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Painting courses & seminars

Saturday mornings starting August 31

Colour theory in painting

Colour theory colour wheel

Learn colour mixing and painting skills.

4 X 3hrs

$300

An Introduction to Colour Mixing in Painting

Understanding and controlling colour is a vital aspect of painting. This 4 session course focuses on the foundation of colour theory and mixing with a thorough series of practical painting exercises. Designed to develop your skills and strategies this seminar will unlock the world of colour for you and help you to realise your creative ideas.

Sessions run from 10:00 - 1:00   SATURDAY MORNINGS

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Painting 101

Painting 101 photo

Start off your painting with good habits

7 X 2.5hrs

$450

Painting with Acrylics

If you have ever wanted to learn how to paint and don’t know where to start then Painting 101 is for you. You don’t need any previous experience as the unit is designed to build your skills as you progress. There will be instruction and exercises to develop your skills in; drawing from observation and perspective, easel setup and good working practice, colour theory and mixing, tone, paint blending, and compositional strategies. Throughout the unit you will progress to painting from observation. The sessions will include many examples and demonstrations to help improve your painting skills as you progress to painting a small still life on canvas.

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Still Life Painting

Still life painting of flowers in vase


8 X 2.5hrs

$500

Create mood in your paintings

Learn how to paint engaging still life paintings emphasising mood. This course is focused on developing your use of colour, underpainting and will teach you methods to control your compositions. Learn strategies from famous still life paintings to recognise how and when to edit details, create balance or focal points in your own paintings. Using acrylic paints, the workshops will progress through a series of focused exercises building toward a painting on canvas painted over 3 sessions. This course is a great way to explore and develop a range of approaches in your paintings.

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Portrait Painting 101


8 X 2.5hrs

$500

Build your observation and painting skills.

Portrait Painting 101 focuses on the whole portrait painting process, from planning and taking useful reference photos to anatomy, drafting, layout of composition, painting techniques and colour strategies. Learn from the successful approaches that artists have employed over centuries. This course is structured towards a well-planned portrait painted on canvas over 3 sessions. How you set up determines how you will progress so come and learn good working practices to get your portrait painting off to a good start.

Monday nights   6:30—9:00

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Landscape Painting 101

Lanscape painting of skipping girl


8 X 2.5hrs

$500

Create the space

Learn control of colour, detail and perspective to create cohesive spaces in your landscape painting. This course will investigate strategies and techniques to structure the space in your paintings with an emphasis on collecting good reference photos. Much about landscape painting is about creating illusions with paint. There will be a series of focused exercises on how to edit and translate information from reference material to a unified images culminating in a painting on canvas over several sessions.

This is a good way to progress your painting skills.

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Exploring Portraiture Styles

Portrait Painting of based on Ingres' Princesse de Broglie


10 X 2.5hrs

$625

Pushing your boundaries

A follow on from Portrait Painting 101, Exploring Portraiture Styles explores many different ways of capturing the essence of the sitter in your portraits. Through inspiring examples and challenging exercises this course is designed to expand your range of strategies and approaches to portraiture. Experiment with concepts, representation and abstraction as you move out of your comfort zone. Learn how to refine your paint handing to support your ideas. Be creatively stimulated by the diverse approaches of others in the class. This course is structured for you to develop many approaches before resolving one into a portrait painted over numerous sessions.

Appropriate for intermediate to advanced painters.

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Creative approaches in Painting

Painting creativity logo


10 X 2.5hrs

$625

Try something new.

Flex your creative muscle in this engaging course designed to help you out of your comfort zone in challenging ways. Each week you will be faced with new objectives or restrictions that demand creative responses removed from your usual safe habits. The challenges, technical or conceptual in nature, encourage fresh methods or thought processes that expand your artistic repertoire. Benefit from the creativity of others as we explore a multitude of new ideas and approaches in a collaborative environment. Theories about creativity will be examined including ways to boost your creative thinking.

