Painting Fundamentals – Beginners to Intermediate *Virtual Studio Term 2* with Kevin McKay

Are you a beginner or looking to increase your understanding of painting essentials? This structured course will give you the skills and processes need to paint with confidence in oil and acrylic painting with reference to master painters and traditional art practice. See course schedule below.
The Virtual Studio learning experience with Kevin McKay

Kevin is present and active throughout the class session from his personal studio.  He can respond to student questions immediately with live demonstrations and advice, show relevant images or videos relating to any student’s interest or development. Class numbers are strictly limited to ensure that there is time for group criticism sessions as well as individual help. The sessions are not recorded: these are bespoke classes happening in real time and each one is designed specifically for the students that enrol and attend.

Students will need to set up a space to work from home, ideally working at an easel (desk top easel is an inexpensive option), and set up their device to record their work.
Ensure email details are provided so reference material and a zoom link can be emailed prior to the zoom session

Week 1  Objective sketching techniques. Learn a range of measuring methods to help you compose a composition accurately and in correct proportion.

Week 2  Mix an astonishing range of tones and apply with a transcription (copy) of a Morandi Painting.
Week 3 Apply this tonal palette in painting your own still life.
Week 4  Linear perspective. Unlock the mystery of vanishing points to draw and paint convincing architectural forms.
Week 5  Light and Shadow. Discover two kinds of light and shadow and the blending skills necessary to paint a sphere.
Week 6  Colour mixing. Use warm and cool primaries to mix strong secondary colours and mix opposites to make subtle tertiaries.
Week 7  Using bold colours. Apply a full colour palette in transcribing a bold work of a modern or contemporary master.
Week 8  Using subtle colours. Apply a full colour palette in transcribing a work of a modern or contemporary master that uses more subtle colours.

Week 9 Apply the magic of glazing to a tonal painting to find remarkably complex colours.

You will learn about essential painting materials and how to use them in responding accurately and creatively to the world around you. This course will equip the complete beginner, and further the skills of the continuing painter, to further their development with confidence, covering the following learning outcomes:

  • Measuring strategies to structure a composition in correct and consistent proportion
  • How to prepare a ground for painting
  • How to mix a range of tones.
  • How to apply these in a tonal still life
  • How to accurately represent the shape of objects.
  • How to use brush strokes to represent form.
  • How to apply the principles of linear perspective.
  • How to render the effect of light and shadow to enhance 3-D form
  • How to blend tones.
  • How to mix secondary and tertiary colours.
  • How to use bold colours with nous.
  • How to mix and apply nuanced colours.
  • How to glaze and colourise a tonal painting.


Visual diary, pencil, rubber eraser.PAINT  (your regular paint kit. Ideally including the following)
OIL  OR ACRYLIC – (Art Spectrum and Atelier recommended brands)
*Titanium White – Large tube
Permanent Crimson (cool red)
Napthol Red Light or Spectrum Red (warm red)
Transparent Yellow or Indian Yellow (warm yellow)
Pthalo Blue (cool blue)
Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
Veridian or Pthalo Green
*Raw Umber
*Payne’s Grey*First 5 lessons (Painting Fundamentals) only require these colours

Oil Medium – Stand Oil (heat thickened linseed oil) OR….
Acrylic medium – Clear Painting Medium (NOT “gel” or drying retarder)

Oil – Odourless solvent (Art Spectrum)   Acrylic – tap water

Paint rags, backing board A3-A2 size, masking tape, desk top easel.




Are you a beginner or looking to increase your understanding of painting  essentials? This course explores oil and acrylic painting with reference to master painters and traditional art practice. Tonal underpainting, colour theory and structuring paint layers will be explored along with the preparation of grounds and approaches to  composition.

Courses run for 9 weeks from start date. 

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

$360 for 9 weeks