Materials for Painting

Students will be using Acrylic Paints during the initial stages of their course.

Where do I get the materials?

Creative Arts Shop:

5% discount for LifeART students

44 Oxford Street, Durbanville

Phone: 021 975 5373


Module One

Materials Needed
  •  A4 Spiral Notebook
  • 200 – 300gm A4 smooth(ish) canvass pad (to paint examples on)
  • 1 x A4 Sketch Book at least 200 gram paper
  • 1 x A4 Bound Notebook of good quality blank paper
  • Variety of hard + medium + soft pencils. A good selection is:
  • 1 x HB
  • 1 x 2B
  • 1 x 4B
  • 1 x 8/9B
  • 1 x Grip Eraser
  • 1 x Putty Rubber
  • 1 x Normal Eraser
  • Zelcryl Paynes Grey Acrylic
  • Zelcryl Yellow Ochre Acrylic
  • Zelcryl Burnt Sienna Acrylic
  • White Acrylic
  • Nylon Angle no: 4 + 20
  • Hogshair Flat no: 2 + 4 + 10
  • Set of 5 OR
  • get PK07 + 02

Module Two

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium or Deep Yellow
  • Cadmium or Bright Red
  • Alizaren Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Cerulean Blue (***Optional)
  • White (large tube)
  • Burnt Sienna (***You already have this)
  • Yellow Ocher (***You already have this)
  • Burnt Umber (***You already have this)
  • Payne’s Grey (***You already have this)
  • Viridian Green (***Optional nice to glaze with)
  • Dioxide Purple (***Optional nice to glaze with)
  • 1 x A3 pallet book to mix paint on
  • A4 smooth(ish) canvass pad (to paint examples on)
  • Hogshair Flat no: 2+4+6 + 8 +10
  • Hogshair Round no: 2+4+6 + 8 +10
  • Artificial Hogshair Filbert no: 2+4+6+8 +10
  • Nylon flat no: 0 + 2+ 6 + 10 + 16
  • Nylon Round no: 0 + 2+ 6 + 10 + 16
  • Nylon Angle no: 4 + 8 + 12 + 20
  • Set of 5 OR
  • get PK07 + 02

Advanced Painting Techniques

Advanced Technique can only be done after completion of Learn to Paint***

You can make a dramatic change to your painting immediately, and yet you’ll still be excited about what you can paint in two decades’ time, because learning advanced technique opens us to our higher imagination as well, bit by bit, with each painting we accomplish.

Each technique will be practised as a large scale painting of your own choice. In the process, you will discuss and debate your choices with your teacher. This will be part of the training you how to make independent choices based on what you see in front of you, and not just copying something from a picture.

Realistic to Modern Portrait Painting​

In this Portrait Painting course will teach you how to paint beautiful, realistic and modern portraits that captures the subject’s likeness. This course is unique in how it breaks down the complex topic of portrait drawing into simple and easily understood, step-by-step exercises

You’ll begin by learning the basics of the human head. Each new concept will be completed by an initial drawing and practice painting. Once you understand all the basics of human anatomy and have done the various exercises, you will continue to paint a full self-portrait, in the classical method. Once that has been done you will then move on to the more modern interpretation of Portrait Painting.

Amazing Abstracts

Who should do this course? Anyone who wants to explore non-representational painting. Anyone who wants to strengthen and develop their own voice as a painter. Anyone interested in taking risks with their painting. Anyone who wants to have more confidence in their own way of painting.

Prospective students need no prior experience..

The Teacher

Leonie.e.Brown, is a professional artist that loves to share her knowledge with her students. Being an artist also helps her to understand their frustrations and problems. She also has an Honours degree in Fine Art as well as a Teaching Diploma. She worked for 20 years in the advertising and marketing industry, before deciding to pursue her career as an artist on a full-time basis.

The mission of LifeArt Studio and School is to inspire and engage adults of all ages, abilities, and economic means in the arts. LifeArt strive to contribute to the creation of great works of art. To provide the highest standard of education to students wishing to become professional artists.

Based in central Durbanville, Cape Town, it offers a wide range of art courses to a very diverse group of participants.

The School also helps the local community by sponsoring two free students per class when possible. 

“Everything you can imagine is real”

 Pablo Picasso