Chris Vidal, painting teacher

Chris Vidal
Vidal Arts

Vidal Arts

Traditional Drawing and Oil Painting

4.9 (23)

Chris is an artist who lives and works in Sydney, Australia. At the age of six, Chris developed an interest in drawing and at the age of 13, he attended the School of Arts at Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta, Malta. For three years he studied classical drawing and sculpture in an Atelier.

Vidal's style of work was developed through years of experience in drawing and painting. He considers himself as a contemporary realist with his preferred subject being the landscape. Studying classical arts mainly drawing from life helped him to develop drawing skills and a keen eye for detail. During his studies, he was influenced by the works of the great masters especially by the works of Caravaggio. He is also influenced by the American landscape painters of the Hudson River School and by the Australian impressionists of the Heidelberg movement.

Chris is also a tutor and teaches drawing and painting to adults at various locations around Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains. He emphasises the importance of drawing as the foundation onto which you can build up a solid skill in painting as you progress.

As part of his teaching methods he uses a combination of approaches based upon the classical art school curriculum starting from drawing from lithographs and other images, still life drawing and painting, portrait and figurative as well as landscape painting. The student will progress from one stage to the next upon successful completion of the initial stage. The teacher chooses various topics and subjects of increasing difficulty and complexity helping you to build up skill as you go along. ONLY advanced students will be allowed to choose their own subjects. The teacher will guide the student while working.

Ultimately the aim of the teaching classes is to guide you and help you develop a skill in a way that you will be able to draw and paint without any assistance and to also be your own critique.






Classes


Oil Painting Class - the Blue Mountains

date_range Sun 11 Sep, 10am

location_on Stanmore

1 to 8

label $130

5.0 (1)

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Night Scene

date_range Sun 14 Aug, 10am

location_on Stanmore

1 to 8

label $130

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves

date_range Contact for details

location_on Stanmore

1 to 6

label $130

5.0 (6)

Oil Painting Class - Painting a Waterfall

date_range Contact for details

location_on Stanmore

1 to 8

label $130

5.0 (3)

Beginner's Oil Painting Class: the Cradle Mountain

date_range Contact for details

location_on Stanmore

1 to 8

label $130

5.0 (4)

Full Day Painting Class: Water Reflections in Oils

date_range Contact for details

location_on Parramatta

1 to 4

label $115

4.7 (3)

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Sand Dunes and Ocean

date_range Contact for details

location_on Parramatta

1 to 2

label $110

4.7 (3)

Landscape Painting Class

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

1 to 10

label $125 - $210

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Sydney Harbour

date_range Contact for details

location_on Parramatta

1 to 6

label $100

Mastering and Mixing Colour

date_range Contact for details

location_on Parramatta

1 to 10

label $95

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Coastal Scenery

date_range Contact for details

location_on Parramatta

1 to 5

label $115

Painting Sunsets in Oils

date_range Sun 25 Sep, 10am

location_on Hazelbrook

1 to 8

label $130

5.0 (2)

Full Day Oil Painting Class: Painting Waves

date_range Contact for details

location_on Glenbrook

1 to 8

label $120

5.0 (1)



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Reviews

(23)



Ellen Alexander Jun 2022

Oil Painting Class - Painting a Waterfall



Second workshop I’ve done with Chris, he is a fantastic teacher and very attentive. A great relaxing way to spend a weekend…I highly recommend :)


Clair Castle Jun 2022

Oil Painting Class - the Blue Mountains



My first class. I had a great day and a great, informative teacher. Thank you Chris

Painting workshop review by Clair Castle


Ellen Alexander Apr 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves



A great workshop with excellent guidance from Chris. The pacing was good and it was a really enjoyable way to spend a Sunday :)


Lauren Paterson Apr 2022

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves



This was my first oil painting class and I was so happy with the result. I can’t wait for the next class! Chris was amazing, and really brought the best out of everyone. Great venue too. Thank you Chris and #classbento !


Sharon Lambert Apr 2022

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves



Excellent teaching, Chris was very patient and encouraging and gave everyone individual attention and coaching which I really appreciated. The materials were all great valve for money. The room was a bit hot and stuffy but fans helped Will def be back to do another one!


Susan Kearns Apr 2022

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves



Chris is very interactive with his students and is able to take into account the different levels of abilities. He puts a bit of effort into describing how to mix the colours and what the effects would be from light to dark.

