Painting Masterclass: Revitalise Your Painting Practice


23 Feb to 13 Apr, 10am to 3pm
Roger Crawford

Expand your critical thinking about painting processes to create and extend formal and aesthetic understandings.

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Term: Term 1 2019
Start Date: 23 Feb 2019
End Date: 13 April 2019
Time: Saturdays, 10am-3pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Roger Crawford

Level: Advanced
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $825.00
Early Concession Fee: $785.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

This advanced painting course is for those who have an established art practice and are seeking to expand their work. Roger Crawford works individually with students to create and extend their formal and aesthetic understanding of their paintings. As an experienced artist and educator, he will mentor you to develop the context of your work and to find new forms of painting practice. Risk-taking and experimentation have always been a vital part of making art. With this in mind, this masterclass gives you time to reassess and evaluate the very nature of your work. It is also a time to discard old methodologies and procedures in your painting practice that be limiting your progress. The course will provide a way forward and a beginning for renewal in your artwork, and strategies for continuing your new approach to your painting practice after the course will also be discussed.

teacher profile

Roger Crawford translates the objective world into powerful reductive paintings and drawings. An experienced artist, he is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney, where he has had many solo exhibitions over 30 years. Roger is a long-standing staff member of the National Art School, lecturing in the Drawing and Painting departments. Roger states: “I believe in process and what it gives us – the notion of time itself as the function of art.”

materials list

Bring one or more works you intend to develop during the course – this can include ideas for paintings you would like to develop in the workshop, partly finished paintings, sketches and source ideas.

Bring photographic documentation and/or actual examples of your recent work so that Roger can have an insight into your work and direction.

You may consider the following materials for use during the course:

  • Notebook and/or sketchbook, drawing paper such as cartridge and drawing media such as pencils, charcoal, compressed charcoal
  • Oil/acrylic paints – bring whatever you have available and normally use
  • Brushes, square and round bristle – bring an assortment of sizes and whatever you usually use
  • Palette for mixing paint – an A2 size sheet of white perspex is ideal
  • Surfaces to work on – e.g. prepared paper, stretched canvas, canvas boards – select the surfaces and sizes you wish to work on
  • Rubber gloves
  • Block of domestic soap, plastic sauce container with plastic lid, and some jars and rags.

For students using acrylic paint, consider bringing acrylic emulsion or acrylic binder (500ml).

For students using oil paint consider bringing medium No 1, which is a fast-drying medium (500ml), refined linseed oil (500ml) if you use it, a solvent such as odourless solvent (500ml), and a solvent for cleaning up (500ml – 1 litre).

If you are interested in exploring collage in your work, you may like to bring fixative, scissors, a small bottle of PVA glue and collage/scrap materials such as fabric, coloured patterned paper, card and thin plywood.

Roger will advise on additional materials as the course progresses.

Art materials can be purchased at Parkers Art Supplies on campus.

Important: ALL solvent containers must be clearly labelled. DO NOT keep solvent in a water bottle.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus


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