Before you start your art classes with us, you will need to purchase your own kit and prepare some reference material for what you would like to paint. Below are links to lists of materials for your chosen medium. If you have any further questions just give Mel a call on 0450 422 545.
We are a BYO materials studio so you will need to know what medium (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Charcoal) you would like to work in and what to get from your local art supplies shop. Most students end up trying everything at some stage as each medium is unique. Listed below are the mediums we recommend for each genre – keep in mind this is a general guide. If you have limited space to work at home then we recommend watercolours or charcoal. Abstracts – Acrylics Contemporary Textured Art (Mixed Media) – Acrylics Pop Art Portraits – Acrylics Traditionl Landscapes – Oils or Acrylics Traditional Portraits – Oils or Charcoal Traditional Still Life – Oils or Charcoal Floral – Watercolour LIST FOR ACRYLICS LIST FOR OILS LIST FOR WATERCOLOURS LIST FOR CHARCOAL DRAWING _______________________________________________________________________________________________
REFERENCE MATERIAL What you want to paint or draw. Please make sure that you bring PRINTED reference material (no cellphone images as these are too small – iPads/tablets are a-ok for additional painting reference but not as an alternative to printed material). PAINTING: You will need to consult the oracle Google or Pinterest: Samples of other artists’ styles that appeal to you – do you like hyper-realism or are you more of an impressionist? This gives your tutor an idea of where you want to take your painting. Photographs of your subject matter – Make sure you look for high resolution images so that when you print your images they don’t end up all pixelated. You can also find reference pictures in books, magazines, calendars or use your own photography. DRAWING: High resolution A4 printed Black & White images (please make sure your subject’s face fills most of the area of an A4 page) any smaller and this is impossible to work with. Make sure the images are clear. It is best to bring several options. The best subject matter is generally portraits of people or pets and still life images. A helpful search term for google is ‘Black and white portrait photography high resolution’ – Google’s Image search bar allows for more ‘search tools’ where you can narrow down your search with specifics such as ‘photograph’ & ”high resolution’.