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

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Intensive 7 Day Realist Painting

Workshop in Oils— 5-11th May, 2020 

Limited to 8

This intensive 7 day realist painting workshop is suitable for participants of all skill-levels. If you are interested in creating representational realist art 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 accuracy, as well as learn how to manipulate colour and light to depict any subject with vibrant energy. The 7 days will give you the opportunity to create at least 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: All paints are supplied, along with the use of an easel. Brushes are not supplied, but will be available for purchase. Also use of an easel, vinyl gloves, paper towel and a plastic bag for rubbish. Included within the cost is a budget of $80 for canvases; you can pick and choose what size you would like for your masterpieces. Paints, brushes and extra canvases will be available for purchase.

Cost: $840 for 7 days. Time: 9.30am-4pm daily. Workshop numbers are limited to 12, but a minimum of 5 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.'