Learn the art of Florence.

Learn the art of Florence.

Make your own authentic oil paint with Sophie Haythornthwaite.

Sophie is an accomplished painter and was this year a semi-finalist in the 2018 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, and is a finalist in the 2018 Portia Geach Portrait Prize. Sophie studied in Florence and uses traditional methods and materials of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Sophie uses high quality painting materials that she prepares herself in her studio, grinding her own pigments and preparing her own canvases, mediums and varnishes using traditional methods and recipes.

Not only does this practice allow for a more complete control over the performance and quality of one's materials, it also enables the artist to achieve specific painterly effects used by the masters, the subtleties of which are often difficult to achieve using synthetic modern materials.

 Sophie specialises in portraiture and has a studio in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She also paints still life, landscape and figurative works.

 Sophie's works are represented in private collections throughout Australia, the USA and Europe. She is currently represented by Fellia Melas gallery in Sydney.

Still Life After Justin O’Brian by Sophie Haythorthwaite

Still Life After Justin O’Brian by Sophie Haythorthwaite


 Saturday 15th February

1pm – 4pm

Cost $250

Including all materials and followed by bubbles and cheese.

You will leave with 6 tubes of oil paint.

In this workshop you will learn how to grind and mix your own oil paint. Sophie will instruct you as to how to grind and mix your own unique coloured set of paints using traditional methods. You will leave the workshop with your own high quality set of hand made oil paints, this will consist of shades of colours mixed to suit your own unique style and preference in red, blue, yellow, white, brown and black.