Build Your Painting Skills


17 Feb – 6 Apr 2020, Monday 9:30am-1:30pm
Stephanie Monteith

Rekindle your interest in painting and advance your technical skill set with clear directions and gentle guidance.  Full details of course overview, teacher profile and materials list below. 

Early fee ends 7 Jan 2020

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Full Details

Term: Term One 2020
Start Date: 17 February 2020
End Date: 6 April 2020
Time:Monday, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Stephanie Monteith

Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Full fee: $830.00
Early Fee: $750.00
Concession Fee: $790.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Have you got a passion for paint and want to get started? This course provides a solid and practical foundation in painting for complete beginners. Stephanie Monteith explains and demonstrates the essential techniques of painting in a logical and simple way, providing an understanding of the properties and possibilities of the painted image. This is a hands-on, techniques-based course which will give you an artillery of practical skills for creating paintings, ranging from textural abstraction to classical realism. You will also be taught about paint-handling, surface, textures, brushwork, colour theory and mixing, all the time furthering your skills and building your confidence as a painter.

teacher profile

Stephanie Monteith is a Sydney-based painter who uses processes that involve direct observation of carefully constructed still life set-ups that can include a portrait or figure component. In contrast to this studio-based approach Stephanie also works from the landscape en plein air. She is interested in capturing the variety of light effects upon surfaces and spaces. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (first class honours) and a Master of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design. For more than 20 years Stephanie has been an exhibiting artist and she has over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer in the visual arts. Since winning the Jenny Birt Award for painting at UNSW Stephanie has been a finalist in many prize exhibitions including: the Archibald Prize, the Wynne Prize, the Sir John Sulman Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. In 2018 Stephanie won the Gosford Art Prize, she has also received an Australian Post Graduate Award Scholarship for academic research, as well as a number of other grants and artist residencies.

materials list

In this painting course you will learn both acrylic and oil painting techniques.

Note: As a beginner painter you are not required to have knowledge of the materials listed below. So, on the first lesson Stephanie will thoroughly take you through the full materials list BEFORE you purchase anything so that you will be confident in purchasing only what you need during the course.

For Week 1
All that you are required to bring to class on the first night are:
Notebook and pencil
A3 pad of canvas paper of at least 10 sheets (this is a special paper that looks and feels like canvas but it is not actually canvas; it is not absorbent like watercolour paper and should feel thicker and silkier than normal paper; it can also be called ‘painting paper’)
1 tube of black acrylic paint and 1 tube of white acrylic paint (any brand is fine except the Matisse Structural Series; inexpensive student quality is fine)
1 inexpensive flat brush, either in natural bristle or synthetic – the brush area width should be approx. 1.5cm to 2cm, and with the brush bristle length the shorter the better
1 roll of inexpensive kitchen cling wrap
1 ceramic or glass jar for washing brush
Masking tape and ruler.

Week 2
By Week 2 of the course you will need:
Oil paints – white (titanium white if possible) and black (ivory black if possible)
1 cup of linseed oil

Rest of course
For the rest of the course you have the choice to work with either acrylic or oil paints or both. For whatever you choose you will need cool and warm variations (six in total) of the following colours: blue, red and yellow. By this time you will have learnt to confidently purchase these products to suit your individual needs. These tubes of paint should all be under $10 each, Stephanie will suggest brands, or you can bring in what you already have.

You will also need a set of various inexpensive brushes; you will learn in class of which ones to choose.

Suggested extra material (but not necessary)
Apron/protective clothing
Palette knife (pointed, in either steel or plastic)
Smartphone with Instagram installed, as we use this as a visual tool to learn from artists’ studio posts.

Important: ALL solvent containers must be clearly labelled. DO NOT keep solvent in a water bottle.

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