Portraiture Masterclass with Graeme Drendel

Level: Intermediate/Advanced; some painting experience desirable.

If you are interest in attending our next Portraiture Masterclass please register your interest through our Waiting List below.

4 week Masterclass

  • Dates: TBC
  • Time: TBC
  • Location: MAC Hawthorn Studio, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
  • Cost: TBC

Join us for this unique opportunity to observe and paint alongside one of Australia’s great, award-winning artists – Graeme Drendel.

Graeme Drendel, Portrait of Michel 2018, oil on prepared paper, 37.5 x 34 cm, Source: Art Gallery NSW

Graeme is represented by Australian Galleries where he has had seventeen solo exhibitions since 1990. His work is held in the collections of Artbank, Newcastle Regional Gallery and the Bundanon Trust. Graeme is a finalist in the 2017 Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize and in the 2018 Archibald Prize.

For the duration of the course, you will paint a portrait of one of our life models. This course is best for artists with some experience in painting and drawing. Classes will be restricted to about ten places to ensure one-on-one tuition.


Enrolment details

Dates: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: MAC Hawthorn Studio, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Materials: Please bring your own canvas or board to paint on, with a minimum 40 cm length on one side. Basic materials are provided but bring any materials that you would like to work with.
Cost: TBC

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Student feedback

“Graeme is an excellent teacher. Encouraging, positive and very experienced. His attitude of ‘it’ll be OK in the end’ spoke volumes about his confidence and experience of life more broadly. His relaxed attitude to mixing colour – primary colours principally, along with a minimal supporting range of white, burnt umber etc. and very cautious use of black was a relief and revelation to me!

Graeme opened our eyes to a wide range of portraitist painters with a new range of books each week. His practical demonstrations of painting were enlightening but not overdone. It was our job to experiment and practice and that’s as it should be. A great painting course.

The two models were excellent. The familiarity of painting both over the four weeks gave some ‘retained experience/familiarity’ which may have been helpful as I grappled with mixing and applying colour. Graeme gave some some insight to the many possibilities. Enlightening for me.” – Ian, 2019

“It was a very enjoyable course. Graeme is a very positive teacher whilst gently suggesting ways you can improve the painting. His talent, knowledge and expertise is inspiring. He is also very friendly and encouraging. The studio is fabulous – light-filled.

The two models were very good. Graeme also brought in books on artists and suggested painters and painting styles. He did a demonstration and spoke about drawing, colour mixing etc. I found this very useful. I brought my own materials, but thought it was good that paints and brushes were readily available.” – Monica, 2019

“Graeme was relaxed, informative and helpful. Content was great. Having the live models was great… and indeed, was essential.” – Peter, 2019

“I highly recommend classes with Graeme – 10/10. I painted with oils for the first time ever. Love learning new skills. Graeme is able to create relaxed work environment. He is an excellent instructor, not afraid to address problems as well as solutions. Material supply was good. We all learned something new. Thank you All.” – Zdenka, 2018

“The master class  with Graeme Drendel was excellent. I really enjoyed Graeme’s warmth, skills and generous sharing of his knowledge oil painting and personal painting process.” – Libby, 2018