Art and Science

Thursday, 21 February 2019 | 01:00 AM to Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | 08:30 PM


Are you curious about the science behind what you paint or draw? Have you ever wondered about the maths of perspective, the physics of colour, or the chemistry of paint pigments? This is your opportunity to discover all of these things and experiment with this knowledge in your own art.

Art and Science is a four-week course that focuses on a different medium and scientific theory each week: pencils, pastels, oils and watercolours. It is on every Tuesday evening from 5 February to 26 February 2019.

No experience is necessary, though please note that the course does focus on theory and experimentation rather than working towards the creation of one single artwork. 

Course overview/What to expect:

Week 1: 
Mathematics of Perspective – Pencils
Participants will learn some tips how to control a pencil and develop drawing skills.

Week 2:
Physics of Colour and Light – Pastels
Participants will learn the concept of what we see as ‘colour'.

Week 3:
Chemistry of pigments – Oils
Participants will learn scientific and technical aspects of the chemistry and physics of pigments.

Week 4:
Technology of Watercolour Painting

Participants will learn helpful tricks on various watercolour techniques.

A basic range of materials will be provided by Rockhampton Art Gallery. However, participants are welcome to bring the following each week if they would prefer:
Week 1: Pencils and a sketch pad
Week 2: Watercolour paints and paper; brushes
Week 3: Pastel paper and pastels
Week 4: Painting palette, rags, brushes, canvas and oil paints

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon the conclusion of the course.

Price: $140| $130 Friends of the Gallery

Where: Rockhampton Art

Gallery (entry via the front of the Gallery, directly off Victoria Parade)

Who: Anybody curious about trying a new medium and learning gouache techniques (content also suitable for young adults)

Parking: Victoria Parade or Bolsover Car Park behind the Gallery

About the Tutor 

In 2006, Elena Churilova moved from Russia to Australia as a qualified professional. Inspired by the local scenery (sky, sea, river, houses in the street) she returned to her passion of painting.

Elena began experimenting with various mediums and techniques (oil, pastel, gouache and watercolour) in a style which combines reality and fantasy.


  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019 | 06:00 PM - Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | 08:30 PM


Rockhampton Art Gallery, 62 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton City 4700  View Map

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