Classical Art Atelier

Realist Painting in Oils

Online Course with Adrian Cooke

Our new online oil painting course uses Zoom video-conferencing platform for our live weekly classes, supplemented with downloadable study notes and image references, and one-to-one student support and feedback from your instructor.

Each class will include many demonstrations, guiding you in detail through the painting process, interaction and discussion about the oil painting method and techniques, and practical exercises which can be submitted by email for individual appraisal. This course is suitable for beginners, and for any professional artists who wish to fortify their skills and knowledge.

A painter must not only be of necessity an imitator of the works of nature… But he must be as necessarily an imitator of the works of other painters: this appears more humiliating, but is equally true; and no man can be an artist, whatever he may suppose, upon any other terms. Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92)

This online course shows you the standard approach to classical realist painting in oils - the methods and techniques, tools and materials, best practices and useful tips, and much more - which are currently being taught at all of the major realist painting academies in Florence and around the world. Suitable for beginners, this course also benefits advanced or professional artists, who might wish to reinforce some of these traditional skills and knowledge.

Course Description | Learning Outcomes | Booking Details | Gallery | Materials & Equipment List

Book Now

Learn the Painting Techniques of the Old Masters Online

Our Online Realist Painting Course begins on Tuesday, 29th September 2020, and runs for 10 weeks, divided into two parts. You can choose to book either 5 weeks at a time, or sign up for the full 10-week course and SAVE € 25!

Two class times are available: Tuesday mornings or evenings. Please choose whichever time of day you'd prefer, and note that you cannot switch between class times.

  • Language: English
  • Time: Irish Standard Time (UTC+1)
  • Platform: Zoom
Morning Class

Realist Painting
Online Course

TUESDAY MORNINGS
10.00 - 11.30am (UTC+1)
Starting 29th September 2020

Please choose from menu.
Evening Class

Realist Painting
Online Course

TUESDAY EVENINGS
19.00 - 20.30pm (UTC+1)
Starting 29th September 2020

Please choose from menu.

Course Description

Discover the Methods and Techniques of the Old Masters

Overview

Throughout this course, working progressively through a series of simple steps, you will learn how to create complex, realistic and luminous paintings - from portraits to figures to still lifes. You will develop many oil painting skills and techniques including how to:

  • Simplify shapes and structures in grisaille
  • Mix natural skin tones with a limited palette
  • Softly and subtly model form
  • Build up colours with increasing intensity
  • Think in layers of translucent colour glazes

Organising your palette, colour theory and mixing, dry brush method, and edge quality will also be covered, discussed and demonstrated.

This course offers a logical and cohesive step-by-step procedure for painting any subject in oils. By the end of the course, you will have learned a step-by-step method for creating a realistic full colour painting.

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas
Requirements
  • Art Materials & Equipment
  • Desktop / Laptop / Tablet
  • Webcam
  • Internet Connection

You will need certain art materials and equipment to do this course. Please see Materials List below.

 
Included
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Discussion / Q & A
  • Student Support via Email
  • Comprehensive Study Notes
  • High Resolution Images
  • Practical Assignments
  • Individual Feedback / Critique
 
Monochrome Painting

Design, Line, Value and Form

The first steps in painting make no use of colour - instead, they focus on a technique known as grisaille, which uses only monochrome tones (usually of grey, hence the French, "gris" in "grisaille"). This technique allows you to become accustomed to the unique characteristics of the oil paint medium, how to work with it (and your brushes) and how to mix, understand and apply values and render form.

You will work on several exercises including matching a value strip, rendering an object and painting a plaster cast using the grisaille system.

 
If you hear a voice within you saying you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh
 
Colour Painting

Limited Zorn Palette

The Zorn palette refers to a palette of colours developed by the Swedish artist, Anders Zorn (1860-1920). It consists of just FOUR colours: yellow ochre, ivory black, vermilion, and titanium white. Cadmium red light is commonly used in place of vermilion by modern day artists. This may seem like an extremely limited range of colours, but Zorn has demonstrated through his paintings just what is possible with such a limited palette.

Organising your palette, colour theory and mixing, dry brush method, and edge quality will also be covered, discussed and demonstrated.

 
In order to attain the highest perfection in painting it is necessary to understand the antique, nay, to be so thoroughly possessed of this knowledge that it may diffuse itself everywhere. Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
 
Master Copy Painting

The 19th-Century Nude

In the second part of this course, you will work on a master copy painting, choosing one of three 19th-century paintings to reproduce: by David, Ingres or Bouguereau.

