Creating luminous colour in acrylics with glazing, light and shadow.

Glazing in acrylics to create luminous colour with light and shadow

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Duration: Sunday May 15th 9.00am - 17.00pm. East Fremantle Garden Studio, | Scheduled Dates


A packed workshop learning how to mix and layer colours in acrylic to create luminosity within contrasting light and dark.

The use of strong contrasts between light and dark is known as chiarascuro.

Glazing is layering up transparent or semi-transparent colours to create brilliant luminous colours. For example, you could create a luminous orange with several layers of red, magenta and yellow. This creates far more depth of colour that direct painting, as the light shines through the layers and reflects back. The paint is mixed with a glaze medium instead of water, which suspends the colours and creates more light refraction.

You will also learn the traditional method of Grisaille painting where you layer your glazes onto a monochromatic underpainting. I love this technique. It is easy to learn and you can have so much fun experienting with colour once you have your underpainting sorted.


Experiment and learn how to create drama and subtle shifts with tonal values.

Create a panel of 10 little monochromatic underpaintings.

Create a bird underpainting in monochrome.


Layer transparent colours (glaze) onto your monochromatic paintings, creating a reference bank for future works. It is quite magical how you can create so much  feeling with this very simple technique. I’ll show you how to use the paint and the brush to create great atmosphere.

Glaze your bird painting.

Traditional Glazing

Look here for a great article by Jonathon  Jansen on how Vermeer applied glazes.


Book with a $100 deposit for early bird and pay the balance on the day.

Full cost $260

Early bird $230 by May 3rd.

Book with a friend $230 each.

Includes prepared boards, paints, brushes, glaze medium and acrylics.

Morning and afternoon tea is provided. Please bring a lunch to share.

Group size 5 -10. No vax required.






Milkmaid by Vermeer