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Still Life Painting Masterclass with Jude Rae

Still Life Painting Masterclass with Jude Rae

Regular price $810.00
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On Campus
28-29 Sep 2024 (Sat & Sun)
9:30am - 4:30pm

Expand your still life painting skills in an immersive weekend with renowned artist Jude Rae, who shares her insights into the genre within a cultural frame that supports both the traditions of realist painting and Abstraction. Through personalised instruction you’ll develop a personal visual language to create dynamic, engaging paintings.

The course fee includes a light lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

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Course Details

Course Program: Masterclass 2024

Start Date: 28 September 2024

End Date: 29 September 2024

Day: Saturday & Sunday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 2

Discipline: Painting

Lecturer: Jude Rae

Age: 18 years and over

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

The Still Life Painting Masterclass with renowned
artist Jude Rae, is a unique and immersive weekend workshop for intermediate to advanced students who wish to expand their skills in still life painting. The intensive workshop is held in the painting studios of the NAS Darlinghurst campus. It offers an exceptional opportunity to study under the guidance of a highly accomplished painter with an extensive exhibition and teaching practice.

The genre of still life offers a cultural frame that supports both the traditions of realist painting and Abstraction. Painting a still life can be helpful as an
intermediary in the development and maintenance of a sense of quiet attention. It provides a context in which to develop a twin focus: on the one hand, the
simple perception of objects; and on the other how we might use the discipline of painting to respond to them.

Through personalised instruction, and hands-on
practice Jude shares her insights and approaches to the development of a still life painting and encourages students to find their own individual answers to these questions, and create dynamic, engaging paintings.

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*The course fee includes a light lunch, morning and
afternoon teas.

*The course is for intermediate to advanced level
students over the age of 18 and limited to a maximum of 12 students.

*Drawing and painting short courses may
be held in upstairs studios. If access to stairs is not suitable, please contact NAS Short Courses Administration at

Lecturer Profile

Jude Rae is a Sydney-based artist primarily known for her still life paintings, portraits and architectural interiors. The low key, non-narrative imagery she employs allows the attention to dwell on the formal
and material aspects of representational painting, encouraging a more reflective and considered approach to the complexities of visual experience. After graduating in Fine Arts (History) at Sydney
University Jude taught at City Art Institute (University of NSW) and in 1987 had her first solo show with Painters Gallery. At this time, she was also a founding member of the Ultimo Project Studios, an urban housing co-operative
for artists in Sydney. In 1989 she moved to London and later to Aotearoa New Zealand where she was the first Director of South Island Art Projects, which
today exists as the Physics Room (Ōtautahi Christchurch, NZ). 

Over the last four decades Jude has exhibited her work in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Germany and the USA. She has been awarded residencies in France, Italy and Aotearoa New Zealand and has taught at a variety of art schools including the University of Auckland, the Australian
National University and most recently at the National Art School (Sydney). In 2005 and 2008 Jude won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture and in 2014 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, in which she was Highly Commended in 2019, 2021 and 2022. She was also a finalist in the Sulman and
Wynne prizes in 2021.

In 2016 Jude Rae was the recipient of the prestigious Bulgari Award presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW and in 2017 a survey of her work was held at the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery. Jude exhibits with The Commercial in Sydney, Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane and Two Rooms in Auckland. Her work is held in major public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. Jude was
represented at Sydney Contemporary and held an exhibition of paintings at Two Rooms in 2023.

Art Materials

Students must supply their own art materials, please refer to the list below.

Jude Rae’s basic palette comprises warm and cool variants of the three primaries plus green, a couple of earths, white and black (unless you prefer to mix your darks). This list is meant to be broadly suggestive of range and hue - if you avoid cadmium colours there are perfectly acceptable alternatives.


  • White - titanium
  • Cool and warm yellow eg cadmium yellow deep and cadmium yellow light
  • Yellow ochre
  • Raw sienna
  • Alizarin crimson - cool red
  • Vermillion or Cadmium red light - warm red
  • Burnt sienna
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Viridian - cool green
  • Yellow-green - warm green
  • Ivory black

Acrylic primed canvas or board of a size appropriate to a standard art school easel - at least A3 but no larger than A1

The primer can be left white or and an acrylic based underpainting (preferably an earth colour) can be applied. Golden fluid acrylic dries fast enough for this to be done in class and 118ml bottles are available at Parkers Art Supplies at NAS.

Additional items

  • Odourless solvent plus container
  • Paint rags
  • Selection of brushes - hog hair, flat ferrule ranging in width from about 2cm,1.5cm, 1cm, 0.5cm
  • Palette knife - flexible spatula type.

Protective clothing and closed shoes are essential.


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers:

    Phone: +61 2 9247 9979


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies Website 

    In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

    Protective clothing and covered footwear essential