Expressive Painting for Beginners


21 Sep 19 – 22 Sep 19, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Annabel Butler

Learn to paint expressively with an individual approach while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form. Find full details including course overview, teacher profile and materials list below. 

Early fee ends 18 Aug 19

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Full Details

Term: Spring Weekend Workshops 2019
Start Date: 21 September 2019
End Date: 22 September 2019
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 2
Teacher: Annabel Butler

Level: Beginner
Full fee: $375.00
Early Fee: $340.00
Concession Fee: $355.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Learn to paint expressively with an individual approach while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form. Annabel Butler leads you through various approaches to landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and interiors by referencing a selection of Australian, American and European expressionist painters who sought to depict their emotional responses rather than an objective reality. Using acrylic or oil paint, students will learn how to mix and experiment with colour, and will be encouraged to paint quickly and loosely and to develop expressive brushwork. Over the week you will produce a series of small to medium-sized paintings.

teacher profile

Annabel Butler holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hons (Painting) from the National Art School and has won scholarships to study at the New York Studio School and the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. A practising artist for over 15 years, she has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. She has been awarded artist residencies at Bundanon Studios, NSW, the Vermont Studio Center, USA, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Annabel won the Glebe Open Art Prize twice, and the Waverley Art Prize for Oil Painting. She received a highly commended award in the inaugural 9×5 Landscape Prize. She has been a regular finalist in numerous other competitions, including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, and the Mosman and Paddington art prizes.

materials list

A range of source material such as drawings and/or photos to work from
Visual Arts diary for notes & sketches, A4 or A5
2B/4B pencil, eraser, sharpener
Masking tape and 2 bull dog clips
A selection of small to medium sized canvases or canvas boards (eg approx. 25x30cm / 30x40cm). Minimum of 4. As we will be working quickly students may wish to bring more
Plastic spray water bottle (to stop acrylic paint from drying out on palette) – optional
Old cotton rags or paper towels
Wide necked glass jars with lids (1 or 2)
Palette or large piece of sealed board/laminex/perspex/large plastic serving plate or disposable paper palettes
A range of flat & round bristle brushes varying in size from small to large (Students are welcome to bring any brushes they already have but as a minimum please try to bring at least: 1x small flat & 1x small round, 1x medium flat & 1x medium round, 1x large flat & 1x large round).
Palette knife
If using oil paints, please bring odorless solvent (not turps)

A limited range of good quality paints is suggested, e.g. Matisse Acrylic Paints in Structure or any other Artist Quality brands in oil or acrylic.

Students are welcome to bring previously owned paints but as a minimum please bring the following 8 colours:
Titanium White
Burnt Umber
Ultramarine OR Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cadmium or a Mid Red
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium or a Mid Yellow
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Ochre

Optional additional:
Raw Umber
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Paynes Grey

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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