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Absolute Beginners - How to Paint

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.

Studios Dates Times

Day Time Baulkham Hills Hornsby Next Course Starts Duration Price
Tuesday 12pm - 2pm   Matthew Kentmann 10 Oct 2017 8 wks $360
Tuesday 7pm - 9pm Matthew Weatherstone   30 Jan 2018 8 wks $360
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm Christina Rogers   11 Oct 2017 8 wks  $360
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm Kristin Hardiman   11 Oct 2017 8 wks $360
Thursday 7pm - 9pm Kristin Hardiman   12 Oct 2017 8 wks $360
Thursday 7pm - 9pm   Matthew Weatherstone 12 Oct 2017 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

14 Oct 2017

8wks $360

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.

Art Course Gallery - Selected Student Art Works

Tutor Highlights

Tutor Qualifications & Experience Competitions & Exhibitions (Selected Highlights)
Kristin Hardiman Diploma of Fine Arts
Alexander Mackie
Winner International Inglis Equine Art Prize 2011
Finalist Gallipoli Memorial Prize 2015
Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2014
Matthew Kentman
2011 Bachelor of Teaching, Secondary Charles Sturt University
2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Finalist: Archibald Prize 2015
Finalist: Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2015 (Semi Finalist 2012)
Finalist: Dobell Prize for Drawing - 2011, 2003
Matthew Weatherstone

Diploma of Visual Arts

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

2008 - Present

Professional Artists exhibitiions include: 
Depot II Danks St Gallery Waterloo
Frances Keevil Gallery 
Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

Apple Yin Diploma Visual Art Finalist: Archibald Prize 2010,2011; Moran Portraiture Prize 2009; Shirley Hannan Portriat Awards 2008; Hornsby Art Prize 2013
David Collins Diploma of Art (Canberra School of Art)
Graduate Diploma of Education
Artist in Residence and Teacher, College of Fine Arts North West University, Lan Zhou, China
Winner: Hornsby Art Prize Painting Category - 2011
Finalist: Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting - 2012

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.