Intensive 5 Day Realist Painting


Workshop in Oils — 17-21st February, 2020 

Cost: $600 

This intensive five day realist painting workshop is suitable for participants of all skill-levels. If you are interested in creating representational realist art, can not do much more than a stick figure, and would like to rapidly transform your skills and increase your confidence, this workshop is for you. 

Kathy will teach you how she works through realist paintings, demonstrating and teaching techniques, ranging from selecting photographic images, to selecting focal points and manipulating light in the image through the use of photo-editing, to transferring the image accurately onto canvas, and undertaking the actual painting process — all to capture the movement, colour and light of your subjects, as well as their spirit.

You will learn techniques which will help you draw with much greater confidence, as well as learn how to manipulate colour and light to depict any subject with vibrant energy. The five days will give you the opportunity to create two paintings (one simple image, and one more challenging), and to reinforce what you have learned. You may use your own images (any subject), or choose from some of Kathy’s.


Materials included in the cost are: Paints are supplied, along with the use of an easel. Brushes are not supplied, but will be available for purchase. Included within the cost is a budget of $55 for canvases; you can pick and choose what size you would like for your masterpiece. Also use of an easel, ‘turps jar’ for washing brushes, gamsol studio solvent, vinyl gloves, paper towel and a plastic bag for rubbish. Paints, brushes and extra canvases will be available for purchase.

You need to bring: a laptop or other device with Corel paintshop pro, subject images and paint brushes.


Cost: $600 for 5 days. Time: 9.30am-4pm daily. Workshop numbers are limited to 10, but a minimum of 7 people will be required for the workshop to go ahead. Confirmation will be given 2 weeks out from the workshop. Cancellations can be made up to 2 weeks prior. We ask for a 50% deposit on booking.


Upon enrolment, Kathy will email you a full materials list and further details about the workshop.

This workshop will be held at Kathy Ellem Fine Art, 45 Ford Street, Beechworth.

Please contact Kathy for further details or to enrol:

0427 962 127 or

'Bring along some images you would like to paint, remembering that keeping it simple makes creating something successful much easier, particularly for the first painting.'



You can see Kathy's work in person by appointment at her Beechworth art gallery at 45 Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia.

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