Course Summary

This course provides an introduction to a range of painting styles, methods and techniques. Fun and challenging exercises will encourage students to develop their skills and personal style. Covers colour mixing & application, tone, composition, still life, abstract and expressionist painting.

Course Sessions

Wednesday, 5th June - 4 classes

Session ID HXA26402C
5 Jun - 26 Jun 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$359 / $341 (conc)
Heidi Knoepfli

Lesson 1
Overview of painting equipment and materials- paints, surfaces, mediums, palettes
Drawing with paint-black and white tonal painting with acrylics

Lesson 2
Colour theory
Painting preparation
Colour palette mixing
Colour still life painting in oils or acrylic

Lesson 3
Qualities of paint, surfaces and mediums
Historical overview of painters and techniques
Painting on board on dark ground
Stretcher and canvas construction, sizing and priming

Lesson 4
Painting into the future
Still life painting on pre-primed canvas
Glazes and dried paint
Glazing exercise with painting from lesson 2

The course will include practical in-class exercises, demonstrations, individual & group tutoring and group discussion.

Students will be introduced to some key concepts involved in understanding and making paintings through a series of observational and abstract painting exercises and projects. Students will learn to how to paint using a variety to techniques and materials to incorporate key elements of colour, tone and composition. Students will begin to develop their own personal approach to painting.

Your Teacher
Heidi Knoepfli s an experienced visual artist and has been teaching art for well over 30 years in Melbourne and England. 
Heidi holds a Graduate Diploma of Education form Melbourne University a Bachelor of Art from Monash University and a Masters of Fine Art from RMIT Melbourne. 
Heidi has a diverse and on going art practice in St Kilda encompassing painting drawing installation and performative art.
In addition she has exhibited widely with over 70 exhibition to her credit winning several art prizes and artist in residencies. 
Heidi has been published in severals journals etc and is collected here and in Switzerland Holland Germany South Africa + the UK.

Please bring to your first class the following materials:


PAINT (oil OR acrylic)

– 1 tube of titanium white

– 1 tube of lamp or oxide black



– 1 hogs hair brush large (approx 1.5cm brush width ‘Filbert’ shape flat with rounded end)

– 1 synthetic/acrylic brush small (approx .5cm with ’round’ shape long with end that forms a point when wet)



1 readymade canvas no smaller than 30 x 30 cm or 1 pad of acrylic/oil sketch paper



– 1 palette knife for mixing

– 1 palette with large flat area: wooden palette or disposable palette pad or a ceramic plate from home will do

– if using oils 1 small bottle of refined linseed oil and 1 small bottle of artists turpentine (solvent)

– 2 plastic jars or similar size containers (with lids)

Further materials requirements will be discussed in the first session. It is expected that materials are likely to cost approx $100 total, depending on how much you may already own.

Students can choose to use oil OR acrylic paints, it is not necessary to purchase both.

Notification of a class cancellation will be advised 48 hours prior to the course commencement date. We advise to purchase your materials once you have received email confirmation that your class is proceeding as scheduled. All efforts are made to ensure that our classes proceed to avoid disappointment.

Last updated: April 23, 2024 04:30pm