Expressive Painting : All About Light

Class capacity: 6-12 students.

Develop your individual painting style…

Have you always wanted to paint but don’t know where to begin? Whether you are a beginner or have experience, this class is designed to develop your individual painting style. Scott Owen explains and demonstrates the essential techniques of painting in a logical and simple way. Learn how to choose the composition of a painting, develop your drawing skills, mix colours, the application of paint and how to capture dynamic light and shade. In a relaxed and social environment, develop a variety of skills to build confidence in your own ability as an artist.

Course details:We will study the work of Australian painters like Albert Namatjira, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, E. Phillips Fox and Grace Cossington Smith, who were all exciting painters with very individual styles. In addition, painters like Euan Uglow, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Lois Dodd will provide inspiration – and suggestions from students are very welcome. We will break down the process into steps, learning about constructing form and depth, 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. 

The tutor will walk you through painting exercises, assist in the creation of your own body of work and act as a consultant if students wish to pursue their own projects. 

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Materials List

MATERIALS LIST • Canvas Paper Pad A3 (Canson is a good brand) for acrylic painting • Sketchbook - Any size from A5 to A3 - for making notes and drawing • Brushes – Majority synthetic brushes and a couple of hog hair brushes • 3 flat bristle brushes in sizes that are approximately 15mm, 10mm and 5mm wide • 3 filbert brushes in sizes that are approximately 15mm, 10mm and 5mm • 1 wide 3-4 cm cheap hog hair brush • 1 or 2 small round brush for detail • Acrylic paint • Titanium White • Ultramarine Blue (warm blue) • Pthalo Blue (cool blue) • Cadmium Red (warm red) • Alizarin Crimson (cool red) • Cadmium Yellow medium hue (warm yellow) • Lemon yellow (cool yellow) • Burnt Umber • Burnt Sienna • 250ml bottle of Clear painting medium • 1 palette knife with a pointy tip for mixing paints. • 1 Disposable palette pad • Masking tape *If you are not a beginner and would like to use oil paints please bring a jar for you to use odourless solvent (no turps), there is nowhere to dispose of the solvent in the art room and so this must get taken home after class.

*NOTE: all classes are for ages 18+ only, unless otherwise specified.

Tutor: Scott Owen

After completing a BFA at the National Art School in 2015 Scott Owen has spent the last five years exhibiting work and developing his painting practice. Predominantly focused on still life and the landscape Scott works in a range of media and specialises in oil painting. He was a finalist in the 2019 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award and has works in private collections all around Australia.