This course is for confident painters looking for new ideas and strategies to develop their creativity and reinvigorate their painting practice.

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Modern Art Movements 1

Colourful lanscape in Fauvist style


10 X 2.5hrs

$625

Impressionists, Post Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauvists.

Modern Art Movements 1 is focused on the beginning of the move away from representational art towards abstraction. It combines practical painting workshops with art theory and historical context to further develop your painting skills and understandings of the art movements and their place in art history. The movements of Impressionists, Post Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauvism expanded the painting vocabulary. Painting strategies and techniques exploring colour and mood will be adopted for a series of paintings based on these styles of painting.

Modern Art Movements 1-4 are a series of units designed to cover the evolution of modern art from the 1880’s to the 1980’s. The units are designed sequentially, however you can start off in the era that suits you.

Intermediate to advanced painting skills are recommended as the unit progresses quickly through the movements.

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Modern Art Movements 2

Lanscape in Surrealist style


10 X 2.5hrs

$625

Cubism, Suprematism, Constructivism, De Stijl and Surrealism

Modern Art Movements 2 is focused on the idea of exploring the truth in art through early abstraction. It combines practical painting workshops with art theory and historical context to further develop your painting skills and understandings of the art movements and their place in art history. The art movements explored will analyse how artists broke down the image and traditional representations in their exploration of painting. Painting strategies and techniques that analyse structure and concepts of representation will be adopted for a series of paintings based on these styles of painting.

Modern Art Movements 1-4 are a series of units designed to cover the evolution of modern art from the 1880’s to the 1980’s. The units are designed sequentially, however you can start off in the era that suits you.

Intermediate to advanced painting skills are recommended as the unit progresses quickly through the movements.

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Modern Art Movements 3

Pop art inspired raygun


10 X 2.5hrs

$625

Abstract Expressionism, Colour field theory, Op Art and Pop Art

Modern Art Movements 3 continues exploring the idea of the truth in art throughout mid century abstraction. It combines practical painting workshops with art theory and historical context to further develop your painting skills and understandings of the art movements and their place in art history. The art movements explored will analyse how artists investigated the surface and subject matter in painting. Painting strategies and techniques that focus on surface, colour and concepts of representation will be adopted for a series of paintings based on these styles of painting.

Modern Art Movements 1-4 are a series of units designed to cover the evolution of modern art from the 1880’s to the 1980’s. The units are designed sequentially, however you can start off in the era that suits you.

Intermediate to advanced painting skills are recommended as the unit progresses quickly through the movements

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Modern Art Movements 4

Neo Expressionist inspired portrait


10 X 2.5hrs

$625

Photorealism, Minimalism and Neo Expressionism

Modern Art Movements 4 explores the last of the modern art movements as the art world transitions to the idea of Post Modernism. It combines practical painting workshops with art theory and historical context to further develop your painting skills and understandings of the art movements and their place in art history. The art movements explored reveal the contrasts in strategies as artists sought new methods of expression. Painting strategies and techniques that focus on detail, precision and concepts of expression will be adopted for a series of paintings based on these styles of painting.

Modern Art Movements 1-4 are a series of units designed to cover the evolution of modern art from the 1880’s to the 1980’s. The units are designed sequentially, however you can start off in the era that suits you.

Intermediate to advanced painting skills are recommended as the unit progresses quickly through the movements

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Painting at Metro Art Dept

Painting is the one of the worlds most enduring and engaging art forms. The ability to create three dimensions, portraits, landscapes, stories and emotional responses from colours placed on a flat surface can almost seem like magic.

At Metro Art Dept we want to teach you how. Our various painting courses and seminars are designed to complement one another and reinforce concepts that will combine to give you a comprehensive understanding of painting techniques and strategies.

We highly value the experience of those who have come before and strive to show engaging and relevant examples alongside the diverse practical activities to give you a more complete and rewarding understanding of painting.

So come along and learn something new or hone your skills.

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