Painting - Oils and/or Acrylics Using Water

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Try this traditional method of oil painting without turps and let your creative side free as you learn basic techniques and tips on how to produce a wonderful artwork. You will start with a seascape of a local beach or if you would rather try your hand at any other subject of your choice, just bring a photo of the subject you would like to paint. If acrylic paints are more your style you are welcome to join this course and use your own materials or use the tutor’s at a small cost. All levels welcome.


Topics covered:

  • Water based clean-up oil paints and/or acrylics.
  • Types of canvas and their preparation.
  • Use of different mediums and tools.
  • Arranging a palette.
  • Drawing the design.
  • Understanding tonal values and colour placement.
  • Establishing light and shadow with tonal washes and blending.
  • Impasto technique (thick paint) using a palette knife.

Outcome/ Benefits

On completion of this course you will have the knowledge and techniques for water-based clean-up oil paints/acrylics and be able to build on your painting expertise.

What To Bring

Please contact tutor before purchasing any materials. Phone the College on 4353 0017 for contact details.
Special paints are utilised which can be purchased from the tutor or from Artists World at Toukley or Eckersleys at Erina.


  • Canvas board maximum size 45cm x 60cm (approx).
  • Easel: can be ordered from tutor ($100 each).
  • 2B Pencil.
  • Pliable rubber and pencil rubber.
  • Pastel stick or pencil – light grey.
  • Flat palette (can use a smooth plastic plate).
  • Palette knife.
  • Long handled bristle brushes large and small (you may use tutor’s brushes in first lesson if you wish).
  • Small soft rags – face washer size.
  • Two small shallow plastic dishes for water (can be empty margarine/butter containers).
  • Old 1.25 litre empty soft drink bottle and large container for dirty water.
  • Students will be using teacher’s photo of Terrigal beach or BYO beach photo.
  • Box of tissues.
  • Paints: students may use the tutor’s paints at a small weekly cost OR students can purchase Artisan water mixable colours by Winsor & Newton (only). Please advise tutor if you wish to purchase paint or easel from her.
  • You may bring any other oil paints and equipment that they are currently using.

If you wish to use acrylic paints please bring any materials you have, or use the tutor’s for $2 per session. You will need to bring all other materials in the list except the oil paints. Tutor will advise in the first session if you wish to purchase your own.

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.