Art Classes Melbourne

If you need to plant yourself in a structured environment to get the creative muse to rear its head, then we can point you in a few directions to help enthuse, educate and enjoy. Friends of St Luke run all different classes; from Life Drawing to Icon Painting and Encaustic. Painting for Beginners Join Artist

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Brush Sale

Time to Brush Up! Are those rough housed wooden sticks with a couple of hairs on the end in need of an update? At the heart of St Luke’s Collingwood store lies a treasure trove of Synthetics, Bristles, Badgers, Taklons, Mops, Sash and Hakes waiting to be put to good use.

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Love Your Hair

Sable brushes are not made from sable (Martes zibellina) but hairs from the weasel family. These hairs are less expensive. Kolinsky sable is the best hair, valued for its length, thick belly, fine point, softness and strength. Kolinsky is usually made from Mink and only the tail is used. If you are buying a Kolinsky

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Colours for a Seasonal Palette

To play your colours by eye is worse than playing the piano by ear – John Sloan (1875-1951) Caput Mortuum Pigment Red 101. A velvety purple earth colour, it is also known as Mars Violet or Indian Red. St Lukettes love the intensity and warm radiance of this pigment. Its unusual name is Latin for

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St. Luke Vernissage

Origin French, literally ‘varnishing,’ originally referring to the day prior to an exhibition when artists were allowed to retouch and varnish hung work. Why Varnish? -To protect the underlying painting from damage, dust and dirt. -To uniform the surface and give an even optical reflection. What you want from a varnish -All varnishes should be

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Low Toxic Solvent & Mediums

As artists we occasionally need to use our brains. If you use oil paint in your practice you will be familiar with the joys of inhaling distilled gum turps. If you are particularly naughty the odour of supermarket bought turps will be something you are also familiar with, but please, don’t tell us about your

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