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Absolute Beginners - How to Paint

Absolute Beginners - How to Paint - Art Class - Sydney Art SchoolAbsolute Beginners - How to Paint
Price:$ 360.00

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Students in these Studio Sessions may work towards a Certificate IV or Diploma of Visual Arts on a flexible part time basis. Would you like more information?

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Days Times & Studios

Day Time Baulkham Hills Hornsby Next Course Starts Duration Price
Tuesday 12pm - 2pm   Matthew Kentmann 30 Jan 2018 8 wks $360
Tuesday 7pm - 9pm Matthew Weatherstone   30 Jan 2018 8 wks $360
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm Christina Rogers   31 Jan 2018 8 wks  $360
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm Kristin Hardiman   31 Jan 2018 8 wks $360
Thursday 7pm - 9pm Kristin Hardiman   1 Feb 2018 8 wks $360
Thursday 7pm - 9pm   Matthew Weatherstone 1 Feb 2018 8wks  $360
Thursday 7pm - 9pm Tam Cao   1 Feb 2018 8wks $360
Friday 10am - 12pm  Christine Rogers   13 Oct 2017 8 wks $360
 Saturday  1pm-3pm   Matthew Kentmann

3 Feb 2018

8wks $360

Our Most Popular Art Classes for New and Returning Artists.

The ideal art course for those new to art or "rediscovering" their artistic side.

Learn art from award winning tutors including Finalists in the Archibald, Wynne, Moran and Dobell Art Prizes

Oil or Acrylic Paints can be used in this class.

World class tutors and structured progression is the reason why this is the most popular art class in Sydney.  Their friendly and engaging nature will make you at ease while ensuring you have the very best of advice and practical guidance in all aspects of art.

Selected Works by the Tutor

Each student is given individual guidance and a development plan.  So you will find that you can re-enrol in this class and continue to develop your skills.  Places in these courses are usually filled by returning students - so we suggest you call to find out what places are available.

Your tutor will work with you to understand your goals and aspirations.  Once you or your tutor feel you have a good grasp of the basic skills you will be ready to move on to the "Developing Artistic Techniques" course. Some students move on to the next level after only one term. Others prefer to take it more slowly and do a few terms in the "Absolute Beginners - How to Paint" course before progressing.
Either way their are options for you to continue to develop your skills with the tutor you started with or to explore the perspectives and artistic techniques with other art tutors.

Topics covered include;

Composition, Design and Balance.

  • How the human mind perceives shapes and its importance in composition.
  • Lines and edges - how to use them to create tjhe foundation for your artwork
  • Positive and negative spaces - and their role in creating balance.
  • Light and Shade, Contrast and Tones - the important skill in progressing from a painter to an artist.
  • How the human mind perceives colour and its importance in colour selection


  • Overview of Colour mixing theory
  • How to mix oil paints or acrylic paints
  • How to choose colours that work well together


  • Choice, use and care of , paints, canvasses, brushes.
  • Chemistry of oil paints.

Preparatory drawing

  • Choice of subject matter.
  • Creating an foundation drawing using pencil or charcoal.

Development of the students painting

  • Choice of colours relevant to the style and subject
  • Mixing colours and the colour wheel, warm and cool colours
  • Initial application of colours to the student's painting
  • Consideration of light and shade relevant to the style and subject.
  • Practical application to the student's painting
  • Framing options and considerations.
  • Finalisation and critique of the student's painting by the tutor.
  • Group review, discussion and advice on how to prepare the painting for exhibitions, competitions and sale.