Early Fee

Oil Painting with Colour and Light*

$815.00 $735.00

Early fee ends 18 March 2019

29 Apr to 24 Jun, 10am to 2pm
Dr David Briggs
This course is not held on 10 June (Queens Birthday public holiday).

Learn to handle oil paint confidently, tonally and expressively, and mix any colour quickly, accurately and expressively.

15 Available


Term: Term 2 2019
Start Date: 29 April 2019
End Date: 24 June 2019
*This course is not held on 10 June (Queen’s Birthday public holiday)
Time: Mondays, 10am-2pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Dr David Briggs

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $735.00
Early Concession Fee: $700.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Discover how light and colour actually work, and avoid the confusion caused by colour myths, in this in-depth course in modern colour theory and its application to oil painting. Beginning students will learn to handle oil paint confidently and expressively, to analyse and paint a subject tonally, and to mix any colour they want quickly and accurately. Continuing or advanced students will apply these skills to painting subjects of their own choosing in full colour.

teacher profile

David Briggs PhD trained at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He specialises in life drawing and painting and in relating modern scientific knowledge to artistic colour theory. He has taught art classes since 1996 at many institutions, including six years as the life drawing instructor for Disney’s Sydney studio and classes in drawing and art history and theory at the National Art School. He is the author of an extensive website on the theory and practice of colour for painters, The Dimensions of Colour.

materials list

An assortment of flat and round, bristle and/or synthetic sable brushes of various sizes from fine to large, in good condition.

Artist grade oil paints, preferably including:

  • Titanium White OR Zinc White
  • Permanent Rose
  • Bright opaque red (like Cadmium Red)
  • Bright yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Phthalocyanine Blue (e.g. “Winsor” OR “Spectrum” Blue)
  • Raw Umber
  • Ivory Black or Winsor and Newton Charcoal Grey

And optionally including:

  • Bright orange like Cadmium Orange)
  • Phthalocyanine Green (e.g. “Winsor” OR “Spectrum” Green)
  • Ultramarine


For new students: pieces of acrylic-primed canvas, a bit bigger than A4 (most offcuts sold at Parkers are suitable)

For continuing students: two stretched canvases, at least 12″ x 16″

Other equipment and materials


  • Pencil and notebook
  • Ruler
  • Tube of Matisse Carbon Grey acrylic paint for toning canvas
  • Palette, either wooden (not white) or a small glass clip frame
  • Stainless steel palette/mixing knife (not plastic)
  • Screw cap container (“dipper”) for painting medium
  • Linseed Oil (small bottle)
  • Odourless Solvent
  • Old rags and paper towels

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

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