Early Fee

Introduction to Expressive Painting

$360.00 $325.00

Early fee ends 1 April 2019

18 May to 19 May, 9.30am to 4pm
Annabel Butler

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form.

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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: Annabel Butler

Level: Beginner
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

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form. Annabel Butler guides you through various approaches to landscapes, cityscapes and interiors by referencing a selection of Australian, American and European expressionist painters who have sought to depict their emotional responses rather than an objective reality. Using acrylic or oil paints, 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 weekend 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

Students will need to bring a range of source materials such as drawings, sketches and/or photos that you will wish to work from.

  • Visual Arts diary for notes & sketches, A4 or A5
  • 2B/4B pencil, eraser, sharpener
  • A selection of small to medium sized canvas boards/stretchers (30x40cm)
  • Plastic spray water bottle
  • Old cotton rags or paper towels
  • Wide necked glass jars with lids
  • 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
  • Palette knife
  • If using oil paints, please bring odourless 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
  • Terre Verte (oil), Olive Green (acrylic)
  • Viridian Green (oil), Phthalo Green (acrylic)
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Paynes Grey
  • Black

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

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