Term 3 Expressive Portrait Painting

Term 3 Expressive Portrait Painting

$365.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Dr Daniel Connell
Mon 29 Jul – Mon 2 Sep
6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Level – Beginner to Advanced


Expressive portrait painting allows participants to explore portraiture from a non-realist tradition in which character and feeling come to the fore. Participants will work ‘Alla-Prima’ (in one sitting) and then work on individual projects from source photos to create a single or multiple resolved work. Participants will be encouraged to work on large supports, to research artists, and experiment with various painting techniques and media. Learning will cover painting and material techniques, the structure of the face, the nature and ethics of portraiture and representation, considerations of paintings, composition and taking source photographs.


Required Materials:

Acrylic Paint (student quality is recommended)

Suggested colours are:

  • warm and cool red
  • warm and cool blue
  • yellow
  • orange
  • turquoise
  • magenta
  • green
  • white
  • black


  • 5 sticks willow charcoal medium
  • 1 graphite pencil HB
  • 1 charcoal pencil medium (optional)
  • white plastic eraser
  • 30cm ruler (optional)
  • masking tape
  • Container for water
  • palette
  • rag



  • Sizes 4, 8 & 12 and 3 inch.
  • Any brushes are fine, but recommended Oil painting style stiff bristle – ‘bright’ shape brushes are very versatile.


  • Bring 2 sheets of A2 or larger Oil Sketch paper
  • Other supports will be discussed in the first week according to individual student projects (Supports can be stretched or un-stretched canvas, canvas board, MDF, and Marine-ply).

(*Approximate cost $200.00)

You will need access to a camera/phone/printer to create source images outside of class time. This will be discussed in week 1.

Additional Materials:

  • Oil paints can be used in addition and on top of acrylics. Suggested colours are: cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow light, ultramarine blue,titanium white, lamp black. Earth colours can also be included: yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt siena or colours similar of your choice.



Daniel Connell was awarded a PhD from the University of South Australia in 2020. His research explores portraiture as a socially engaged practice. His work has been selected for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize and the Kochi Muziris Biennale of Contemporary Art in India. He has worked on public art projects both nationally and in Birmingham, Vancouver and throughout India. Daniel has delivered a TEDX talk ‘How art teaches you to approach the unfamiliar” in Ubud in May 2018.



TEDX: youtube.com/watch


Images: Daniel Connell, courtesy of the artist.


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

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