Techniques of the Old Masters

Techniques of the Old Masters

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Melainie Brown
Sat 4 May – Sat 15 Jun (excluding 8 Jun)
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Level – Intermediate


In the tradition of atelier painting, this course explores the materials and painting techniques of Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Caravaggio. Working from a selection of images of Old Master paintings, students will recreate a copy painting applying indirect painting processes including drawing up proportionally, tonal underpainting, skin tone palettes, chiaroscuro, sfumato and glazing techniques.

The course involves practical demonstrations as well as individual instruction and a critique of each person’s work. Learn to master the classical techniques and principles of portraiture or still life passed down through the centuries. Suitable for all who want to broaden their skill set, refresh fundamentals, or just try out painting in the style of the Old Masters!


Materials required:

Oil paints:

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black*
  • Burnt Sienna*
  • Burnt Umber*
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Pthalo Blue.


Acrylic paint:

  • Burnt Sienna*.



  • Synthetic filbert nos 1*, 2*, 3* & 4*.
  • Flat hog hair brushes nos 6* & 8*.



  • Low-Toxic Mediums (details of approved mediums to come)
  • A product for cleaning brushes such as Chroma Incredible Brush Cleaner*.



  • 1 20”x24” stretched canvas*.
  • A3 disposable palette*, palette knife*, 1 stick willow charcoal*, paper towels*, Glad Wrap (or equivalent cling film), 2 small glass jars with lids*, soft t-shirt or cotton rags*.

*Asterisk indicates the materials that will be required for the first class.


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 in addition to lecturing at Adelaide Central School of Art. Melanie has received corporate and private commissions for her paintings both locally and overseas.



Please read the Terms and Conditions before completing your enrolment.

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

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