Introduction to Classical Oil Painting


18 May to 19 May, 9.30am to 4pm
Stephanie Monteith

Discover the sensuous beauty of classical oil painting through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations of methods and materials.

1 Available

Full Details

Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2019
Start Date: 18 May 2019
End Date: 19 May 2019
Time: Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-4.30pm
Number of classes: 2
Teacher: Stephanie Monteith

Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $325.00
Early Concession Fee: $305.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Discover the sensuous beauty of classical oil painting techniques and be guided through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations of methods and materials. Stephanie Monteith acquaints you with the fundamental skills of oil painting, including preparing supports, using coloured grounds, using tonal underpainting, setting the palette, mixing colours, handling paint and structuring paint in layers.

teacher profile

Stephanie Monteith is a Sydney-based artist 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

  • Palette knife (diamond shaped like a trowel)
  • Palette (flat, without ridges or indents, e.g. plywood, plastic, Perspex or glass)
  • Tube of white acrylic paint (Matisse ‘Structure’ is recommended)
  • Willow charcoal
  • Paper and pencil for note-taking
  • Cotton cloth rags (old sheets are best)
  • 1 rectangular take-away container
  • Refined linseed oil at least 250ml
  • Disposable gloves (optional; vinyl is better than latex)
  • Small glass jar with lid
  • masking tape

Note: Do not bring solvents or mediums. A low-odor painting medium will be provided.

Painting Supports

One support will be required approx. 10 x 12 inches – this can be canvas board, plywood, masonite or stretched canvas. MDF is not recommended.

Abandoned/unfinished paintings may also be ‘recycled’.


Please bring all the brushes you currently own. Ultimately, it is preferable to have 5 or more of each brush you like to use rather than a whole lot of completely different brushes.  If you are buying brushes for the first time we recommend the following as a minimum:

  • 3 filbert, synthetic or natural hog hair brushes approx. 8mm wide
  • 1 round, pointed, synthetic sable brush approx. 5mm wide
  • 1 flat, synthetic sable brush approx. 15mm wide

Oil paints

We are using a low-toxicity approach. DO NOT BRING COBALT, CHROME, CADMIUM OR LEAD-BASED PIGMENTS.

The following is a suggested list of colors. The exercises you choose to do might only require a limited selection of colors so please bring the paints you already have and discuss with Michelle before purchasing additional paints. Black, white and burnt umber will be used on the first day.

  • Titanium white (professional grade only; e.g. Old Holland, Winsor and Newton or Art Spectrum)
  • Bright yellow (e.g., Winsor yellow, Spectrum yellow – NOT CADMIUM)
  • Bright red (e.g., Winsor red, Spectrum red – NOT CADMIUM)
  • Yellow ochre or mars Yellow
  • Venetian red or red earth
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt sienna
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Prussian blue
  • Ivory black

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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