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FOUNDATION PAINTING 1 is an 8 week course is suitable for beginners or artists returning to their practice.  You will learn fundamental skills to effectively shape your process and build your confidence – whether you’re interested in taking your existing painting practice to the next level or putting brush to canvas for the first time!  Even seasoned masters encounter struggle, but with the strong technical foundation this demystifying course has to offer, you’ll be well equipped to navigate the challenging but rewarding art form of Painting.

During this course you will delve into the foundations of painting and study the essential elements such as form, value, paint handling, mark-making, observational skills and the construction of an alla prima painting from the ground up.  Various painting approaches will be covered including painting from life and from quality reference photographs.

While encouraging creativity, the focus of Foundation Painting 1 is the core teachings of technical painting.  A rigorous but supportive learning environment will leave you with the confidence and facility to successfully execute your ideas in paint.

The Foundation Painting series has been designed to reserve colour for Foundation Painting 2 to allow you ample time to study in depth.  Following this course with Foundation Painting 2 consecutively will provide you with a comprehensive foundation and the confidence to explore painting further on your own, or in one of our Open Studio classes.


Complete beginners and artists returning to their practice

Paintbrushes, apron, gloves (optional)

All paints and basic materials

Brush Starter Pack
– Select from Gift Certificates, Packages, and Products section when booking

Our Foundation Drawing and Painting courses will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop a lifelong and autonomous practice. The focus of these courses is not just on developing your technical skills but also expanding your visual literacy and critical thinking.

We encourage and support our students to make the best work they can, by working hard and building discipline you create long term skills that transcend the duration of the course. All of our teachers are professional artists who generously share their experience and knowledge. You will be exposed to a diverse range of artistic practice, both historical and contemporary, allowing you to explore your own visual motivation and experience of art.

*Foundation Painting 1 is a pre-requisite for Foundation Painting 2

Jennifer Whitten is an American artist and immigrated to Melbourne in 2009.  At the start of her career her fastidious and highly skilled manner of working seemed well suited for medical illustration, but she quickly abandoned medical studies in pursuit of her own artistic investigations.

For years, her photorealistic paintings have navigated the aestheticisation of absence and autobiographical nostalgia; and most recently, after an encounter in Italy with a collection of 18th century reverse-glass paintings, she determined that glass would serve as an ideal conduit of these themes.  Oil, reverse-glass and representational painting have lengthy histories, but Jennifer’s edgy recontextualisation of these methods upends any hint of the conventional.  Incorporating everything from steel, to video, to live music, her complex installations defy the traditional 2D confines set for painting, but preserve its seduction and sincerity.

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