • Terre Verte (oil), Olive Green (acrylic)
  • Viridian Green (oil), Phthalo Green (acrylic)
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Paynes Grey
  • Black

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential