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Painting and Drawing for Beginners

A foundation course in drawing and painting skills for absolute beginners.

If you are new to art or extending your artistic skills there are many benefits in developing painting and drawing skills at the same time. You will find that improving your drawing ability will accelerate your progress in painting.

Drawing more accurately means you can move into the painting phase sooner, reducing distractions from trying to "fix" mistakes in the drawing, letting you focus more time on developing your painting.

This art class will introduce you to different approaches to the process of drawing and planning phase before you begin to paint. You will be taught how to develop your drawing into a painting and understand how the two skills come together to create a finished piece of art.

Overview of this Art Class

During this art course you will produce a series of drawings from:

  • references images from the "masters",
  • contemporary artists, as well as
  • in studio observational drawing using still life composition.

Initially you will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques and materials designed to improve your accuracy and knowledge. These skills will form the foundation for the development of paintings that will be undertaken in the latter part of the course

Along the way you will be guided on how to improve your drawing skills particularly with respect to;

  • techniques and tips to create an accurate drawing
  • how to perceive and render light and dark values in preparation for painting
  • use of line and tone

During the painting part of the course you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas from the drawing phase into a finished painting, either of your own choosing or from a set piece.

Concepts and artistic skills you will learn include;

  • The advantages and disadvantages of oil and acrylic painting
  • Choosing the appropriate art materials
  • Colour mixing
  • How to use underpainting to create depth and substance
  • Developing and extending your personal style

Studios Dates Times


StudioDayStart DateNo of WeeksStart TimeEnd TimeTutorPriceNotes
Baulkham HillsMonday18 Jul 202287:00 pm9:00 pmMatthew Weatherstone$370
HornsbyMonday18 Jul 202281:00 pm4:00 pmChristina Rogers$410
HornsbyTuesday19 Jul 202287:00 pm9:00 pmPeter Mackie$370


Course Information

In this course you will learn how to;

• explore ideas, techniques and historical and contemporary painting and drawwing practice and choose techniques to support your own work
• identify and acquire resources required to complete a chosen work
• adapt and use combined painting and drawing techniques to create a single major work or multiple paintings and drawings that show technical proficiency in chosen techniques
• review and document the work process.


Material List

You will need: 


  • A Visual diary or A3 sketch book,
  • Graphite pencils 2B, 4B, 6B, sharpener & eraser 
  • Set of paints & brushes (can be acrylics or oils)
  • Something to paint your major work on. You can choose A3 sized ready made canvas or primed board or masonite.  Some art shops also sell canvas paper which is a great option if you are doing a lot of painting exercises.  
  • Optional: a set of coloured pencils

 If you don't already have some of these items you might like to purchase a resource kit that contains all of the essentials.


painting and drawing course resource kit