Oil Painting and Realistic Portraiture


Oil Painting and Realistic Portraiture


Thursdays, 12th September - 3rd October (inclusive), 6pm to 8pm

$200 for the four week course, bookings by phone - (02) 4759 3478 - or in store today! Or register your interest online and one of our friendly staff will be in touch to finalise your reservation.

Since its origins in the 7th century, oil painting has acted as a record of history, a form of expression through time and today remains a highly rewarding skill for life. 

In this workshop, the techniques, skills and studio secrets required to create realistic oil portraiture will be demonstrated as we work one-on-one over four weeks to create your own work of art. We will cover rules of colour, layering and mediums as well as address the steps in pursuing your own personal styles and processes.

During the two hour sessions you will be taken through the oil painting process, from the painting’s initial base layers through to the final highlights. Everyone will work on one portrait over the course of the workshop.

What to expect:

This class is a suitable introduction for both beginner and experienced artists to the oil painting techniques used in realistic portraiture.

During the first session you will be welcomed and briefed on the class outline before being provided with a choice of source images to paint from during the workshop (or you’re welcome to bring your own). You will also be provided with a ready-prepared painting support before being given a walkthrough of the prior preparation stages. The remaining three sessions will focus on the painting and later completion of our oil portraits before a final class discussion.

An open dialogue is encouraged during the classes as we work together to improve your understanding of the practice and endeavour to advance your own skill-set.

The tuition cost of $200 will cover 8 hours of tuition, all materials and supplies, plus tea and coffee.

About the tutor:

After studying Painting and Film at The Australian National University’s School of Art, Bonnie McArthur started her own business and began working professionally for four years as a travelling portrait artist. 

Painting commissions from a bus studio whilst travelling Australia to study Intentional Community living, Bonnie soon decided to focus her practice away from commission work and towards her own artistic style. She now works and teaches from her home studio in Woodford.

What is included:

Oil paints, brushes, palettes, mediums, rags, containers, supports and information sheet to take home.


Lyttleton is now offering 1 volunteer position per workshop, if you are interested in volunteering for a workshop you will need to come in for a volunteer induction. Workshop volunteers must be members and they will receive a 20% discount for 1 week if they volunteer for a half day workshop (4 hours) and for 2 weeks if they volunteer for a full day workshop. They will also get to learn new skills and help the tutor during the workshop. If you are interested in volunteering please contact workshops@lyttletonstores.com.au 2-6  weeks prior to the workshop commencement date.

Cancellation Policy:

Please note that workshops are non-refundable, however, if you notify us of the cancellation within 48 hours we can give you a workshop credit and you are able to apply this to a different workshop.

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