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Expressive Painting With Acrylics

Course Overview

Develop your individual painting style!

In this friendly and engaging acrylic painting course students will work through a number of paintings alongside technical exercises designed to demystify art-making and develop a personal painting practice. There will be tutor demonstrations each week and individual feedback and support throughout each class. The lessons will work through still life, landscape and other forms of representational painting with references to art history.

Course Breakdown

Week 1: Exercise on brush techniques and the completion of the first painting o Week 2: Exercise on colour mixing and beginning of second painting

Week 3: Exercise on colour theory and completion of second painting

Week 4: Exercise on tonal values and tonal underpainting for third painting

Week 5: Discussion on values and contrast with references from art history and completion of third painting

Week 6: Exercise on construction drawing and beginning of fourth painting 

Week 7: Exercise on colour saturation and completion of fourth painting

Week 8: Beginning of painting from a personal reference image

Week 9: Recap of individual painting practice development and the completion of personal reference painting

Term Dates

Term 2 runs from Monday 29 April to Monday 24 June

Term 3 runs from Monday 22 July to Monday 16 September

Term 4 runs from Monday 14 October to Monday 9 December

  • To develop a new way of seeing to describe the visual world
  • To develop an understanding of colour, values and composition in relation to painting
  • To become comfortable and familiar with the materials involved in acrylic painting
  • To develop their own personal painting practice
Materials List
  • A3 or similar size pad of paper to paint on. (must be 250-350gsm) - Some are called ‘Acrylic paper’, which are designed to be painted on.
  • Acrylic paints - Warm and cool of each primary colour + burnt umber and white. Cadmium yellow, lemon yellow/yellow light hansa, Cadmium red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, phthalo blu, burn umber, titanium white.
  • Acrylic painting medium - Sometimes called ‘Flow Medium’, ‘Gloss/Matte Medium’ Preferred brands: Liquitex, Matisse, Golden, Amsterdam, Jo Sonja
  • Brands to avoid- Reeves (paper is good, paint hard to mix), Atelier, Global
  • At least 4 brushes of varying size and shape - Good to have a mix of bristle brushes (rough) and synthetic (soft) in Flat, Round and Filbert.

"I have taken this art class for over 2 years and will continue next year. Scott is an exceptional art teacher- informed, skilful and a very inspiring teacher. You are fortunate to have a person of such capacity and compency."

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Scott Owen

About the 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.

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(02) 9922 2299
Monday to Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
220 Miller St, North Sydney - Back of Ted Mack Civic Park