Introduction to Oil Painting



Tuesdays 25 January – 22 February 2022
Evening Class: 7pm – 9pm

Duration: 2-Hour Class Each Week
Format: Live Online Zoom Course
Level: Beginner 

This 5-week online course introduces you to the basic, yet essential, methods and techniques of oil painting.

Designed for the complete beginner or any artist making the transition from acrylic or watercolour to oil, this course is also suitable for more experienced painters who wish to reinforce their understanding of oil paint and its techniques.

After examining oil painting materials and their uses, we will begin with drawing (using paint) – one of the most essential skills a painter should master. Every painting begins with basic building blocks – linear design, simple shapes, and the big separation of light from shadow. Planes of different values are then organised to add volume. And finally, three-dimensional forms are rendered, and edges, transitions and blending are carefully handled. You will be guided step-by-step through each stage of the painting, and the two most common approaches to oil painting will be explained, demonstrated and then put into practice: alla prima (or ‘at the first’) and the underpainting-overpainting method.

As well as painterly considerations, you will also be introduced to fundamental artistic concepts like simplification and massing, the dynamics of light and shadow, colour theory and mixing, and visual perceptual principles.

The main painting project will be the still life, supported by many other exercises that will help you gain practice and know-how in a range of techniques. Throughout the course, examples from the Old Masters as well as contemporary applications will be referenced.

I have no secret but hard work. This is a secret that many never learn, and they don’t succeed because they don’t learn it. Labour is the genius that changes the world from ugliness to beauty, and the great curse to a great blessing.

– J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851)

Please see further details including materials list (under “Requirements”) in the sections below.

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