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Thursday, 2 May '24   9 weeks
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
8 spaces available


Course Code: MSU224
Tutor: Kathy Barber
When: Thur 9.30am - 12.30pm
Dates: 2 May - 27 Jun 2024
Duration: 9 weeks
Maximum Enrolment: 14

Cost: $485

It’s an exciting decision to embark on a drawing and painting course and this is never truer than in the first stages when there is a whole new world to discover.

This course is constructed to help you reconnect with the language of both drawing and painting. Aspects of observation and the processes of seeing are introduced.

You will progress at a gentle, manageable pace. We will look at line, tone, composition, perspective, colour and the mixing and application of paint. Through observation, you will be introduced to seeing the 'abstract' by way of pictorial structure, to issues of transparency, opacity, surface, depth, and space.

On completion of this course you will be able to draw and paint with greater confidence and will have practised the visual fundamentals should you wish to attend the course, Painting - L2.

Note: There's no need to bring all the materials on the list on the first evening. Please bring pencils B, 2B, 4B, 6B. We will be going through the materials list in more depth during the first class.

NB: Please remember to bring materials from the course "materials list" online.


Materials list
Start Up – Beginning to Draw and Paint with Kathy Barber
A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best option and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school.
The stores we recommend are:
• Studio Art Supplies Crummer Road, Grey Lynn
• The French Art Shop Taylors Road, Morningside (Beside Briscoes)
• Gordon Harris Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies Takapuna

• Pencils: B, 2B, 4B, 6B
• Willow charcoal
• Compressed charcoal
• Charcoal pencil: medium
• Kneadable eraser (for charcoal), soft eraser (for pencils)
• Small pot of gesso paint (for acrylic painting preparation)
• Black Indian ink and a dip pen with a sketching nib (or bamboo pens)
• Paint: acrylics in a selection of colours: e.g. warm red (cadmium scarlet), warm yellow
(cadmium yellow), warm blue (ultramarine), burnt sienna, raw umber, titanium white
• Appropriate painting medium: gel, gloss or matt mediums for acrylics
• Brushes: hog hair - flat small (5mm), medium (10mm), large (20-30mm)
• Soft synthetic round brush (with a nice point, size 12)
• Palette knife or spatula optional
• Low tack masking tape – purple
• A3 watercolour block e.g. Canson Montval 300gsm CP 24 x 32cm or Fabriano/Mixed Media
• Old shirt or apron

At Browne School of Art we also have a selection of basic materials available for purchase: paper in A1 / A2 sheets: newsprint, cartridge, sugar grey, wet strength, bulldog clips, pencils, charcoal, erasers, white chalk, black ink.
This list is a general guide only. The majority (though not necessarily all) of these materials may be used as students progress.



Standard Booking

Available until Thu 2 May 9:30am
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.

Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation

Available until Thu 2 May 9:30am
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.


Browne School of Art
194 Great North Road
Grey Lynn