Painting From Real Life


17 – 21 January 2022, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 12 December
Leslie Rice

Learn the art of studio painting and the importance of working from the human figure, training the eye to see and understand the infinitely complex possibilities for creating dynamic compositions. In a supportive environment, you will develop short paper sketches into preparatory studies and then into larger, sustained paintings.

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

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Full Details

Term: Summer School Week Two 2022
Start Date: 17 January 2022
End Date: 21 January 2022
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Teacher: Leslie Rice
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $840.00
Early Fee: $765.00
Concession Fee: $800.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Learn the art of studio painting from still life to the nude model, whilst refining your observational skills and allowing your personal visual language to emerge in a supportive, fun environment. Les Rice teaches you to how to develop short sketches on paper into preparatory studies leading to larger, sustained paintings on board and canvas. He refers to the traditional elements of still life and figurative painting and emphasises the importance of working from the human figure to train the eye to see and understand the infinitely complex possibilities for creating dynamic compositions. Students will be encouraged to work freely, and experiment, without placing emphasis on particular styles. Explore a range of media from acrylic to oil paints, watercolours and collage techniques, while exploring line, tone, proportion, and learning to mix colours. Les presents demonstrations, group critiques and time for individual tuition throughout the course.The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with prior painting experience who want to be challenged and educated in an enjoyable way.

Lecturer Profile

Leslie Rice was a professional tattoo artist for more than 15 years before attending art school and realising that everything he loved was awful. Completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School in 2006, Les began to make paintings that both exploited and mocked his poor taste. He won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2007 and 2012, and his work has been exhibited in many solo, group and award shows. Recently he has appeared in several films and is currently writing two books; he continues to paint and teach painting at the National Art School.

Art Materials

For the first day of the course, students should only bring basic materials listed below. Les will discuss more specific needs with everyone on the first day.

Les will also bring a basic supply of art materials on the first day to ensure that students do not make unnecessary purchases. Experienced students may bring along their paints and an assortment of brushes and tools.

Basic materials
Notebook and pen
Sketching paper
Medium-sized canvas or board (approx. 45cm x 60cm)


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 parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, it is compulsory to wear masks indoors when on campus and all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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