Oil painting for beginners

Capturing light in landscapes with the river

Duration: 5 week course, August 14 - Sept 11 , Saturdays 9.30am - 12.30pm | Scheduled Dates

Over 5 weeks learn the basics of using oil paints.

We will be using the landscape and the river  as our focus. This will provide us with many moods to explore.

Learn how to mix colour, blend and layer oils to create reflections of light in landscape.

The first two weeks you’ll be working from a photograph so that you get to understand how to mix the colours for this landscape pallette and the following three weeks will be plein air, weather allowing. If it’s raining the view from the  garden studio will still give us plenty to paint.

Oils handle very differently to acrylics. They have a wonderful buttery quality and have a much longer drying time which leads to greater abilities to blend and a longer time to scrape back when you want to create change.

Learn how to prepare your surface.

How to start with an oil sketch.

How to block in and create a harmony in your painting before you move onto detail.

How to handle your brush.

How to use a painting medium to change the way you use your oils. The medium is what you use to dilute your oil paint. We will be using one of the more recent new solvent free mediums (Gamblin) as some people find the traditional ones too toxic for their systems.

How to work wet in wet or scumble (dry brushing) for different effects.

Mostly it is learning how to see colour, see tone and hot or cool colours. This takes time to gradually develop that skill of seeing it.

Oil painting can be pretty expensive to set up so I am supplying all the art materials.

Oil paints, painting medium, boards, brushes, canvas, gesso and painting medium are supplied. If you have your own paints there is a $20 discount. You’ll need pthalo blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium red, quinacridone magenta, Yellow Ochre, cad yellow, white, burnt umber.

I have the painting medium and boards.

Morning tea is provided.

$375 early bird (includes GST) by August 1st. Otherwise $395. $25 discount if you bring your own oil paints.

Pay $100 deposit to book your place and pay the balance on week 1 or by arrangement.

Venue: East Fremantle Home Studio

I am really looking forward to this course packed to the brim on every level. I hope you can join me.

All levels of experience are welcome. If you are brand new come along  on Thursday July 29th  7 – 9pm  $35 for an intro class for absolute beginners. Please contact me to book this.

Group size max 10