Painting a Room with a View (Online)


4 August – 22 September 2020, Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm AEST
Fran O’Neill

Are you getting used to seeing the same view outside your window and dreaming of visiting other landscapes? Fran O’Neill invites you to look for the possibilities of landscape from within your own reality and expanded perceptivity.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile, home-studio requirements and art materials

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Term: Term Three 2020 Online
Start Date: 4 August 2020
End Date: 22 September 2020
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Number of classes: 8

Lecturer: Fran O’Neill
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
New Student Fee: $395.00 AUD
Previous Student Fee: $375.00 AUD
Location: Online delivery

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Are you getting used to seeing the same view outside your window and dreaming of visiting other landscapes? In this challenging time of being asked to stay indoors for lengthy periods, limiting travelling and waiting for ‘normal’ life to resume, why not become inspired to paint your real or imagined view in a new online painting course. Fran O’Neill invites you to look for the possibilities of landscape from within your own reality and expanded perceptivity. For some it maybe a view out of your door or window that captures your attention, or you might be able to access other kinds of far-reaching and diverse landscapes  working from photographs or your mind, picturing vistas of rolling hills, dense forests, backyards, interiors, vegetation, gardens, cityscapes, alleyways or suburban streets. Equally, the time of day and weather conditions might be the focus of your paintings, with the same view painted over a duration of weeks from morning to evening to cloudy to full sun days.

You will explore how to make the most of your own circumstances, by creating a suite of paintings to enhance your own vision under the guidance of Fran’s expert tuition. She challenges you to explore image making, concentrating on composition, form, value, colour mixing, limited pallets, hue and value. Individual and group critiques will take place online and opportunities to share and discuss your paintings with each other via digital platforms.

This course is designed for those who wish to invigorate their painting practice, break out of their comfort zone and expand their visual vocabulary whilst being limited in physical locations, but free to roam in the space of the imagination.


Fran’s online studio course is taught with Zoom and takes advantage of the full range of tools that this program offers. She is present in the online studio for the whole session and she responds directly to students’ questions with live demonstrations and discussions.

If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom program, some tutorial assistance is available prior to the commencement of the first session to ensure you can join in with ease and get to know the online learning environment.

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of twelve students and the sessions are not recorded.

Student home-studio requirements

A computer, laptop or iPad with good quality wifi connection.
The computer screen positioned in a stable place in front of you, at a distance that allows you to see screen images clearly, and to be heard through the inbuilt or external speakers and microphone.
A smart phone or camera for taking photos of your artworks

Lecturer Profile

Fran O’Neill’s art practice is grounded in drawing from life and she maintains these fundamentals as she focuses on abstract paintings. She currently teaches online and formerly, on campus at the Art Students League and the New York Studio School in New York City, and is represented by the Sears Peyton Gallery in the Chelsea art district in Manhattan. She holds dual citizenship in the U.S.A. and in Australia, dividing her time between Australia and New York. Her paintings are held in corporate, museum and individual collections.  For more information on Fran’s artworks visit www.searspeyton.com and http://www.franoneill.com/

Art materials

Paints of your choosing in oil or acrylic paints – a full range of cool and warm colours.
Painting mediums for your chosen material

This is the full list of paint colours in order of placement around the palette, however you are welcome to begin with what you already have in your collection. If you are not sure what to purchase the lecturer will discuss at the first class.

Flake White
Titanium White
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Red Light or Medium
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Green Deep
Raw Umber
Ivory Black
Peach Black

Optional colours
Quinacridone Magenta
Caput Mortem Violet or Indian Red
Windsor Violet (W&N) (Dioxazine Violet)
Cerulean Blue
Terre Verde

Oil Painting
If you are working with oils please ensure you have a well-ventilated space.
A large hand-held palette is to be varnished with 2 coats shellac or 6 coats of linseed oil
Odorless Turpentine in sealable containers. You will need to store turps in either glass or metal containers, as anything made of plastic will dissolve.
Murphy’s oil soap for cleaning brushes

Acrylic Painting
A variety of plastic containers for storing mixed paints
Plastic palette
Spray bottle with water to keep paints from drying out

General Materials
Rags and/or paper towels
Drawing paper, pencils and charcoal
Wet wipes for cleaning hands and palettes outdoors
Plastic wrap for palette storage
A palette knife for mixing and applying paint
Paint brushes:  a large selection of rounds from small sable to large house painting rounds
Painting surfaces: all sizes of canvases and boards are recommended, and preference is Painting supports, either artists’ canvas, wood painting panels, good quality paper. Sizes will be discussed in class

Optional Materials
Watercolors, palette, watercolor paper or block
Sketch book, pencils, erasers for drawing ideas

Parkers Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies offer discounts on art materials and postage to NAS students. They have special art materials kits for NAS short courses on their website. To discuss and order art materials contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

Covered footwear and protective clothes are recommended.

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