Acrylic Art Course: Light, Form and Shadow Art

Learn about realism, tone, value and colour in this acrylic art course

Clairre Cumming

Clairre Cumming


3 x 8 hours Class size 1 to 12 label $1250 (Earlybird price of $1,200 applies if you book into a public session 21+ days ahead)

Does art call to you, like a scratch under your skin? If so, come create a beautiful artwork that will look extremely professional and you will be proud to hang up at home at this fun and relaxing Sydney workshop!

In this two-and-a-half-day course, all materials including canvas and paints will be provided as well as light supper and lunches, tea and coffee and a whole lot of good fun. This course is suitable to even complete beginners but is also great for artists looking to return to painting after a long absence and the techniques taught in this class are both easy to follow and produce amazing results.

The workshop will begin with drawing our images and exploring the basic techniques that convey a sense of light, shadow and sculptural form. Our reference pictures are of natural shapes and forms such as pebbles, feathers, petals, leaves, dewdrops, fruit, shells, etc; so that you can learn to draw and paint just about anything in a realistic form.

During the course, students will gain a wide range of skills to continue their own practice and will learn different drawing techniques, how to create textured sealed backgrounds, tone and colour mixing with a limited 12 tube palette including black and white, keeping your acrylics wet, how to layer your paints and use light and dark to create depth and richness, which is all used to capture the essence of the painting. Students will produce a range of tonal and colour swatches to develop into a large resolved artwork by the end of the workshop.

There will be regular step-by-step demonstrations on techniques such as chiaroscuro (Italian term which literally means ‘light-dark’) and layering techniques in acrylic.

Develop your skills in drawing, composition, exploring shapes and understanding perspective, learn how to use tones, how to deal with edges and how to paint convincing images all in this Sydney course and take home a gorgeous full-scale artwork at the end to prove it!

This class runs over 3 days, with the following schedule:
Friday 5.30 until 9:30pm (4 hours)
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am until 5pm (8 hours each day)

Please note: This class requires a minimum of seven students to run and if this number is not reached, your class will be cancelled or rescheduled. Your teacher will be in touch with further details if this occurs.

Knowledge Required
Suitable for both novices to more advanced artists. The way this workshop is run caters for all skills and knowledge or lack thereof.
What you'll get
- All your materials which you will take home (including a set of 12 tubes of the best quality Windsor and Newton paints, gesso, two mediums, varnish and brushes plus your large canvas).
- A heap of useful printed information and exercises, so that you can continue your journey at home.
- A choice of canvas sizes: rectangular 90 cm by 76 cm; square 90cm by 90cm or round 90cm diameter stretched canvas with D-rings attached for instant hanging when home.
- Use of an easel for workshop, aprons, rags/paper towel etc. and some paints for the 1st phase.
- An art notebook and colour swatch bookmarks.
- Paint, brushes and palette tray pack included with all varnishes, mediums and gesso’s to do your painting over the weekend and start a new one at home.
- Over 100 beautiful photo reference materials to choose from.
- Catering for morning and afternoon tea, some refreshments, light finger supper on Friday night and light lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Any special dietary needs, please let me know so we can cater for you.
- Your very own tutor for the weekend with more than 7 years’ experience in teaching and 30 years in art.
What to bring
Everything needed for your art journey will be provided! If you have any really special brushes you can't paint without, you are welcome to bring those.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 3 consecutive days.

Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


Shuffle Studios - 106/10d Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale NSW

Your teacher
Clairre Cumming
Clairre Cumming


I have been painting on and off now for over 30 years, more often now than before and am finally in a place where I can focus on getting better at what I lovf to do…I also lovf passing on my skills and have put together a workshop that has evolved from more than 10 different tutors including: John Wilson, Herman Pekel, Kathy Ellem, Jacqueline Coates, Robert Knight and Barry and Lucy McCahn. So, not only do you get me but you get the knowledge from theses tutors in a comprehensive compact workshop as well as go home with all the art materials needed to start another painting.
I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another, although my work tends to focus on landscapes, seascapes, portraits with lots of colour.
None of it is intentional - it all develops and evolves over time.
I prefer not to explain any particular piece of work - if I've made a picture and that's how I wanted it to be - hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer - it becomes the right message because there isn't a wrong and a right message. when it comes to art.
Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and I'm happy with that.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience; I do love colour and texture and although a realist at heart, I love showing the brushstrokes in each of my paintings...
I lovf to reach a level of photo realism in my work and then once having gained that level of skill; would like to step back and once again show the brushstrokes and different tones, values and hues of colour in any further work…

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