Date 18–19 September 2021, Saturday and Sunday
Time 10.00am–4.00pm both days
Location M16 Artspace, Studio B
Address 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Class size 10 students per class
Price Members $295 | Non-members $370

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Models, maquettes and dioramas have been used for centuries to assist in constructing compositions and building narrative in artworks. Painting from Models is a project that extends your skills in both observational and conceptual painting by referencing a real or imagined 3D world. You will make a model using simple materials (recycled or made specifically for the model), develop some preliminary sketches of the model and complete one painting of any scale working from the model as inspiration.

The model can be thought of as a hypothetical realm in which a change in scale and materiality creates many aesthetic possibilities. How can a model re-present the world? How can the model operate as a subject for painting?

This fee includes a 1-hour Zoom session with the tutor in advance of the workshop to help participants prepare date to be advised)

Additional information


All materials supplied in the course cost.

Participants may wish to print their own images as source material.

Wear old clothes or aprons.

Materials list

Art journal, graphite pencil, and eraser for sketches. Materials for making a simple model/diorama/maquette (could be made prior to the class or quickly put together on the first day). You might start with a shoebox or just put your model together on a table-top.


Oil or acrylic paint, however, emphasis will be placed on skill development in oil painting. Winsor & Newton or Art Spectrum are suggested artist quality brands. (Artist quality is preferred, but student quality is acceptable.)


  1. Alizarin Crimson  (or a similar cool red)
  2. Cadmium Red Light (or a similar warm red)
  3. Cadmium Yellow Deep (or a similar warm yellow)
  4. Lemon Yellow (or a similar cool yellow)
  5. Phthalo Blue (this is the best cool blue pigment to get)
  6. Ultramarine Blue (this is the best warm blue pigment to get)
  7. Burnt Umber
  8. Yellow Ochre
  9. Burnt Sienna
  10. Titanium White.

Odourless Solvent (500 ml)

Lean Odourless Painting Medium (100 ml—)  any brand

Fat Odourless Painting Medium (100 ml) — any brand


Winsor & Newton Liquin, small bottle

*For acrylic painting you can use a medium such as Flow or Binder medium, or just water


Paintbrush pack with a selection of shapes and sizes, eg:

Cheap hog bristle flats, rounds, and filberts ranging between 5mm & 5cm are ideal.

Also useful:

Synthetic flat brushes (Nylon or Taklon) in a range of sizes such as #2, #6, #10.

Synthetic pointed brushes such as #1, #3.

1 x stretched canvas/linen, canvas board, board etc. of any scale you think appropriate.


If using oils, acrylic paint may be used for preparing grounds and laying in tonal underpainting
Flat palette, palette knife, glass jars with lids, rags, disposable gloves for skin protection, apron, masking tape, HB pencil, eraser, sandpaper (fine grade e.g. 240)

About the tutor

Chelsea Lehmann has exhibited extensively in Australia for the past two decades, and has been the recipient of several awards, grants, and local and international residencies. Her most recent exhibitions include Persona (Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney, 2020), June (MARS Gallery, Melbourne, 2019), Bad Mannerism (Galerie pompom, Sydney, 2018), and The Articulate Surface (UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2018). She is a Lecturer in Drawing at the National Art School and completed a PhD at UNSW Art & Design in 2019.

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Cancellation / refund policy

If you find you are no longer able to attend:

  • Please advise ASAP so we can notify the next in line.
  • Please include your name and the name of the workshop/event.
  • Refunds will be given at CAW’s discretion, if:
    • The participant withdraws from the event or workshop at least 14 days prior to commencement.
    • The place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
    • The workshop is cancelled by CAW.