Painting workshop review by Susan Kearns Sydney


Emanuela Carniato Apr 2022

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves



Chris Vidal is a incredibly Talented Artist. His teaching are the best I have experienced in 20 years. Step by step . Colour theory. A amazing finished oil painting at the end. Highly recommend Chris you will want to go time and time again.


Jenny Goldberg Apr 2021

Full Day Painting Class: Water Reflections in Oils



Chris is amazing this was our 2nd class and as with the last one enjoyed it very much. It is very detailed and everything is supplied so good value for the money. Thanks Chris see u next time. Regards Jenny and Michael


Fiona Roberts Feb 2021

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Sand Dunes and Ocean



The facilities were excellent, the materials provided were excellent and the teacher was better than excellent. I learned so so much. I will definitely be doing more of his classes


Kip Frame Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Beginner's Oil Painting Class: the Cradle Mountain



Great introduction to working with oil paints and painting techniques. Great class size. Interesting landscape


Kate Uren Dec 2020

Full Day Oil Painting Class: Painting Waves



Very supportive & informed instructor who was very approachable. Great amount of content in a well paced session.


Joanne Chang Nov 2020

Full Day Painting Class: Water Reflections in Oils



Chris was a fantastic teacher. It was my first time doing oil painting and Chris was a patient and knowledgeable teacher.


Judith Clayton Oct 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Sand Dunes and Ocean



Another great workshop with Chris! Great teacher who is very generous with his time as well as materials supplied. Location convenient to get to, well lit and comfortable!


Lavenya Rajendra Oct 2020

Full-day Oil Painting Class: Sand Dunes and Ocean



My partner and I took a class with Chris to try oil painting for the first time. Chris was a great instructor - patient, thorough and knowledgeable. He gave everyone one on one support with their paintings and paced the class well so we didn’t feel rushed. We had a great time. Highly recommend.


Julie Curran Sep 2020

Painting Sunsets in Oils



The teacher ,Chris, was very informative and a very nice person. I did learn a lot for my first class and i feel now I can paint a portrait on my own. The venue was in a great location and everything was provided. Chris's teaching technics are easy to follow. I had a great time.

Painting Sunsets in Oils review by Julie Curran Sydney


Emanuela Carniato Jul 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Beginner's Oil Painting Class: the Cradle Mountain



I really thought Chris was the best art teacher I have had. He was so knowledgeable and skilled .


Judith Clayton Jul 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Beginner's Oil Painting Class: the Cradle Mountain



Loved the class and really appreciated the time spent with each student. The materials supplied were excellent, the facilities good and I learnt so much about mixing colours, layering and applying the paint. I will look out for another of Chris' classes.


Almas Wahab Nov 2019

Full Day Oil Painting Class - Painting Waves



Really good class one of the best I’ve been to. Very good explanations and demonstration and very patient instructor :)


Patrizia Cocchis Oct 2019

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Oil Painting Class - Painting a Waterfall



The teacher was knowledgeable and very happy to help/give explanations to questions. Unlike other art courses the class was good value for money.


Christine Comito Sep 2019

Oil Painting Class - Painting a Waterfall



Venue was perfect, and Chris was an excellent teacher. Gave us each personal attention and instructed us each step of the way. All materials provided which was so helpful too.


Deborah Shirtley Sep 2019

Beginner's Oil Painting Class: the Cradle Mountain



A thoroughly enjoyable class. Chris is a very informative and skilled teacher. For someone who has never even tried to paint, having the process explained and individual help all through the session, made this course totally worthwhile. A real bonus was having everything supplied. For novices like me, the explanation about the types of oil paints and canvasses to use was also beneficial. Chris paced the course appropriate to the group and we all left with our own artwork of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Deborah


Carene Piper May 2019

Full Day Painting Class: Water Reflections in Oils



Teacher was brilliant and knew all aspects of oil painting and the venue is pretty cool mini art gallery. It's was value for my money.


Teresa Tidball Mar 2019

Painting Sunsets in Oils



The teacher is excellent and works with you to make sure you understand and offer suggestions and tips if you make a mistake. I learned a lot about using oils and everyone took home a lovely painting. Excellent for complete beginners, novice, or intermediate painters. And, great value for money!

Painting workshop review by Teresa Tidball




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