Oil Painting with the Impressionists

Michele England, Coastbound, detail

Coastbound (detail) by Michele England

Oil Painting with the Impressionists
With Michele England

Tuesday, 10am – 12:30pm

25 February – 31 March 2020

This workshop series will investigate oil painting techniques popular with the Impressionists. Through an exploration of the work of French, American and Australian impressionist painters, participants will be shown how to paint using techniques such as alla prima, sgraffito, pointillism and wet in wet. Topics covered include oil paint know-how, colour palette, mixing colours, mark-making and how to add interest and mood through composition. Each week impressionist painters will be looked at for their subject matter, colour schemes and technique. This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as for those wanting to continue to develop their existing painting skills. 

About Michele England

Michele England

Michele England

Michele England is an artist whose work investigates issues regarding the environment on which we depend. Michele is intently interested in making works that engage your eyes, body and mind. Her artistic output is mostly paintings, textiles or small sculpture/ assemblage. The paintings often use a colourful palette and she prefers to paint in oils, gouache and watercolour. Michele also enjoys combining the practices of art and craft. This pursuit produces works that utilises craft techniques with everyday objects to make interesting metamorphoses and contextual changes to these objects. Michele studied Visual Arts at the School of Art & Design, ANU and since graduating, has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Canberra and interstate. Her work has been shortlisted in several awards across Australia.

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Week 1 – Paul Cezanne

Table setup with still life like Cezanne for alla prima. Understand how to make a painting in one session. Learn about oil painting basics – what are oil paints, what do you need to know about mediums and oil painting processes. An alla prima painting on coloured ground will be completed.

Week 2 – Claude Monet

Landscape and the banishment of earth colours. Learn about the Impressionist colour palette. Discover colour mixing techniques and colour combinations favoured by the Impressionists.

Week 3 – John Russell

Continuing landscape: capturing light through marks. Discover how to use your paintbrushes effectively by exploring how the impressionists made marks in their paintings. Marks explored include – dashes, flicks, pointillism, wet in wet.

Week 4 – Mary Cassatt

Find out what the Impressionists did differently with their painting compositions. Using this knowledge, participants will start on a two week painting based on an interior scene with or without the figure.

Week 5 – Berthe Morisot

Interiors, more about mark making. Looking at mark making again, participants will discover other techniques such as sgraffito, dry work and rubbing out, the interior composition will be completed.

Week 6 – Charles Condor

The still life, using card as a support. Using all the information and techniques learnt over the last 5 weeks participants will make a work on cardboard. A still life setup will be used.



All materials will be provided.

What to bring

Students are welcome to bring any of their own painting equipment from home if desired.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.