Oil Painting Techniques: Fabric & Drapery

Oil Painting Techniques: Fabric & Drapery

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Jess Mara
Wed 1 May – Wed 5 Jun  
6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Level – Intermediate

Prior knowledge of working in oils is required for this course.

Are you ready to elevate your skills in oil painting? Throughout history, artists have been captivated by the illusion of tactile folds of fabric and drapery in painting.

This course is for participants who wish to gain knowledge and experience in painting fabric and drapery.

The course begins by looking at historical and contemporary examples to both inform and inspire. This is followed by a series of short technical exercises which focus on form, value and colour transitions to depict realist observations in oils. Participants will complete the course with a refined painting that they will develop in layers over a four week period.

Note- Participants can choose to compose their own source photo to work from (with a fabric focus) for weeks 3-6.


Materials required

Oil paints:

  • Ivory black*
  • Titanium White*
  • Pyrrole Red (or Cadmium red)
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow (or equivalent)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber


Painting medium:

  • Refined Linseed Oil*


Brush cleaner:

  • Chroma Incredible Brush Cleaner or Odorless solvent e.g., Langdridge Odorless Solvent.*

Note- Turpentine is not permitted.



  • 3 pieces of A4 oil sketch/ canvas paper*
  • 1 primed stretched canvas approx. 30 x 40 cm. This will be discussed  in Week 1


  • disposable pallet*
  • measuring stick- dowel*
  • 2 pieces of willow charcoal (thin)*
  • 1 small jar with lid*
  • 1 medium jar with lid*
  • cotton rag*


  • 1 x Neef filbert hog brush no.8*
  • 1 x Neef filbert Bagerlon no.4*
  • 1 x Neef round Bagerlon or taklon no. 2.*

Note the scale of brushes do vary depending on brands. Sizes are an approximate guide only.


*For Week 1 please bring: 2 sheets A4 oil sketch/ canvas paper, brushes, jars, Refined Linseed Oil, brush cleaner, measuring stick, disposable pallet, cotton rag, Titanium White and Ivory black oil paint, willow charcoal (thin).


Jess Mara is an Adelaide based painter. She received her Bachelor of Visual Art (honours) in 2006 from Adelaide Central School of Art and has been actively exhibiting since. Selected solo exhibitions including Bundle, (Praxis ART Space 2021), These Four Walls, (Floating Goose Studios Inc 2018) and Some Place Near, (Hill Smith Gallery, 2013). Jess has been a finalist in numerous competitions/awards notably, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award at Bega Valley Regional Gallery in 2018. She was the Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Kennedy Art Prize for her painting Embrace (Self Portrait with son).
Jess has been lecturing in the BVA and Short Course Programs at Adelaide Central School of Art since 2011. She teaches in both the drawing and painting departments. She has also presented workshops for VAESA (Visual Arts Educators in South Australia) and completed a residency/ hosted workshops in Schools.


Image: courtesy of Jess Mara


Please read the Terms and Conditions before completing your enrolment.


Categories:Term 2 2024Short Courses
Experience Level:Intermediate
Content Type:Still Life

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