Painting Flowers from Life in Oil | Andrew Bonneau Bienarté

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Painting Flowers from Life in Oil | Andrew Bonneau

Painting Flowers from Life in Oil | Andrew Bonneau

About this workshop

Study flower painting with nationally-renowned realist painter, Archibald and Doug Moran Prize finalist, Andrew Bonneau. In this workshop students will spend 2 days developing a single oil painting of a bunch of flowers from life. We will be studying colour, form, tone and brushwork. The emphasis will be on the accurate observation of the flowers and a convincing portrayal of them.

What will I learn?

Painting flowers consists largely of subtle shifts in hue and chroma within a narrow tonal range. You will become acquainted with colour mixing strategies and gain knowledge about direct and reflected light. All aspects of the process will be discussed and demonstrated, such as proportion, perspective, conceptualising the flowers in relation to a light source, modelling form, colour theory and paint handling.

About the Artist

Who is this course suitable for?

Basic knowledge and skills in drawing and oil painting will be helpful for this workshop. The more experience you have in painting and drawing from life the better, but the workshop is suitable for all levels including people with experience and wish to improve their skill levels.

What do I need to bring?

See the materials list below.


What is provided?

  • tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
  • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
  • connection to the Bienarté art community

About the Artist

Andrew Bonneau (born 1981) is an artist whose work reflects a deep sensitivity to the forms of nature and the subtlety of light, embodying many of the qualities of the European realist tradition.

Andrew earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at The National Art School in Sydney and later studied at both The Charlie Sheard Studio School and the Julian Ashton Art School.

To connect more fully to the disciplines of traditional drawing and painting, he studied for three years under Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York.

His subject matter ranges from portraits, figures, still life and landscapes, and his work is characterised by the unique perception and delicacy he brings to each of these genres.

Andrew has been selected as finalist for many national painting awards, including the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, the Percival National Portrait Prize, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize and three times for the Moran Portrait Prize. He was recently selected as a finalist for the Archibald Prize for 2017 and has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.