Addicted to oils: Portraiture

Discover how great oil painters produce such masterful portraits in this step-by-step course.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Alicia Mozqueira 4 February Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm 12 $495 Enrolments closed. Join our mailing list
Alicia Mozqueira 4 February Saturday 1:30-4:30pm 12 $495 Enrolments closed. Join our mailing list

Course outline

Lessons shall cover the following as needed:

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should have:

  • have an ability to apply paint using different techniques to achieve desired visuals, using oil paint, from Alla Prima (sketching with oil paint ), glazing techniques Palette knife techniques and different methods of under-painting
  • development your personal palette will be addressed to help you use your colour preferences to the fullest
  • have some basic drawing skills
  • have a knowledge of oil painting methods, techniques and materials
  • have a knowledge of past and present artist
  • have an understanding of the variety of approaches to painting method, concept, and materials
  • have a cohesive body of work with technical and conceptual improvements in the student use of oil paint


  • 500ml Odourless solvent
  • Liquin or liquol medium
  • Art Spectrum medium 1, and 3 (or similar)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Hand protection cream
  • Spare mixing cups/ plastic disposable or similar
  • Cotton rags
  • A cool yellow (lemon yellow)
  • A warm yellow (aurelian or Indian Yellow)
  • A cool Red (alizarin crimson)
  • A warm red (Cadmium red)
  • A cool blue (Phthalo and Cereleum are good to have)
  • A warm blue (ultra marine)
  • A black such as Ivory Black
  • Titanium White
  • Phone camera to record
  • Writing pad
  • A white palette or disposable palettes
  • Palette knives
  • 3 small 30cm x 30cm panels/canvases/primed paper per class
  • A range of hog hair bristle brushes from fine (3mm) to large (25mm)
  • A couple of fine oil brushes (sable imitations, nylon)


ANU alumni Alicia Mozqueira is a practicing artist whose paintings have recently featured in the Archibald Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (semi-finalists) and the Wynne Prize.

In 2012, Alicia became the youngest finalist in the history of the Wynne Prize for landscape painting. Her work has featured in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Australian Democracy and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Alicia's teaching philosophy is about realising the inspired ideas of each student through technical guidance and practical skill, and enjoying the creative process as well as the results.

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