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Sunday 23 June10am-4pm

Society members $65, non-members $75

Venue: Upper Hutt Art Society,
50 Ward St, Upper Hutt

Enrolments close 21 October

Colour is such a vital element to understand to get the most from your painting and nothing beats the qualities of oil paint for getting wonderful results! In this class we will explore using colour with oil paint and discover how to effectively mix colours and apply them in a variety of ways. We will begin with a limited palette to explore what a wide variety of colours we can get from these and how to mix on the palette and the painting surface. As we progress, if you have other colours you’d like to bring to the mix, you can add these in to experiment beyond the initial colours we will use and really make sense of how to get it to work for you!

Limited to 12 places

What to bring:

The Paint:

This is what I recommend to get (size 37mm tube oil paint):


1 x Paynes Grey (or Black) 

1 x Titanium White 

1 x Yellow Ochre

1 x Cadmium Red

1 x Burnt Umber

1 x Phthalo Blue

1 x Cadmium Yellow


You are also welcome to bring whatever colours you may already have if you’d prefer to avoid the extra cost of the paint.


I recommend either:

Windsor & Newton ‘Winton’ range which can be purchased from Warehouse Stationary (or ordered online from Gordon Harris) and should be around $14 a 37mm tube.

Daler-Rowney ‘Graduate’ range which can be purchased from Whitcoulls and should be around $7 a 38mm tube.


These two brands are student grade but are still decent quality but much cheaper than artist grade paint.


Don’t buy super cheap oil paint (such as Reeves or Maries) or a whole set of colours preferably. It’s better to buy specific colours that you’ll get good use out of rather than end up with some colours you don’t really need or use. The cheap paint is rubbish and won’t give you a very good painting experience or results. 



Something non-absorbent such as glass, plastic or an old dinner plate and not too tiny.


2-3 medium size flat synthetic brushes would be good and anything else you may have, bring them along (choice is a good thing). Plus a small plastic bag.

To Paint on to:

A4 canvas panel is ideal and I’d suggest bring two. They’re relatively cheap and ready to go. We can’t paint onto un-sealed/primed surfaces such as paper or card. It needs to be a non-absorbent surface. Whatever you decide to bring just make sure they are no smaller than A4 size.


Please don’t bring turps. We don’t need it and some people don’t react well to it. I’ll explain brush cleaning options on the day.

Age Suitability

While this is an adults drawing class, high school age students are welcome enrol if the parent/guardian is confident they are mature enough to attend.

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