Expressive Painting : All about Light

Whether you are a beginner or have painting experience, this class is designed to develop your individual creativity, with a special emphasis on light. Learn how to use composition, colour, light and shade and brush technique to produce artworks that express your impressions and feelings about your subject. In a relaxed and social environment, you can learn at your own pace. Alex provides stimulus and subjects for those who need or prefer them, often using inspiration from well-known artists.

Course details:

We will study the work of Australian painters like Tom Roberts, Clarice Beckett, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, John Brack, Jeffrey Smart and Grace Cossington Smith, who were all exciting painters with very individual styles. In addition, painters like Derain, Bonnard, Deibenkorn and Hopper will provide inspiration – and suggestions from students are very welcome. We will break down the process into steps, learning about underpainting, sketching, composition, palette (choice of colour), tonal contrast, layering, the use of different brushes for various purposes, correcting or changing elements, making decisions, and final details. Along the way, students will find they have more confidence in the painting process as they develop adaptability and skill. Alex is happy to act in a consultant role, if students wish to pursue their own projects.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft Receive a 10% discount off full-priced items at any Eckersley’s store!* Visit for your nearest store. *Discount applies on presentation of course receipt or materials list. Stores included are Eckersley’s Chatswood & St. Leonards.

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Tutor: Alex Snellgrove

Alex Snellgrove is an artist, teacher and passionate sketcher. She has held solo and group shows every year since 2009 and won the Waverley Landscape Prize and the inaugural 9x5 Landscape prize for painting. Currently teaching acrylic painting at NSCC, she has also taught at Pine Street Art Centre, Waverley Woollahra Art School and led workshops for the City of Sydney. In September 2018 she is co-hosting a sketching tour in Italy with The Create Escape Tours. Alex bleons to Sydney Sketch Club and Urban Sketchers Sydney and most weekends can be found adding more creative work to her sketchbooks somewhere in the great outdoors. Her recently made sketchbook from a trip to Italy has been viewed over 1400 times on Instagram. #alexsnellgroveartist