Intermediate Painting


2 May to 20 Jun, 6pm to 9pm
Kim Spooner

Develop a distinct, personal aesthetic and visual language while extending your understanding of the painting practice.

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Term: Term 2 2019
Start Date: 2 May 2019
End Date: 20 June 2019
Time: Thursdays, 6pm-9pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Kim Spooner

Level: Intermediate
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $550.00
Early Concession Fee: $524.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

This course is for students with prior painting experience who wish to develop a distinct personal aesthetic and visual language while extending their understanding of painterly practice. The course is designed to be broad and diverse – students are encouraged to pursue their own subjects, whether that be portraiture, landscape, still-life or narrative painting. Students are taught the steps of developing ideas into series, paintings that communicates their interests and identifies their unique aesthetic by being shown essential skills of composition and painting process. Kim Spooner has a vast technical knowledge of paint, mediums and techniques, which can be used to achieve many different results. She instructs students how to make a variety of painting mediums for glazing, impasto or fine layering techniques, through demonstrations and referencing traditional and contemporary art. Kim teaches how to layer paint and achieve nuanced optical effects when mixing colours. Students will learn how different paints function, why different supports are used, how to make the appropriate gessos, and how to prepare surfaces. Kim sets projects and discusses the conceptual and compositional possibilities they present, giving individual and group direction to enable each student to interpret projects independently. Students will be guided to identify their own painting style while opening avenues for investigation for individual expression and expanding their knowledge of paint and materials.

teacher profile

Kim Spooner’s incisive and expressive portrait and figure paintings are held in public and private collections. She is an award-winning portraitist with portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, and is an inspirational teacher who is skilled at communicating ideas and responding to the individual needs of students and artists. She completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2009. Winner of the 2006 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Kim is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide.

materials list

For Week 1 of the course, students should only bring basic materials as listed below. Kim will discuss more specific needs with everyone on the first night.

Kim will also bring a basic supply of art materials on the first night to ensure that students do not make unnecessary purchases. Experienced students may bring along their paints and an assortment of brushes and tools.

Basic materials

  • Notebook and pen
  • Sketching paper
  • Charcoal
  • Medium-sized canvas or board (approx. 45cm x 60cm)

If you have any questions prior to the commencement of the course, you are welcome to contact Kim at kimspooner11@hotmail.com

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus

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