Saturday Still Life/Basic Drawing

Saturday Still Life/Basic Drawing

Term 2: April 30 to July 5, 2022 (10 weeks)

9:30am to 12:30pm


The Saturday class is intended for students who wish to work on either their still life painting or who want to improve their general drawing skills. Students will work at their own pace and instruction will be tailored to each individual’s needs and interest. All levels of experience are welcome.


* Due to the current health orders in NSW, and for the comfort and safety of our students, at this time we are only open to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


    For drawing

    • A2 size cartridge paper
    • HB+2B pencil
    • Kneadable eraser


    For painting:

    • Brushes – we recommend bringing brushes in a range of shapes and sizes. We tend to use primarily hog-hair filbert brushes. We also recommend bringing a few softer brushes for softening edges. It is also useful to have a few flat brushes, as well as some small round brushes for details. A soft fan brush can also be useful for softening edges.

    *Brushes must be in good condition. In terms of brand, for the hog-hair brushes we like the Isabey Hog Series though this is not essential.


    • Board/canvas
      • (16x14 inch approx. or a bit larger – square shape is ok too)
      • Eg: gesso board, fine weave linen (Artfix, Claessens are good) – oil or acrylic primed. Canvas sheet can be taped/pinned to board if not stretched.


    • Palette Knife – Metal, not plastic
    • Wooden Palette (the studio is also able to supply palettes for use during class)
    • Paper towel
    • Rags (old T-shirts etc. are good)
    • Solvent - must be odourless and kept in a container with a lid
    • Linseed oil + small container for medium
    • Transfer paper, if you’d like to transfer a drawing to a canvas
      • If you’d like to work straight onto canvas you may like to bring willow charcoal for the initial drawing



    • White (Titanium OR Cremnitz/Lead/Flake)
    • Cad Yellow
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cad Red or Vermillion
    • Alizarin Crimson or Alizarin Claret
    • Transparent Red Oxide (and or Burnt Sienna, Venetian Red or similar earth red colour)
    • Raw Umber
    • Ultramarine Blue (and or Cobalt Blue)
    • Ivory Black

    NB: All paint colours may be useful when painting still life so other paint colours you own can be brought along.


    *I mostly use Michael Harding and Old Holland paints because they have higher levels of pigment than student quality paints. Any artist quality paints are acceptable -Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Rembrandt etc - do not buy oil paint sets.