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A one day introduction to painting with oils

What will you learn on this course?

An introduction to the basic materials used in oil- what they do and how to use them (this includes using 'thinner' and 'medium'), and some of the basic techniques like 'fat over lean'.

We'll start off painting simple still life objects like fruit and mugs, but in grey scale so as to simplify our colour mixing, and instead focus on values (lights and darks).

After painting some still life objects individually, we'll choose two objects and paint them together for size and depth context.

Then we'll take a brief look at some of the motifs you might paint in a typical landscape- how to paint sky and clouds, trees with and without foliage, and have a look at different ways to mix the colour green.

The last theme we'll explore on the day is the portrait, but not a completed one. Like the landscape exercise we'll look at basic proportions of the face in profile, and we'll do a skin tone colour mixing exercise, and lastly we'll paint a human eye, utilising what we covered in the skin tone mixing exercise.

On completion of this course you can expect to have a 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 learners of all levels. Beginners who have no oil painting experience will be taught the basics. Students with previous oil painting experience can develop their skills further.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical drawing activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Basic oil painting materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own materials.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials are provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Peter Tinkler

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