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Expressive Painting With Colour and Light

Course Overview

Discover the Art of Painting with Acrylics: Techniques, Masters, and Personal Style!

Learn how to use acrylic medium while also delving into the most important aspects of painting, including composition, tone/value, and colour. 

In this course, students will have the opportunity to examine the work of celebrated artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edgar Payne, Arthur Streeton, and contemporary artists that interest us. 

The course starts by copying paintings that inspire you to understand the basics, but we encourage you to bring your own references and eventually create your own masterpieces. 

Throughout the course, we'll cover a range of topics, including still life, flowers, landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, animals, and people, allowing you to explore what interests you the most.

Course Breakdown

Week 1: Introduction 

Week 2: Composition

Week 3: Composition 

Week 4: Tone/value

Week 5: Tone/value

Week 6: Colour techniques 

Week 7: Colour techniques 

Week 8: Work on your own project - create your own masterpiece 

Week 9: Work on your own project - create your own masterpiece 

Term 2 for Expressive Painting with Colour and Light runs from Monday 29 April to Monday 24 June

Please Note

There will be no classes on  Monday 10 June and Monday 7 October, due to a public holiday. To ensure you don't miss any class, we have scheduled an additional class for the course.

Materials List
  • Canvas or primed MDF board 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 in titanium whiteultramarine 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, yellow ochre and naples yellow
  • Viridian 250ml bottle of Clear painting medium
  • 1 palette knife with a pointy tip for mixing paints
  • 1 large flat plastic palette
  • 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.

Receive 10% Discount

If you join any of our creative courses, you will receive a 10% discount off full-priced items at Eckersley’s Art & Craft. Discount applies on presentation of course receipt. Stores included are Eckersley’s Chatswood & St. Leonards.

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Gimin Kim

About the tutor

Gimin Kim

I am a Sydney/Seoul-based artist who primarily works with acrylic painting. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea, and I have been creating art while working in the graphic design industry. As an impressionistic artist, a principal theme in my work is nature. Painting brings me peace and provides me with a place to meditate on the beauty in the world and the grace I feel while living in it. I'm excited to teach what I know about art and inspire students at the community centre to love it as much as I do.

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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