Winter School – Expressive Portrait Painting: People & Animals (3 days)

Winter School – Expressive Portrait Painting: People & Animals (3 days)

$385.00 inc. GST

2023 Winter School

Lecturer: Daniel Connell

Mon 10 Jul – Wed 12 Jul  9.30am – 4.30pm

Level – Beginners to Intermediate

In this course, participants will explore portraiture, of people or animals, from a non-realist tradition in which character and feeling come to the fore. Participants will work ‘Alla-Prima’ (in one sitting) during the first morning session, 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.

Materials required:
Acrylic paints: suggested colours are warm and cool red, warm and cool blue, yellow, orange, turquoise, magenta, green, white and black (student quality is recommended).
5 sticks willow charcoal medium, 1 graphite pencil HB, 1 charcoal pencil medium (optional), white plastic eraser, 30cm ruler (optional), and masking tape. Container for water, palette, rag.
Brushes: Sizes 4, 8 & 12 good quality acrylic or oil painting brushes. And a 3 inch brush.
Supports: 5 sheets of A1 or A2 Oil Sketch paper and/or canvas.
You will need access to a camera/phone/printer to create source images.
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.

For all your material needs and advice, Central Artist Supplies is located next to our Administration Office at 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am-4.00pm, Saturdays 9.00am-12.30pm (9.00am-2.00pm when short courses are running). Phone 08 8271 6912. Email


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 Lester Prize, 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.

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