Adolphe Piche workshop: Paint Making

We're excited to bring you this Paint Making workshop with Adolphe Piche, running over three days in early 2017.

(please note the three previously scheduled Sundays: 9th, 16th & 23rd October 2016 have been postponed).

We are taking registrations of interest and require a minimum of 10 attendees for the workshop to go ahead.

Adolphe's career as a fine Artist has spanned five decades. He trained at the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in the 1970’s, and has since had a successful international career which has taken him to three continents, bringing him to Adelaide in the 1980s, and Brisbane three years ago.

Amongst many other awards and prizes, Adolphe won the inaugural Queensland Figurative art prize in 2014.

Adolphe has always prepared his own canvases and made his own oil paint.

The 3-day workshop will give you the opportunity to learn those skills and techniques from a true master. The sessions will take place over three Sundays in October, during which you will learn how to select and prepare a canvas, safely handle and prepare your own oil paints, and learn about the practical application of the paints and stretched canvas you have made.

Week 1.
You will explore the characteristics and qualities of the wide variety of stretchers, canvasses and other supports available to you. You will learn about the purpose, need, and practical application of materials such as size and gesso. Using this knowledge, you will then learn how to stretch your canvas, and prepare it for painting.

Week 2.
You will learn about the history, qualities and safe working practices involved in using raw pigments such as earth colours, metallic oxides such as cadmium and chromium colours, and the more modern dyes. You will learn about the positive and negative role of fillers, stabilisers, and other additives. Using techniques which date back to the renaissance, you will prepare your own titanium white, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and French ultramarine blue paints. You will then use the materials you have prepared to begin a still life painting. This will give you an opportunity to experience the ‘feel’ of your hand-made paints.

Week 3.
You will use the materials you have prepared to continue your painting. You will make and apply a glaze, and also learn about the qualities and application of such materials as mediums and varnishes.

You will need to bring the following items with you on each of the three days:
Wooden palette, selection of brushes, odourless solvent in a sealable jar (a jam jar is suitable, low-odour turps or mineral turpentine are not suitable alternatives, and may not be used in the studio), paper towel and cleaning cloth, clingwrap (to help preserve your paints.

The workshop will be strictly limited to 14 participants. A light lunch will be provided, and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements when you book your place.

The course will take place at the Atelier Art Classes studios, at 2b/9 Chrome St, Salisbury.
It will run from 10am until 4pm each of the three days.

Cost for the 3 days is $395. Price includes the cost of the workshops, your pigments, a stretcher, canvas, a muller, and a marble mixing slab, all of which you will keep.

To register your interest or book your place on the course, email  

Nick Leavey