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Painting for Beginners – Term 1 & 2


This class is an introduction to the basic techniques and materials for oil painting (you are welcome to work in acrylics if you prefer), including colour theory, paint properties, colour mixing, and oil medium. Each session builds on the previous one and all exercises are designed to provide students with hands on understanding of the four elements that produce a strong painting (edges, values, shapes and colours). A materials list will be provided upon registration.

WHEN: Thursdays, 30 April – 21 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: Visual Arts Studio
COST: Full $195 / Concession $160 (4 sessions)

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Program information:

Week 1: Introduction to materials, value study in black and white

Week 2: Still life (from photograph) using complementary colours

Week 3: Introduction to portrait painting with limited palette

Week 4: Landscape painting


Ben Howe is an internationally recognised artist specialising in hyperrealist and surrealist painting. Over the course of nearly two decades, he has explored the nature of consciousness, personal history and the incongruities of memory through his artwork, which has taken him to England, Germany, China and the USA.

Contributing much to the underground art scene, Ben has organised and curated a number of exhibitions and events in Melbourne, Sydney and Hamburg.

He holds a Masters of fine art with distinction from RMIT and is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, international residencies and fellowships.

Ben is known for his quasi scientific aesthetic that is at once hyper-realistic yet reductive. His at times stark and lonely works are often derived from preliminary explorations in other media such as sculpture, photography and film; his process distorting the boundaries of the real and the perceived.

Presented as part of FCAC’s Arts Learning program.

1- Image by Simon de Lacy-Leacey. 

Date & Times

Thursdays, 30 April – 21 May,
6.30pm – 8.30pm


FCAC Visual Arts Studio


Full $195
Concession $160

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