Foundational Painting: Grisaille Portrait Techniques with Saffron Newey

Foundational Painting: Grisaille Portrait Techniques with Saffron Newey

30th January - 27th February 2024 (5 sessions)
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Union Studio

How did some of the greatest artists of all time begin a painting? Contemporary painter Saffron Newey will lead you though the fundamentals of Grisaille, and demonstrate how artists such as Da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer and Rembrandt created such memorable work. A great course for beginners and those that are wanting to improve their painting.


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Learn foundational portrait and under-painting techniques with Saffron Newey.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Art students aged 15 – 17 may be able to attend, please contact to discuss suitability)


January / February-week Course

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 30 January – 27 February 2024 (5 sessions)
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)
  • Location: MAC Union Studio, level 1, 85 Union Street, Armadale
  • Course fee: $380 inc. GST

Saffron Newey, a renowned artist celebrated for her radiant figurative paintings, unveils the time-honoured secrets behind classical underpainting for portraiture  techniques. In this comprehensive course, you’ll master the art of shaping form, light, and shadow using the classic grisaille method specifically when applied to portrait painting.

This enlightening course spans five Tuesday nights in our inspiring Armadale studio. Whether you’re an aspiring beginner or an experienced artist, you’re welcome to join us.

These foundational painting techniques have left an indelible mark on the art world for centuries. ‘Foundational Painting: Grisaille Portrait Techniques with Saffron Newey’ offers a unique opportunity to elevate your painting skills to new heights, following in the footsteps of the great masters.

To ensure a personalised and one-on-one learning experience, class sizes are limited.

If you’re eager to further explore your painting journey, consider enrolling in our upcoming ‘Intro to Painting Short Course’ with David Hamilton.

Saffron Newey, who currently serves as a lecturer for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at RMIT University, holds a Ph.D. in Fine Art and has 25 years of experience as a tutor and art educator. Learn more about Saffron by visiting Jan Manton Gallery or by visiting her website.

Images: Swan glazed, Swan in grisaille, Instructor Saffron Newey

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