Early Fee

Painting Fundamentals: Acrylic and Oils


ON CAMPUS: 9-13 January 2023, Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee Ends 5 December 2022
Kevin McKay

Have you always wanted to paint but haven’t known where to start? Designed for complete beginners this course will give you a solid and practical foundation in painting using acrylics and oil paints. Learn simple processes for colour mixing, composition, and perspective, to produce a suite of finished paintings.

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


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Full Details

Program: Summer School 2023
Start Date: 9 January 2023
End Date: 13 January 2023
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Lecturer: Kevin McKay
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $925.00
Early Fee: $835.00
Concession Fee: $880.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

Have you always wanted to paint but haven’t known where to start? Designed for complete beginners this course will give you a solid and practical foundation in painting using acrylics and oil paints. Kevin McKay will lead you step-by-step through the basic techniques, showing you how to prepare a ground, compose a painting with correct proportion and perspective, and how to build tonal relationships that brings surprising 3-dimensional illusion to your works. You will learn how to paint directly from life with still-life settings in the studio and an excursion outdoors in the landscape. Kevin shows you how to structure the composition of a painting, and reference the techniques used by traditional and modern masters. He introduces you to the magical world of colour theory with simple processes for colour mixing, to produce a suite of finished paintings; all the time furthering your skills and building your confidence as a painter.

Lecturer Profile

Kevin McKay was born in the USA and migrated to Australia with his family at age two. An alumnus of the National Art School and the Southern Sydney Art School, McKay is a suburban landscape painter who composes his work in the studio and en plein air. Plein air studies greatly inform McKay’s practice, with paintings that typically depict eerily empty architectural spaces, where the stillness of classical form and the drama of light is found in the everyday and in the midst of urban transience.

McKay has exhibited extensively around Australia, including holding 15 solo exhibitions since 2010. He was the winner in the Bayside Art Award’s Visual Art Prize in 2018, the Alan Gamble Memorial Award for the Built Environment in 2015, and Waverley Art Prize’s Oil Painting Prize in 2013. He was also the recipient of the inaugural William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship and Rome Residency winner in 2011. Alongside his many awards and prizes, McKay was also the recipient of the Broken Hill Art Exchange residency program in 2019, the inaugural William Fletcher Foundation’s Scholarship to The British School at Rome in 2011, and the Basil & Muriel Hooper Scholarship from the AGNSW in 2006.

Kevin’s work is represented in several public and private collections, including, the Elliott Eyes Collection, Waverley Library, BHP, Kogarah Municipal Council, Toohey’s Brewery and Sydney Institute of TAFE.


Materials List

Visual diary, pencil, eraser, blade for sharpening pencils

PAINT – Oil OR Acrylic (Art Spectrum or Atelier recommended brands)

Permanent Crimson (cool red)
Napthol Red Light or Spectrum (warm red)
Transparent Yellow or Indian Yellow (warm yellow)
Pthalo Blue (cool blue)

Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)

Veridian or Pthalo Green

Cadmium Orange (optional)

*Raw Umber
*Payne’s Grey
*Titanium White
(large tube)

*Bold = colours needed for first 4 classes

Oil medium – stand oil (heat thickened linseed oil) 100 ml
Acrylic medium – clear painting medium (not “gel” or drying retarder)

Oil – odourless solvent (Art Spectrum) 500 ml

A range of cheap bristle brushes (flat) size 2-12 1 x filbert size 6-8
1 x synthetic flat
1 x synthetic fine

Pad of A3 canvas paper, or stretched canvases approx 30 x 40cm

Palette (plastic plate with no ridges)
small jars with lids (for oil paint solvent)

White acrylic gesso (250-500ml) and raw umber (acrylic) is required to prime your support with a neutral ground.



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

In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines,  all students 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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