Painting Portraits Masterclass iFitzroy, Melbourne Beginners

Portrait Painting in Oil with Jacqui Stockdale

Suitable for beginners to experienced

Next Available: Wed, 26 Apr 6:00PM (AEST)
3 hours x 3 Weeks
Over 20 people have attended this class


Have you ever wanted to do a portrait but don’t know where to start or are you frustrated that your portraits just never look convincing?

This specialised Masterclass is designed for beginners to more experienced to develop their practice in the genre of portraiture and become confident with painting heads and faces. Over 3 weeks (9 hours) you will cover the basics in oil painting the human head and shoulders. This includes laying out a colour palette, brush work, anatomical referencing, mood of the pose and safe/archival practices, You will focus on loose painting approaches using  'alla prima' (wet on wet), to create a painting in one sitting. 

The setting is a fully equipped traditional art studio in the heart of Fitzroy. Just turn up and enjoy the relaxed vibe. All materials are provided including oil paints, brushes, medium, canvas AND a glass of vino. 

Your Teacher

Contemporary artist, Jacqui Stockdale is a graduate from the Victorian Collage of the Arts (BFA) and Hobert Centre for the Arts (Honours). She has been painting portraits for the past three decades and is a dedicated and inspiring art teacher. She won the King's School Art Prize for her self-portrait and has been a finalist in numerous awards including the Portia Geach Memorial Award and the Rick Amor Painting Prize.

Before you book

Places are limited. You must be able to commit to the three consecutive classes as there will be no catch up classes or any refund if you miss a class. Sorry!

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What you will learn

  • Better understand the anatomy, tone and composition of the face, expressed in oils.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to create a likeness
  • Become familiar with 'alla prima' style of quick, fresh painting

What you will get

  • All oil paintings materials provided including canvases
  • The joy of being with others while learning the tricks of the trade
  • Snacks and a glass of wine
Parking Info


Regarding car parking, there is meter parking on Brunswick St and around side streets.

Free 2-3 hour parking if you are lucky around near the Fitzroy Library and the Primary School, or you can park at Coles carpark. Refund of up to 4 hours parking available with a minimum $30.00 spend at Coles – refund must be obtained on the day of parking via one of the refund machines located in the car park.

Or tram 11 takes you almost to the door.

What to bring

  • All materials provided

What to wear

Oil paint is messy, wear old clothes, aprons provided.

Appropriate for

Anyone who wants to paint portraits starting with the basics

Artclass Co

(87 Reviews)

Welcome to the most popular 'mini art school' in Melbourne, Artclassco was founded in 2009 by award winning artist Jacqui Stockdale and is situated in the heart of the Melbourne, Brunswick St, Fitzroy. The experienced tutors help create a warm and productive atmosphere to work in and many students return for years on end. 

Fundamental skills and techniques are introduced and developed through a range of mediums including painting, drawing and multimedia with an emphasise on enhancing observational skills by working directly from life. As well as the structured four week short courses, one-one mentoring, individual projects can be developed and long term attendance arranged at a discounted fee. 

Join us as a complete beginner wishing to express yourself and learn the basics, to brush up on your existing practice or anything in between. 

The traditional art studio offers beverages, nibbles and an inspiring music play list to work to. 

Artclassco has an annual 'salon exhibition' at the end of the last semester where students work is on display for family friends and the public to enjoy. 

View the students work and more information at ARTCLASSCO.COM


Born 1968, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, Jacqui Stockdale was raised in Benalla in northeast Victoria. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1990 and later moved to Hobart to undertake a Graduate Diploma (Video Art) at the University of Tasmania. She moved to Sydney in the late 1990s and then to Darwin in 2000 to take up an appointment as the Arts Officer at Berrima Prison.

Her experiences teaching art to inmates has fundamentally shifted the way she approached her art practice and thought about the construction of identity. Since returning to Melbourne in 2002 Stockdale has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally, including  in Magic Object, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2016; Arthur Guy Memorial Award, Bendigo Gallery, 2015; Joseph Ulrick & Win Schubert Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, 2015; Alles Maskerade, Museum Villa Rot, Germany, 2014; and Living Rooms, curated by Robert Wilson, Louvre Museum, Paris, France, 2014. Stockdale's work is held in significant collections within Australia and internationally.


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4.9 (12 reviews)
Clairerated it
24 Feb 2023
Such a fun series of classes. Suitable for students of all skill levels. Jacqui was an amazing teacher, highly recommend!
Danielrated it
24 Feb 2023
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Lyndenrated it
23 Feb 2023
Jacqui provided very good learning tasks and instruction for both beginners and more experienced painters. She also provided a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for learning and sharing.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions apply to online classes as well as face to face learning.


Due to the high demand for classes in our 3 or 4-week courses, Artclassco is unable to swap, substitute or offer ‘make-up’ classes unless they have room. 

Students are requested to contact us if unable to attend a class. 

Should Artclassco be forced to cancel a class all students will be notified and will receive a credit voucher for a replacement class.

Please understand that our storage capacity is limited.  Students artwork will be retained for one month after which they will be disposed of unless they are working on a longer term project. 

Ongoing students may store materials in the shelving provided at the studio. 

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