Masterclass Series 2023

PAINT THE PORTRAIT through abstraction

with kim leutwyler

Sat 15 July 2023

10.30am – 2.30pm

Painting the portrait through abstraction with Kim Leutwyler

Tap into your inner palette to create an abstracted portrait. This workshop will focus on abstract painting, creating surface, energy of colours, gestural mark-making and various painting tools and techniques. Your first canvas will be purely for experimentation, and the second will result in a self-portrait that expresses your inner self through colour, abstraction, composition and mark-making. 

About the Artist

Born in America, Sydney-based Kim Leutwyler migrated to Australia in 2012. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, print media and drawing. Leutwyler holds concurrent bachelor degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and additionally graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree.

Leutwyler’s current body of work features paintings exploring notions of beauty, gender and queer identity. She has come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums throughout Australia and the United States.

Some of Leutwyler’s recent accolades include being selected as a finalist in the Archibald and Sulman Prizes, the Churchie national emerging art prize as well as the Portia Geach Memorial Award.

Masterclass includes

All required materials including two stretched canvases per attendee, size 18 in x 24 inch, acrylic paint, brushes

Light lunch – There is an opportunity to advise of any dietary requirements when making your booking.

You will walk away with

Two painted canvases

Other important information

Please arrive 10 minutes early to avoid late starts.

Please allow time to find an all-day carpark.


Is this workshop suitable for me?

This workshop is suitable for intermediate-level or those with some painting/drawing experience.

What can I bring?

This Masterclass will take place outside the gallery under marquees. Please wear weather appropriate clothing.

Old clothes/apron

Water bottle

Investment $150

Saturday 15 jul 2023 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Main image: Kim Leutwyler, Agolley 2020, Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of the artist.