Early Fee

Painting Practice: Finding your Voice

$830.00 $750.00

19 Oct 19 – 7 Dec 19, Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tonee Messiah

Develop and refine your understanding of the visual language of painting, and build confidence in your own practice.

Early fee ends 25 Aug 19

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Full Details

Term: Term Four 2019
Start Date: 19 October 2019
End Date: 7 December 2019
Time: Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Tonee Messiah

Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Full fee: $830.00
Early Fee: $750.00
Concession Fee: $790.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Develop and refine your understanding of the visual language of painting, and build confidence in your own practice. Tonee Messiah guides you in how to choose meaningful subject matter and translate it into imagery while understanding how to decide on appropriate styles for rendering your paintings in colour. You will be guided through a series of exercises that introduce the basic principles intrinsic to painting, including style, colour mixing and application, and idea development. Tonee leads group discussions and demonstrates how to identify students’ individual areas of interest and to translate them into content for artworks. She also introduces expressive painting techniques, abstraction and colour as powerful, emotive tools and ways of translating narrative into visual language. The initial exercises will be set in either acrylic or oil paints, yet students can add mixed media as the course progresses. Tonee gives individual tuition to assist students with deciphering their initial ideas and developing compositions, and instructions on applying techniques to develop a suite of finished paintings.

teacher profile

Tonee Messiah’s painting practice has evolved over 15 years from representational to abstract. She is motivated by the subtleties of the human condition, finding imagery that speaks of the tensions present in modern life and the undulations of human relationships. Having started her professional practice using acrylics, she now paints predominantly in oils, and her works on paper use a vast combination of water-based media. Tonee has been a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, the Paddington Art Prize and the ABN AMRO Art Award. She has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, and her work is held in Artbank, the Monash University Museum of Art, and many corporate and private collections. She is represented by Gallery 9, Sydney.


In this painting course you will be encouraged to use acrylic paints but using oil paints is also acceptable if you prefer it.

If you already have some paints bring them to the first class, and your teacher can tell you whether the colours you have are suitable alternatives to the list given below.

Acrylic Paints
Titanium White
Ivory Black
Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
Pthalo Blue (cool blue)
Cadmium Red (warm red)
Alizarin Crimson (cool red)
Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm yellow)
Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon yellow (cool yellow)
Raw Umber
250ml bottle of Atelier Clear painting medium or Matisse Painting medium
NB: Cadmium colours are ideal but feel free to choose cheaper alternatives in cool and warm colours

NB: For those who wish to paint in oils predominantly, the following colours will be required.
Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
Phthalo Blue (cool blue)
Scarlet red / Spectrum red (warm red)
Spectrum Crimson / Alizarin(cool red)
Spectrum yellow / Golden yellow (warm yellow)
Lemon Yellow (cool yellow)
Raw Umber
Raw sienna/ yellow ochre
Titanium White
Ivory Black

If you are choosing to use Oil Paints Please bring
1 x bottle of odourless solvent 100ml
1 glass jar and lid (small, to clean brushes in)
1 x 100ml bottle of Archival Brand (fast drying) fat medium OPTIONAL

4 Large A1 pieces of oil sketch paper (this is suitable for oils and acrylic paint)
OR an A3 pad with Oil Sketch Paper and 1 large A1 sheet of above.

Miscellaneous Materials
Flat wood or plastic palette or disposable palette
1 small neck palette knife with pointy tip (plastic or metal)
1 lead 2B pencil
Sketchbook A5 size or larger for notes and planning
2-3 cm thick Masking tape
2 x Bulldog clips
Apron/protective clothing

flat brushes in sizes that are approximately 15mm, 10mm and 5mm wide.
These brushes can be either synthetic or natural bristle, even if you are painting in oils.
filbert brushes in sizes that are approximately 12mm, 8mm and 5mm.
These brushes can be either synthetic or natural bristle, even if you are painting in oils.
1 wide 3-4 cm cheap flat bristle brush
round fine point synthetic brush size 1 or 2

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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