Colour, drawing, and painting courses in Sydney, NSW, with David Briggs:

  • The Theory of Colour (lecture series)
Please email me if you have questions about any of these courses. 


Colour, Light and Vision

This is a special edition of my long-running Colour, Light and Vision workshop, specifically tailored to complement the training of National Art School students. NAS staff and former students also welcome.

See brochure for full details: CLVNAS-2016-17.pdf

Five day workshop, 10.00 am - 4.15 pm daily. $450 for whole or part of week.

  • Dates for later in 2017 to be announced; if interested please register your interest by email or phone (see below). 
This is a privately run course and is not affiliated with the National Art School. To inquire or book, please email,  or phone on  0416 737 559.

Sunday Landscape Painting
David Briggs, Cliffs at Coogee, October 2014 (oil on canvas)

Landscape painting classes around Clovelly and Coogee on Sydney's coastline. Mostly half day (3 hour) sessions, grouped in terms of 10 weeks.  $35 per individual classJoin any time.

The coast around Coogee and Clovelly was painted by many of the Australian Impressionist artists including Roberts, Conder, Streeton, Hilder and Gruner. For some superb examples of their work, all painted from sites that we visit, please see this page:

Not currently running. To express interest please email  or phone me on  0416 737 559


National Art School public programs courses can fill quickly, and at other times can be cancelled because not enough enrollments arrive in time, so either way it's  important to book as early as possible. The cutoff date is not advertised but can be several weeks before the scheduled start date.

Anatomy for Life Drawing

Knowing artistic anatomy does not mean simply knowing a list of names, it means being able to visualize any part of the body, in any action, from any direction. This ability not only opens up the possibility of drawing from the imagination, it is also used continuously in drawing from life. Naturally it helps with drawing details, but even more so it helps with quick poses, enabling you to grasp the action in a few lines instead of twenty. For beginning anatomists we will focus on the skeleton first, but content is flexible for those with prior knowledge. 
A five-day workshop at the National Art School, Sydney. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm daily. Earlybird discount/concession available (see Summer School courses on  NAS website for cost  and enrollment details).

  • Monday July 3 to Friday July 7,  2017

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

Learn to see past the bewildering details of your subject to gather the exact colour information you need to get your painting off to a great start! Discover how to think of colour in a way that enables you to mix the exact colour that you want confidently and directly, every time. This course in modern colour theory and its application to oil painting focuses on understanding how light and colour actually work, avoiding the confusion caused by colour myths. The approach has given great results with both beginning and advanced students.
Eight four-hour Monday daytime classes at the National Art School, Sydney. "Earlybird"/ concession discount available (see  NAS website for cost and enrollment details).
  • Monday 10 am - 2 pm, July 17 to September 4, 2017
  • Monday 10 am - 2 pm, October 9 to November 27, 2017

Painting and Drawing the Life Model (2017)

Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model that holds the same pose over several sessions. David Briggs teaches different painting strategies, ranging from painting in a planned series of layers to direct (alla prima) painting, with a strong emphasis on using colour and tone to achieve a vivid sense of light and atmosphere. Students may choose which of these strategies to apply in their own work, and David instructs students in the crucial planning stages that help to achieve this result.

Beginning students will learn the basic skills of how to handle oil paint confidently and expressively, how to analyse and paint a subject tonally, and how to mix any colour they want quickly and accurately. Continuing or advanced students will learn new ways to apply these skills to painting in full colour and whether to focus on the portrait or the whole figure as their subject.

Eight three-hour Tuesday evening classes at the National Art School, Sydney. "Earlybird"/ concession discount available (see  NAS website for cost and enrollment details).

  • Tuesday 6 - 9 pm,  July 18 to September 5, 2017
  • Tuesday 6 - 9 pm,  October 10 to November 28, 2017


Colour, Light and Vision (five-day workshop)

Illustrated lectures , demonstrations, and practical exercises to guide you through the most important practical aspects of colour in painting, to complement the colour theory website, The Dimensions of ColourIncludes coverage of the Munsell System and its application to observing and mixing colour. 

A five-day workshop at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. 9.15 am - 3.30 pm daily. $AUS 450.

  • Monday to Friday, July 10 to July  14, 2017

LIMIT 10  students per session.

For more details email  or phone me on  0416 737 559

BOOK NOW online, or send in the "Holiday Enrolment Form" pdf  available here.

Fundamentals of Life Drawing

Weekend workshop at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, 10.00 am - 4.15 pm daily. $220. Held on the weekend immediately preceding the start of term, but not every term. Next session:
  • Saturday and Sunday July 15-16, 2017.

BOOK NOW online, or send in the "Holiday Enrolment Form" pdf  available here.

Evening Life Painting and Drawing 

10-week pose under controlled lighting for figure/portrait painting or extended drawing. Includes short lectures on light and colour. Foundation painting and drawing exercises provided for beginning students.   

Ten evenings at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, 6.15 - 9.00 pm, now with a choice of the Monday and Thursday night poses. $AUS 380. Next terms begin:

  • Monday July 17, 2017
  • Thursday July 20, 2017
Book online, by phone on (02) 9241 1641, or by mail using  "The Rocks Enrolment Form", available here.

Beginning Life Drawing 

10 weeks on Saturdays 10.00 am - 12.45 pm. $AUS 380.

  • from Saturday July 22, 2017.
Book online, by phone on (02) 9241 1641, or by mail using  "The Rocks Enrolment Form", available here.


Essentials of Anatomy 

10 weeks on Saturdays 1.30 - 4.15 pm. $AUS 380.

  • from Saturday July 22, 2017.

Book online, by phone on (02) 9241 1641, or by mail using  "The Rocks Enrolment Form", available here.


The Theory of Colour (lecture series, 2014)

The idea that all colours are made from yellow, red and blue was widely accepted in science until the late nineteenth century, when it was overturned by a revolution in our understanding of colour. This new understanding not only led to modern colour printing, photography, and cinema, and eventually to digital photography, painting and rendering, it transformed our understanding of what colour is as radically as Darwin’s theory of evolution transformed our understanding of biology over the same period. These lectures will examine the nature, classification and teaching of colour from these two very different viewpoints.

  • The nature of colour (Saturday 8 November 2014, 2-3 pm) 
  • The structure of colour (Saturday 15 November 2014, 2-3 pm) 
  • The teaching of colour (Saturday 29 November 2014, 2-3 pm)

The slides together with a pdf file of the notes from each lecture can be downloaded as three zip files below.

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