Composition for Representational Painting

Oil, acrylic, pastel OR watercolour
M16 Artspace

Studio B

21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2604

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20–21 February 2021


Tutor: Ian Chapman




The greatest painters in the realist traditions have also been great designers.  While non-representational abstract art is often easier to analyse in terms of composition, underpinning the work of representational masters is a strong appreciation for composition. 

This weekend we will analyse how these artists elevated the motifs observed from the three dimensions of life into masterpieces of two dimensional art.

About the tutor

Ian Chapman paints in various media. He has shown his paintings throughout Australia for fifty years and exhibits regularly in France where he was a principal artist at the French Pastel Society’s international exhibition in La Rochelle in 2018. 

He is Vice President and a Life Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute.

See his website or Google Ian Chapman Australian Artist.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you find you are no longer able to attend:
Please advise [email protected] ASAP so we can notify the next in line.
Please include your name and the name of the workshop/event.
Refunds will be given at CAW’s discretion, if:
The participant withdraws from the event or workshop at least 14 days prior to commencement.
The place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
The workshop is cancelled by CAW.

Materials list

Day one: we will be exploring concepts primarily using pencil and paper so bring 

  • an A4 pad, 
  • 2B pencil and 
  • black marker with a chisel point.

Day two: I will encourage you to create multiple concepts rather than labour on one or two.  My emphasis is on design rather than technique, so you may use the medium of your choice.

Choose an economic surface appropriate to your medium as this will encourage experimentation [expensive papers and canvas are inhibiting!]. 

Not large, A3 [32×45 cm] or quarter imperial [37×28 cm] as a guide. 

Ten sheets minimum.


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Composition for Representational Painting Workshop (203)

BOOKING FORM This workshop has a limit of 9 students to ensure the quality of instruction. Payment includes model fee & refreshments. BYO lunch.