Colour Mixing with Confidence

Next Available: Wed, 28 Aug 6:30PM (AEST)
3 hours


Competent colour mixing is critical for artists wanting control of their work - being able to mix and use the colour you want with confidence.

In this three-hour hands-on workshop you will learn how to use and mix colours effectively including:

  • The usefulness of the colour wheel and colour relationships
  • The possibilities of colour manipulation using complementaries
  • How to make and adjust colours to become more or less intense, warmer or cooler, advance or recede
  • How to control the intensity and quietness of colour
  • Using earth colours without making mud

This workshop is suitable for students and artists with at least basic oil painting experience. 

*An expanded colour-mixing course will begin on September 4, and will be up online shortly.

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What you will learn

  • How the colour wheel works and the possibilities of manipulation of colour through mixing complementaries.
  • Introducing an earth palette into the primary/secondary colours and exploring the colour possibilities and options doing so.
  • Understanding how to control the intensity and quietness of colour, and how warm and cool colours behave, as a vehicle for controlling space and depth in painting.

What you will get

  • Practical demonstrations and hands-on colour mixing skills
  • Take home colour wheels exploring different palettes
  • Refreshments
Parking Info

Parking is ticketed in Brunswick St but there are some 2-4 hour spots in the surrounding streets. The No 11 tram comes down Brunswick St, get off at stop 15. All-day parking on Brunswick St is a flat fee of $12 on Sundays only.

What to bring

  • A notebook

What to wear

Your own apron, art smock or painting shirt.

Appropriate for

Oil painters, students with some oil painting experience, art teachers

Fitzroy Painting

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About us: Established in 2009 and based in a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting is the original and best of private art classes in Fitzroy!  A working artists studio, the space provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing skills with the expert support and guidance of highly qualified teachers and full-time professional artists.

Our 4 - week beginners courses in oil painting, drawing and watercolours are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Courses Level 2 and 3 in both painting and drawing..  Ongoing students are supported to help develop their own direction, with optional exercises offered to expand on skills and knowledge, and our Atelier students are assisted in taking it to the next level in professional practice.

Love the class? All students wishing to extend their course may purchase class-passes for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Evening classes include wine and refreshments, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes. Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment is available for student use at the studio, including easels, palettes and drawing boards. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide low-toxic, low-odour materials for student use, as well as high-quality clean-up materials for brushes and hands. We also have storage facilities if you wish to keep your materials at the studio.

Each student works at their own pace and receives one-on-one attention, and all students are invited to exhibit in our annual end of year exhibition, a fun opportunity to show family and friends what you’ve been doing!

Visit our website for more info and pictures of student work.

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Your Teacher

Known for his abstract paintings, artist Ross Laurie was born in Walcha, located in the northern tablelands of NSW in 1961. Laurie studied Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts in 1982, and graduated in painting at the Victorian College Prahan in 1986. Laurie currently lives and practices in Walcha, NSW.

Laurie has won the Norville Prize for Landscape Painting, the COFA Print Award at the Paddington Art Prize and the Kings School Art Prize, and has been a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Biennial and the Wynne Prize. Notably, Laurie’s work has been selected for the Salon des Refuses ten times between 1995 and 2019.

The artist’s work can be found in numerous state and corporate collections such as Artbank, AGNSW, National Gallery of Australia, New England Regional Art Museum, Tamworth Regional Gallery, the Laverty Collection Sydney, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Macquarie Bank Collection and NRMA Sydney.

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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.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Fitzroy Painting is under no obligation to offer any ‘make-up’ classes, courses or workshops missed. 

Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit. By proceeding with your booking you agree to these terms & conditions.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class due to low enrolments, you will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a refund, transfer or a credit voucher for a replacement class, course or workshop.

Collection of work and materials left at the studio: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited.  Beginners work and painting kits will only be retained for one month after which they will be disposed of.  

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