Having prepared the canvas with a toned ground or imprimatura, you will be shown how to use the dry-brush method to measure and capture accurate proportions and how to emphasise a good sense of gesture in the figure. You will also create a simple light and shadow value scheme at this stage. Then, you will start to introduce colour into your painting, yet still working lean, thus producing the so-called 'dead colour' layer. This gives you an early indication of how light, shadow, and colour are distributed across your painting.

In the final stages, you will complete two further passes - a first painting and second painting - in which you will build the large, medium and small forms of the figure, using the full palette to mix flesh tones and glazes to bring your painting to completion.

By the end of the course, you will have learned a step-by-step method for creating a realistic full colour painting.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have learned:

  • Set up and organise your palette
  • Colour theory and mixing
  • Dry brush method
  • Grisaille painting
  • Underpainting-overpainting method
  • Simplify shapes and structures
  • Subtly model form
  • Mix natural and realistic skin tones
  • Build up colours with increasing intensity
  • Work with translucent glazes
  • Handle edges, paying special attention to their quality
  • Understand the use of grounds, mediums and solvents

Booking Details Realist Painting Online

You can choose to do this course in the morning or in the evening, whichever you prefer - there are two class options every Tuesday.

Book Now

Learn the Techniques of Realist Painting Online

Our Realist Painting Online Course begins on Tuesday, 29 September 2020. Please see course details, important information, and terms and conditions below, or contact us to discuss, email info@classicalartatelier.com or call +353 (0)87 660 9644.

Morning Class

Realist Painting
Online Course

TUESDAY MORNINGS
10.00 - 11.30am (UTC+1)
Starting 29th September 2020

Please choose from menu.
Evening Class

Realist Painting
Online Course

TUESDAY EVENINGS
19.00 - 20.30pm (UTC+1)
Starting 29th September 2020

Please choose from menu.
Course Details
# Realist Painting Course
Location Zoom - Online Video Conferencing Platform
Duration 10 Weeks
in two parts, 5 weeks each
Class 90 minutes per week
Day Tuesdays (morning or evening)
Dates Part 1
29 Sept., 6 Oct., 13 Oct., 20 Oct. & 3 Nov. 2020
Please note one week break 27 Oct. 2020 (Hallowe'en Bank Holiday Ireland)
Part 2
10 Nov., 17 Nov., 24 Nov., 1 Dec. & 8 Dec. 2020
Times Morning Class
10.00 - 11.30 am
Evening Class
19.00 - 20.30 pm
Choose either morning or evening class All times shown are Irish Standard Time (UTC+1)
Instructor Adrian Cooke
Language English
Prices 5 Weeks
€ 100 EUR
10 Weeks
€ 175 EUR
Terms & Conditions

Please read this information before enrolling. By paying for this course, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions below.

  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • You cannot switch between morning and evening classes. Once you have selected either the morning or evening class, you will not be able to change your class time.
  • All times are shown in Irish Standard Time (UTC+1). It is important that you know the correct class time as it relates to you. You will not be refunded for any confusion or mistake about this on your part.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop at any time if the minimum number of students required is not reached. In such cases, your course fee will be fully refunded.

Materials & Equipment List

OIL PAINTING MATERIALS

You will need a certain amount of art materials and equipment to help you do this course. Not everything on the list below is absolutely necessary - just make sure to have a basic supply of oil painting materials, and the more specialist materials will be discussed during the course. Materials and accessories are available for purchase at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount when you enrol for this course. We also recommend Jackson's Art Supplies UK.

Oil Colours
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • French Ultramarine Blue
Brushes
  • 4 x Bristle Filbert (size 4)
  • 2 x Bristle Filbert (size 6)
  • 2 x Soft Synthetic Filbert (size 8)
  • 1 x Soft Filbert (size 12)
  • 1 x Soft Round (size 1)
  • 1 x Soft Fan Brush (size 6 or 8)
Canvas
  • Primed Canvas 10-12oz
  • Canvas Boards 30x20 & 40x30cm
Mediums
  • Liquin
  • Fast Drying Linseed Oil
  • Odourless or Low Odour Mineral Spirits (or Turpentine)
Accessories
  • Wooden Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • Palette Cups
  • Glass Jar
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking Tape
  • Skewer or knitting needle
  • Mahlstick
  • Portfolio Case
Realist Painting Online Course

Start Learning the Methods of the Masters

Book Now