Painting the Figure & Portrait, Oil Painting with Chelsea Lehmann (Feb 17&18 2024 )


Date Saturday & Sunday 17-18 February 2024
Time 10am – 4pm each day
12 hours (6 hours each day)
Location CAW, Studio B
Address 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Class size 12 (13 including tutor and 14 including model)
Price $352.00 (including GST): CAW Member | ASOC Coupon 

$440.00 (including GST): Non-Member

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Join Chelsea Lehmann as she leads you through a practical exploration of oil painting techniques specifically geared towards capturing the human figure and portrait. In this course, you will have the opportunity to paint from a life model and witness demonstrations of various methods and materials. These demonstrations will cover topics such as using coloured grounds, creating tonal underpaintings, organising your palette, selecting brushes, colour mixing, and establishing form and compositional structure.

The course is designed to cater to the individual needs of each student, with a strong emphasis on developing the foundational skills required for painting the human figure. On the first day, you will engage in preparation activities and colour mixing exercises, followed by the creation of two small figure painting studies. In the afternoon, you will commence working on a larger painting. On the second day, you will continue your figure painting, aiming to achieve a sense of resolution and completion.

Materials list

This course requires oil paint (where possible artist quality is preferred), with a minimum range of colours as follows:


  • Alizarin Crimson (or a similar cool red- eg. Permanent Rose or Magenta)

  • Vermillion or Cadmium Red Light (or a similar warm red)

  • Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light (or a similar cool yellow)

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium or Cadmium Yellow Deep (or a similar warm yellow)

  • Phthalo Blue (this is the best cool blue pigment)

  • Ultramarine Blue (this is the best warm blue pigment)

  • Burnt Umber

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Titanium White

  • Ivory Black

Other Recommended oil colours: Phthalo or Viridian Green, Terre Verte (Green), Cobalt Blue, Indian Yellow.

MEDIUMS: Odourless Solvent (500 ml), Linseed Oil, Winsor & Newton Liquin – small bottle (to speed the drying time of oil paint)

BRUSHES: A range of Synthetic flat and filbert brushes (Nylon or Taklon) in a range of sizes such as #2, #6, #10 are ideal. Good quality hogs hair bristle flats and filberts ranging between 5mm & 5cm are ideal. 1 x 5cm cheap gesso brush.

MISCELLANEOUS: NOTEBOOK/JOURNAL, GESSO, flat palette, PALETTE KNIFE (metal with small neck-not plastic), glass jars with lids, rags, disposable gloves for skin protection, apron, MASKING TAPE, graphite pencil, Willow charcoal, eraser, rags, baby oil / baby wipes for clean-up are useful.

SUGGESTED SUPPORTS: A range of A3 oil sketch paper or primed heavy craft paper, canvas board, or primed canvas- 16 x 20” (40 x 50cm) is an appropriate size or thereabouts.

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.


Oil paint


Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

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