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Year 11 ATAR Portraiture Painting Incursion

24 March 2023

As part of the Year 11 ATAR Visual Art Course our students took part in a portraiture painting incursion with artist Desiree Crossing on 21 March.

This painting workshop was facilitated by artist Desiree Crossing.  Desiree specialises in realism portraiture, her remarkable oil paintings express classical painting traditions, whilst embodying an unmistakably modern spirit. She has exhibited locally and internationally and won a range of prestigious awards for her paintings.

Desiree workshopped colour mixing, how to approach beginning a painting and how to combat issues that may crop up. She also shared with students what her life looks like as a professional artist and how she got to where she is.

The students loved the experience and have created some outstanding work as part of their project titled “Everyday Saints”. These paintings will be on display at our annual Art and Design Exhibition in Term 4.

Student quotes:

“This workshop was very helpful to understand colour, contrast and the finer points of painting portraits” – Beccy Atkins


“I learned how to use oil paint to make my paintings more vibrant. I am a more confident painter now” – Ella Wyard


“I really liked spending the day painting in the workshop, I learned a lot and am happy with the painting I have made” – Evie Holdcroft

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