Term 3 Expressive Still Life Painting

Term 3 Expressive Still Life Painting

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Melanie Brown
Sat 3 Aug – Sat 7 Sep
1.30pm -4.30pm
Level: Beginner to Advanced


This course explores painterly approaches to still life painting, encouraging the use of light, form, colour, gesture, decorative qualities in the style of non-realism. Participants are invited to use both direct observation and their own source material, constructing studies in both alla prima and indirect methods. Leaning towards intuition, imagination and playfulness, participants will experiment with blended and unblended brush work, optical use of colour, glazing, dripping and other expressive processes to capture mood.

Suitable for all levels of painting.


Material List:

Oil Paint or acrylic paints:

(Oils can be used over acrylic, encouraging fast drying for initial layering, then oils for mixing & blending. Student quality is recommended)

Suggested warm and cool oils

  • Titanium White*
  • Ivory Black*
  • Ultramarine Blue*
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cadmium Red light*
  • Alizarin Permanent*
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium*
  • Lemon Yellow*
  • Burnt sienna*
  • Suggested magenta, turquoise, green, orange

Any acrylic colours for grounds, and if preferring acrylics, see the above guide.


Any brushes are fine- a selection of large, medium & small is recommended.

Below are some suggestions:

  • Flat or Bright stiff synthetic bristle brushes sizes, 4, 6, 8 & 12*
  • 1 of each round synthetic bristle brushes sizes 6 & 12
  • 1 cheap flat hogs hair no 16 or 18 approximately for acrylic ground application

(An approximation of these brush sizes will be suitable.)

In addition to these materials students are encouraged to bring along any special colours or brushes they already have


  • Odourless solvent 500mls* (Gamsol or Langridge Solvent 75 recommended. Artist grade odourless solvents only; please, no turpentine or common hardware solvents are permitted in the classroom).
  • Gamblin Galkyd Lite or fast dry non-toxic medium (no liquin/ liquol please)


  • 2 x a3 size oil sketch paper or 1 @ 14 x 18inch canvas board or larger if preferred*
  • 1 x 16 x 12 inch canvas board (optional, alternatively use oil sketch paper)
  • 10 x 14 inch canvas board or canvas. (or 14 x 18 or size of choice)
  • Canvas- size of choice. 16 x 20 , 20 x 24 or scale according to image composition and approach. (to be discussed in class)

Note: the experienced painter may choose a larger scale for each project. Large brushes required!


  • A3 disposable palette*
  • A small-medium palette knife*
  • 2 Small jars with lids*
  • A5 Art Journal*
  • Cotton rags and paper towels*
  • Masking tape*
  • 2 or 3 photographs for final project- to be discussed in class.

*Materials needed for the first lesson


Melanie Brown completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) in 2008 at Adelaide Central School of Art, having been awarded several scholarships and the Alumni Award. She has won awards including the Clifton’s Art Prize in 2008, the Loreto Star Portrait Prize in 2013 and the Kennedy Art Prize People’s Choice Award for 2015. Melanie has an extensive exhibition history including group shows at BMG Gallery and more recently at Praxis Artspace. Mel has significant experience lecturing in Painting and Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art in both degree and short courses! Melanie has received corporate and private commissions for her paintings both locally and overseas.



Image: Malanie Brown, “I don’t give a flying fig”, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.


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Categories:Short CoursesTerm 3 2024
Experience Level:BeginnerAdvancedIntermediate
Content Type:Still Life

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