Early Fee

Landscape Painting in Oils


Residential Art Camp: Monday 1st -Thursday 4th May 2023, Early Fee Ends 27 March 2023
Michelle Hiscock

3-day residential Art Camp at Mystery Bay. Capture the richness of colour, light and atmosphere in the medium of oil painting at beautiful Mystery Bay on the south coast of NSW. With unlimited access to pristine beaches, rocky outcrops, mountains, flora and fauna, this lush countryside will delight your senses and invigorate your paintings. Accommodation and catering costs are additional to course fee.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

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Full Details

Program: Residential Art Camp
Start Date: 1 May 2023
End Date: 4 May 2023
Day: Monday to Thursday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Lecturer: Michelle Hiscock
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $925.00
Early Fee: $835.00
Concession Fee: $880.00
Location: Mystery Bay NSW

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

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Capture the richness of colour, light and atmosphere of the beautiful Mystery Bay and its surrounding natural environments, in the medium of oil painting. With unlimited access to views of hills and mountains, pristine beaches, rocky outcrops, bush flora and fauna, this lush countryside will delight your senses and invigorate your paintings.

Michelle Hiscock will share her extensive knowledge of the great tradition of landscape painting and reveal essential practical skills such as how to select a motif appropriate to the time available, find the best position to manage scale and proportion and the best ways to prepare supports and set the palette for working in the field

Following the example of landscape masters such as Lorraine, Corot, Turner and Streeton, Michelle will introduce you to the principles of classical composition, how to use drawing to plan your painting and develop a strong, underlying tonal structure.

Michelle will inspire you with expert demonstrations of a wide variety of methods and guide you towards the best approach to suit your aims, including translucent washes on a white ground, opaque layers over coloured grounds, traditional monochrome underpainting and alla prima or direct painting techniques.


Art Camp Schedule

Monday 1 May

2:00pm Check in at Mystery Bay Cottages

3:00-6:00pm Art Workshop

Tuesday 2 May

9:30am-12:30pm Art Workshop

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-4:30pm Art Workshop

Wednesday 3 May

9:30am-12:30pm Art Workshop

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-4:30pm Art Workshop

Thursday 4 May

9:00am Check out at Mystery Bay Cottages

10:00am-1:00pm Art Workshop


Lecturer Profile

Michelle Hiscock is an expert in the history of painting techniques, materials, and methods. She is represented by Australian Galleries and has exhibited nationally for over thirty years. Michelle has been a Painting Lecturer at the National Art School since 1998. She has also given many lectures and demonstrations, run classes on historical techniques and conducted floor talks and tours for the Art Gallery of NSW

Art Materials

Please bring your favourite portable sketching materials for the sketching session on the first day and a pencil and paper for note-taking.
Willow charcoal
Palette knife (diamond shaped like a trowel)
Palette (flat, without ridges or indents, e.g. plywood, plastic, Perspex)
Tube of burnt umber acrylic paint
Tube of white acrylic paint (Matisse ‘Structure’ is recommended)
Cotton cloth rags (old sheets are best)
Paper towel
Stand oil at least 250mls
Odourless solvent approx 500mls
Disposable gloves (optional; vinyl is better than latex)
Small glass jar with lid
A lidded container for brush cleaning
Masking tape

Painting Supports

For maximum flexibility, Michelle recommends you bring two sheets of thick watercolour paper or an A3 watercolour sketch pad, minimum weight 200gsm and a lightweight backing board.

Optional: You are also welcome to bring a range of supports according to your preference. These could be plywood, Masonite or stretched linen/canvas, and preferably smaller than A3.

We will be experimenting with different ways of preparing the support using acrylic, so pre-primed supports should be in acrylic rather than oil.

MDF and canvas boards are not recommended.


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 flat 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.

We are using a low-toxicity approach. Do not bring cobalt, chrome, cadmium or lead-based pigments.

The following is a suggested list of colours.

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

Raw sienna
Burnt umber
Alizarin crimson
Ultramarine blue
Pthalo blue
Ivory black

Other Equipment

Portable Easel or Folding table
Fold out stool/chair
Picnic blanket
Sun hat, sunscreen and sun glasses
Long sleeved shirt
Insect repellant



Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

Whist NAS strongly encourages vaccination, students are not required to be vaccinated as a condition of their enrolment at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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