Foundational Painting: Grisaille Portrait Techniques with Saffron Newey

16 July - 13 August, 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 through 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)


5 Week Course

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 16 July – 13 August, 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 next Intro to Painting Short Course.

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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Drawing Bootcamp learn to draw

Saturday 29th June, 2024
9:30 am – 4:00 pm - Union Studio

Be introduced to some of the most powerful drawing techniques you will ever use. With a focus on the perception of a three-dimensional world this intensive is designed to re-train your brain to see. Founder and Director of Melbourne Art Class, Marco Corsini will draw on his extensive experience of working with beginner artists to set the foundation for a new way of seeing and drawing from life. You will explore fundamental techniques and tools and refine your drawing skills with this extremely experienced tutor.


MAC Union Studio, Armadale

Wednesday morning long pose, some short pose and occasional costumed Life Drawing for artists at our Union St, Armadale Studio.


Take a deep dive into the landscape and the classical techniques used by contemporary painter Sam Leach. He 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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Saturday morning 9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Union Studio

20 July - 14 September 2024 (9 sessions)

Our studio-based art class for Adults & an opportunity to develop your contemporary painting practice in this class with Sam Leach. In 2010, Leach famously won both Wynne and Archibald Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His work has been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally.


Courtesy of Samara Adamson-Pinczewski and Charles Nodrum Gallery

MAC Elgin Studio, Hawthorn
16 July - 13 August 2024

Melbourne Art Class welcomes leading Australian contemporary abstract artist Samara Adamson-Pinczewski to conduct an introductory course solely dedicated to abstract art practice. This course introduces the key elements and techniques of abstraction and will help beginner students, and artists who would like to revisit the fundamentals.


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Even if you have never picked up a pencil or a paintbrush before, our Introductory Foundation Art Courses are designed to guide beginner learners through the fundamentals of drawing and painting through quality art education.

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Sam Leach polar bear with optimised bananas 2022 51cmx51cm oil on linen

20 July - 17 August, 2024 (5 sessions)
Saturdays, 1:30pm - 4:00pm - Union Studio

This course is designed for people who are looking to learn the fundamentals of painting. Perfect for beginners or those looking for a refresher on painting fundamentals.


Watercolour and Gouache Illustration Short Course with Olivia York

22 August - 12 September, 2024  (4 sessions)

Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm - Glenferrie Studio

Students will be introduced to basic gouache and watercolour illustration techniques including colour mixing, laying washes, colour glazing and lifting out, to set the foundation for watercolour painting. Olivia will also discuss the basic materials and equipment of watercolour such as a selection of basic colours in pans or tubes, brushes, watercolour papers, palettes and accessories.


18 July - 15 August, 2024  (5 sessions)  Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm - Glenferrie Studio

This is an introduction to watercolour and gouache short course taught by Olivia York, a Melbourne-based artist and illustrator who specialises in watercolour illustration. Olivia will introduce students to key foundational techniques for using gouache and watercolour media. Olivia will offer personalised assistance informed by the participants individual illustration goals.


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