Term 3 Portrait Painting in Oils

Term 3 Portrait Painting in Oils

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Rebecca Hastings
Wed 31 Jul – Wed 4 Sep
6.00pm – 9.00pm 
Level – Intermediate

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

This course is suitable for intermediate painters who have completed Introduction to Oil Painting Part Iand/or Part II, and have a sound understanding of colour mixing. Students will work from their own photographic reference to complete a realistic self-portrait using a limited palette and an indirect (layered) painting approach. The course includes instruction on mixing skin tones, preparation of the ground and underpainting, and building the surface through successive layers. As well as practical demonstrations and individual instruction, Rebecca will share the development of her own portrait, working at the same pace as students.


Portrait Brief

Students are encouraged to paint a self-portrait, in preference to a portrait of a friend or family member, as this reduces the pressure to create a flattering likeness. Even though a self-portrait is very personal, students tend to approach their painting with greater objectivity, and willingness to take risks. This ultimately enhances learning, and a more successful portrait.

Participants are required to bring along a selection of portrait photographs for consideration. These should clearly depict the head and shoulders and showing contrasting tonal values; a varied mix of light and shaded areas around the face. Photographs which show detail in the shadowed areas, but which are not too exposed in the lighter areas will be suitable. Blurry photographs will not be suitable.

On enrolling, students will receive a more detailed brief to assist in taking and selecting their photographs. Rebecca will provide instruction and hands-on guidance in the first class to any students who do not feel confident in taking their own photograph.



Self- Portrait Photograph

  • 1 A4 high quality colour photograph (*bring along a black and white photocopy to the first lesson)*


Oil Paint

  • Raw Umber*
  • Burnt Umber
  • Titanium White
  • Gamblin Flake White Replacement
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Red Light (or Pyrrole Red Light or Sennelier French Vermillion)
  • Yellow Ochre


  • A selection of round synthetic bristle brushes sizes 0-5
  • A range of soft and bristle brushes; Flat or Bright sizes 2 – 10*
  • At least one Filbert synthetic bristle brush in a size 4 or 6.

(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 (Langridge Low Toxic Solvent or Langridge Solvent 75 recommended)*
  • Langridge Low Toxic Underpainting Medium 100 ml
  • Langridge Low Toxic Painting Medium 100 ml



  • One A3 sheet newsprint (or other cheap paper)*
  • One 16”x 20” (40 x 50cm) stretched canvas*
  • 1 sheet A3 oil sketch/canvas paper



  • A3 disposable palette
  • A medium palette knife
  • 2 Small jars with lids*
  • A5 Art Journal*
  • Cotton rags and paper towels*
  • Glad Wrap (or equivalent cling film)
  • 3 or 4 Jar or milk bottle lids (washed)
  • 1 sheet of fine/medium sandpaper*
  • Masking tape*

* Required for first lesson



Rebecca Hastings is a mid-career artist, and Adelaide Central School of Art’s current Artist in Residence. Hastings holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) and a Master of Visual Art (Research). Awards and grants include Art SA Project grants, and a UniSA Graduate Research Travel and Research Support Scholarship enabling a research residency in Japan in 2017. Her work has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize 2015 (National Portrait Gallery, London), and a Finalist in a range of significant art prizes, including the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2021), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2012), the Sulman prize (2014 and 2015), and the Archibald prize (2014). Hastings has exhibited widely, with work held in collections nationally and internationally. Hastings is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne



Image: Rebecca Hastings, Myself as my daughter, as myself (detail) 2024, oil on polycotton, 50 x 50cm


Please read the Terms and Conditions before completing your enrolment.


Categories:Term 3 2024Short Courses
Experience Level:Intermediate
Content Type:Portraiture

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