Course Outline

Explore your creative potential in this structured painting course that is perfect for absolute beginners as well as those who want to expand their painting skills. Using easy to use, and dry, acrylics you will gain skills in composition, tone and mixing to achieve realistic colour. A strong focus is placed on paint mixing to achieve realistic colours, making this ideal for beginners to experienced painters alike.

Your tutor will introduce you to techniques to get your creativity flowing as you learn to paint subject matter from still life, portraits, working from photographs or your imagination. The course is intended to be ongoing, encouraging painters to develop their practice and work on their own projects in consultation with the tutor.

Find your inspiration and gain the skills to achieve what you want on your canvas.

Ideal for...

Our Painting Course is for everyone! From beginners who want to learn to paint, to experienced painters wanting to expand their skills.


• Development of your own painting style
• Understanding of composition and tone
• Understanding of paint mixing to achieve realistic colours
• Collection of your own painted artworks

What to bring

For the first class please bring:

  • Willow Charcoal
  • 2B Graphite pencil
  • Eraser
  • A kneadable eraser
  • A2 or A3 cartridge paper pad or at least 2 or 3 sheets
  • A Masonite drawing board and clips would be helpful but not essential.
You do not need to bring paints on the first night as Chris will supply some to get everyone started. If you already have paints please bring them along.

After the first week you will need to bring:

Acrylic Paint set

  • Warm Yellow – Cadmium Yellow or Spectrum Yellow at least 75ml tube
  • Cool Yellow – Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow 75ml tube
  • Warm Red – Napthol Scarle or Cadmium Red 75ml tube
  • Cool Red – Alizarin Crimson (There is no substitute for this colour) 75ml tube
  • Warm Blue – Ultramarine Blue 75ml tube
  • Cool Blue – Pthalocyanine (Pthalo) Blue 75ml tube
  • Titanium White at least 120ml tube or 500ml jar
  • Painting Palette – Large plastic lids or a sheet of Perspex or glass (essential)
  • Palette Knife – plastic or metal (essential)
  • Painting rags or an old towel (essential)
  • 2 large Jars for brushes
  • Assortment of sizes of at least 10 brushes – rounds and flats (Chinese Hogs hair bristle are fine)
  • Small, inexpensive Canvases (try $2 shop)

About your tutor

Our Painting Course tutor, Chris, is a practising artist who has held numerous exhibitions. He trained at the National Art School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (painting) and a Diploma of Fine Art (painting). Chris has wide experience in giving painting lessons and teaching visual arts to adults and children and currently holds a position as an art teacher at an independent school. His paintings can be found in public and private collections.

Other information

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.

  • Course testimonials
    Chris was an amazing teacher! He really taught us all how to become genuine painters.
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