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Painting for Beginners

Our Most Popular Art Classes for New and Returning Artists.  Learn art from award winning tutors including Finalists in the Archibald, Wynne, Moran and Dobell Art Prizes

This is the ideal art course for those new to art or "rediscovering" their artistic side.  World class tutors and structured progression is why this is the most popular art class in Sydney.

Enjoy friendly and engaging art classes where you will feel at ease while yout tutor will ensure you have the very best of advice and practical guidance in all aspects of art.

Overview of this Art Class

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.

Studios Dates Times

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HornsbyMonday1 Feb 2021812:30 PMTim Delahoyde$360
Baulkham HillsTuesday2 Feb 202187:00 PMMatthew Weatherstone$360
HornsbyTuesday2 Feb 202187:00 PMChristina Rogers$360
HornsbyTuesday2 Feb 2021812.15pmChristina Rogers$360
Baulkham HillsWednesday27 Jan 2021812:30 PMKristin Hardiman$360$100 discount for students also enrolled in
Drawing Class - Wednesday- 10am - 12pm
Baulkham HillsWednesday27 Jan 202187:00 PMMatthew Weatherstone$360
HornsbyThursday28 Jan 202187:00 PMSamantha Wiltshire$360
Baulkham HillsThursday28 Jan 202187:00 PMTam Cao$360
Baulkham HillsFriday29 Jan 2021810:00 AMCristina Aura$360$100 DISCOUNT if also enrolled in
Oil Painting Class - Friday - 12.30 - 2.30pm
HornsbySaturday30 Jan 2021811:00 AMKrista Brennan$360
HornsbySaturday30 Jan 202181:00 PMMichael Simms/Krista Brennan$360
OnlineSaturday30 Jan 202181:00 PMKrista Brennan$360
HornsbyMonday1 Feb 2021812:30 PMPeter Mackie$5404hr session x 8wks

Course Information

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.