Introduction to Classical Oil Painting


21 Sep 19 – 22 Sep 19, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Michelle Hiscock

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

Level: Intermediate, Advanced
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

Discover the sensuous beauty of classical oil painting techniques and be guided through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations of methods and specific ways of using materials. Learn the basic skills of oil painting, including preparation of supports, coloured grounds, tonal underpainting, setting the palette, colour mixing, paint handling and structuring paint in layers.

teacher profile

Michelle Hiscock takes a special interest in the history of painting materials and techniques and their application to contemporary practice. She is widely known for her lectures and masterclasses on drawing and painting at the National Art School and the Art Gallery of NSW. She is represented by Australian Galleries, Sydney, and has exhibited nationally for over 20 years.

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, cadium 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 cadium)
Bright red (e.g., Winsor red, Spectrum red – not cadium)
Yellow ochre or mars Yellow
Venetian red or red earth
Raw umber
Burnt sienna
Alizarin crimson
Ultramarine blue
Prussian blue
Ivory black

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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