Painting The Environment in Acrylics


Painting the Environment

The environment is what gives painting atmosphere, from the corner of a room to a mountain scape, from a quiet field to an alley way, the notion of landscape and the artists unique view of it has been a genre of its own and also set the stage upon which the greatest paintings have taken place.In this course we will explore the art of landscape by plein air (out door) and studio based painting. We will learn how to collect material through painting, drawing and photography on location, from which we will be able to use in the studio to further our study. The course will impart a deeper understanding of composition which will help identify potential subjects. It is suited to all levels, and includes an in depth analyses of colour theory and its practical application.Painting from the environment will explore our immediate surroundings. 

Acrylics are a wonderfully versatile medium in which to learn to paint. They are fast drying and allow you to easily create layered works incorporating full bodied impasto textures and wash effects. Also, being water based, Acrylics are an ideal medium for those sensitive to the solvents used with oil painting.

Throughout the year we will run different themes, exploring acrylic painting from foundations, to looking at abstraction, combined media and painting the nude. All the courses are 5 weeks and are suited to beginners. Each new theme helps to build on your art technique and allow you to continue practising throughout the year.

During the course you will be encouraged to develop your own style and have fun experimenting with this versatile medium. So come on a creative journey with Acrylics and enjoy the space of our studio environment.

About The Teacher - Christopher Horder

Christopher Horder has been painting for over 20 years. Graduating with Honours in Painting from the National Art School. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows nationally and internationally. He has over 10years teaching experience. He has been a finalist in the Brett Whitley Travelling Arts Scholarship The Dobell Drawing prize, and winner of the Mosman Emerging Artist Award. He is currently working on a body of work for his next solo show.

Equipment List:

    • Matisse Acrylic paint

    Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine blue. Titanium White, Raw umber 

    • Synthetic brushes  flat bristle  #12  
    • Neef 95: #4  
    • Pack Of Reno Synthetic Brushes   
    • Disposable Palette  
    • Thin edge canvas  10” x 14” 
    • 1 x sheet of oil sketch paper 
    • 1 x metal palette knife  
    • 1 x willow charcoal thick  
    • 10 x A3 shts Cartridge  


  • RRP kit $118, 20% discount price $94.40
  • List current as of May 2017, prices subject to change.
  • Items sold separately attract a 10% student discount off regular prices for the duration of your course.
  • Free Hessian AOK Studios Bag with kit purchase.
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Class Schedule

5-week term 2.5 hrs per wk 6.30pm - 9pm

What you will learn
  • Using the beautiful streets, alleyways and interiors of Newtown we will compose and construct paintings, using sketches, photography and painted studies.
  • Learn to capture the essence of your environment on location and brng it to life in the studio.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of composition and enhance your painting skills to the next level!
What you will get
  • Tuition under an expert art teacher
  • Small class size to ensure individual attention
  • Free Hessian AOK Studios Bag with kit purchase, Kit discounted 20% off RRP
  • 10% student discount off all regular priced Art and Craft supplies at Art On King for the duration of your course,
  • Biscuits, Tea and Coffee

What to bring
  • See Equipment list.
What to wear

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on!

Appropriate for

Beginners to intermediate


Art On King

Vendor since 2016

Art On King is the one stop store for art and craft supplies, joined with Modern Times Bookstore for books, games and cards. Art on King is also the home of Art on King studios where various art classes are held throughout the year.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms for Enrolment

Attendance: Art On King Studios is not responsible for changes in your personal circumstances. We cannot facilitate make up classes. Your tutor is happy to advise you on work missed and offer homework exercises.

Transfers: Should your circumstances change and you give 7 days notice before the commencment of your course we can facilitate a course transfer to the following term. Transfers will be extended to a maximum of 2 terms. If you provide less than 7 days notice we can only provide a transfer should your course retain a minimum of 6 students to run. Administration fee of $20 applies to transfers with less than 7 days notice. In the case of prolonged illness or unforeseen circumstances we will do our best to accommodate a transfer to the next term but cannot guarantee a place.

Refund Policy: We do not give cash refunds. You must give 7 days notice in the event that you cannot attend a course you have enrolled in. An administration fee of $20 will be charged and you will receive the balance of course fees as a credit , which can be used in the store or towards another course. Any Art Kits or materials purchased for your course can be returned for credit if in a saleable, unused condition. 

Cancellations: All classes need a minimum of 6 students to proceed. Should your course fail to meet minimum, we may either postpone the start date for 1 or 2 weeks or cancel the course. You will be informed at least 24 prior to start date. Your course fees will be refunded in full, or you may choose to transfer to another course. Should the new start date not suit your schedule you will also qualify for a full refund.

Discounts: Enrolled students receive 10% discount off all regular priced art materials from Art On King, for the duration of the course only. Art kits are discounted by 20%.

Fees: Are payable in advance and are for tuition only. You are not guaranteed a place in a course until all fees are paid in full. GST is included in course price.

Promotions: We run various promotions throughout the year. These discounts are valid only if your course runs and are not transferrable to another term. Any  Gift vouchers offered are handed out on the first night of your class, and are not valid should your course be cancelled.

Gift Vouchers: Purchased course gift vouchers are valid for any courses we run and are transferrable to another person or for store credit if you choose not to take a course. Sorry no cash refunds are issued.

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04 June 2016 • Painting The Environment in Acrylics

Awesome experience. Great tutor!