Folk and Decorative Painting

$180 Limited inc GST / $170
Folk and Decorative Painting

<p>You will be surprised how easy it is to learn basic brush techniques and paint stunning designs on wooden items, canvas, furniture terracotta and more. You will become a confident painter as you


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You will be surprised how easy it is to learn basic brush techniques and paint stunning designs on wooden items, canvas, furniture terracotta and more. You will become a confident painter as you progress from traditional folk art to Australiana themes, teddies, florals, animals, birds and scenes. Once you know the basics you may paint any subject of your choice, guided by a tutor with 23 years teaching experience. You may also enhance your designs with special effects by clever use of various painting mediums. This course will provide you with the skills to confidently branch into other painting mediums in the future. Sessions are conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, complete beginners and experienced artists are all welcome. If you have previously experimented with acrylics, expand your expertise by painting a range of subjects including realistic scenes, buildings, flowers, birds, animals, a portrait of your favourite pet or any other subject of your choice.


Beginners will learn basic strokework and correct loading of the brush using round and flat brush techniques, including comma, s-stroke, pivot-stroke, double-loading, fine liner-work, stippling, floating and using washes. These skills will be practised during the first term by completing a series of floral decorative designs. Students who have mastered the basics may select any subject or create any design of their choice and be guided by the tutor in how to achieve the best results for their project.
Topics that will be covered, including those for more advanced students:

  • Safety precautions when using paint products.
  • Preparation of canvas, metal, wood and terra cotta for painting.
  • Background treatments: wood staining, marbling and sponging technique*.
  • Different brushes and the effects they can create.
  • Basic principles of design and colour.
  • How to achieve correct perspective.
  • Use of shadows and highlights to create a three dimensional effect.
  • Using mediums for specific effects eg. flow medium/extender, stroke and blending medium or crackle medium.
  • Pen and wash technique.
  • Finishing: antiquing and varnishing.


On completion of Term 1 you will be confident in the use of acrylic paints and brushes and be able to paint a variety decorative designs. On continuation of this course you will further your experience and expertise toward being able to tackle any subject of your choice.

What to Bring

Lesson 1 (beginners):

  • Jo Sonja Paints: warm white, norwegian orange, teal green, brown earth, yellow oxide, jade or antique green
  • Flow Medium or extender
  • Brushes: round No. 0 or 1, round No 3, Script Liner No 00 or 000
  • white transfer paper
  • mid-grey chalk pencil e.g.. othello
  • black cardboard for practise painting
  • palette: ice cream container lid, plate or tile
  • water jar

Other items can be added later in the term:
Paints: french blue, cadmium yellow mid, napthol crimson, carbon black, diox purple, rich gold (metallic)
Brushes: flat 1/8", 3/8", 1/4" & 1/2", deerfoot 1/8"
If you have done folk or decorative painting before, bring existing equipment and a piece to paint.

Please Note

If you have supplied us with a mobile phone number, we may contact you via SMS if there are any last minute course changes or class cancellations. Please check your phone during the few days prior to the class start date in case there are any changes to your class. If you are sent an SMS please do not reply as these are sent via our computer system and we are unable to receive replies. Please contact one of our offices to confirm you have received any SMS messages.
Thank you.