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Painting for Beginners


Whether you are a beginner or an artist looking to strengthen your skills, our Painting for Beginners masterclass series is a unique opportunity to learn the crucial skills to set your work apart. This class led by highly acclaimed artist Ben Howe, is an introduction to the basic techniques and materials for oil painting, 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). Refine your skills and unleash your creative expression.  

WHEN: Wednesdays, 28 October – 18 November, 6.30pm–8pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
$100 (4 sessions)
MATERIAL: Students are responsible for sourcing their own materials. See list of required materials, here.


FCAC is seriously invested in supporting our community during this difficult time which is why all workshop fees have been heavily reduced for online delivery.

Important information for workshop attendees:

  • You will receive an email with workshop information including a basic materials list and the link to our Zoom session, 1 week ahead of the class date. If required, all materials will be basic stationary/supermarket items and materials commonly found around the house.
  • You will also need access to a computer device or tablet with internet connection and ‘https://zoom.us/’ downloaded (free), prior to the session.

View our terms and conditions here.

About the Teaching Artist


Ben Howe is an internationally recognised artist specialising in hyperrealist and surrealist painting. Over more than 20 years of professional practice, he has mastered many of the theories and techniques of image making.  He often explores ideas surrounding the nature of consciousness, personal history and the incongruities of memory through his artwork.  

Ben holds a Masters of fine art with distinction from RMIT and is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, international residencies and fellowships.  His work has been exhibited in Australia, Germany, USA and China and has been featured in more than 50 group shows. Ben is also a highly experienced art educator. 

Presented as part of FCAC’s Creative Workshops Program.

1- Photograph by Jackie Dixon. 

Date & Times

Wednesdays, 28 October – 18 November, 6.30pm–8pm 


Online via Zoom


$100 (4 sessions)

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