Foundational Painting: Grisaille to Glazing with Saffron Newey

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 classic and foundational painting techniques with Saffron Newey’s course “Grisaille to Glazing”.

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)


November/December 4-week Course

  • Dates: Tuesday 21, 28 November, 5, 12 December 2023
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)
  • Location: MAC Union Studio, level 1, 85 Union Street, Armadale
  • Course fee: $304 inc. GST

Saffron Newey, a renowned artist celebrated for her radiant figurative paintings, unveils the time-honoured secrets behind classical underpainting and glazing techniques. In this comprehensive course, you’ll master the art of shaping form, light, and shadow using the classic grisaille method and then progress to the use of glazing to achieve vibrant, luminous colours.

This enlightening course spans four 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 to Glazing 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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Introduction to Watercolour and Gouache Short Course with Olivia York

MAC Glenferrie Studio, Hawthorn

Students will be introduced to basic gouache and watercolour painting 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.


MAC Elgin Studio, Hawthorn

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.


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