A person is holding a paint pallet and brush, painting green leaves and pink flowers on a canvas in front of them

About Introduction to Oil Painting Online (VA107 Spring)

Learn how to paint successfully with oil paints in this live, interactive online introduction to oil painting techniques course.

What will you learn on this course?

Discover a wide array of skills and explore themes of portraiture, still life, landscapes, and master copy painting.

The 12-week online course will cover a wide range of skills, including:

  • Preparing and priming a canvas
  • How to transfer your drawings on to canvas
  • The technique of fat over lean
  • How to lay out an organised palette
  • How to work with limited colours
  • Laying down tonal ground
  • Under painting
  • Value studies
  • Colour mixing

This is a live, interactive online course taught via Zoom with professional artist and art tutor Peter Tinkler. The course will be taught through a combination of demonstrations and examples, practical tasks and work on individual projects.

The tutor will provide guidance and assistance based on your individual needs and aims. On completion of this course, you can expect to have gained an understanding of how to approach oil painting.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who have no oil painting experience - you will be taught the basics and given complete guidance. Students with limited previous oil painting experience will be given support as and when required to develop their skills further.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

As this is an online course, you will need to provide your own materials and equipment.

We recommend the following items:

  • A set of oil painting brushes (student quality will be fine)
  • A small container of Liquin Original (which is similar to Linseed oil)
  • Artists White Spirit (please note that regular DIY white spirit can damage brushes)
  • A palette (although an old dinner plate can work)
  • A set of paints including Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue (optional), Cadmium Red, Permanent Rose (optional) Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre.
  • An Oil paper pad – ideally A3 size

All materials can be purchased via any art retailers, such as CASS Art.

Who teaches this course?

Peter Tinkler

Dates and times

  • January – March 2025