A short introduction to painting in oils

Course Dates: 29/09/21 - 13/10/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Learn all the techniques required for a full palette oil painting using just one colour and white, learn palette layout and organisation, how to hold and use brushes, how to apply paint to canvas and pigment properties.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00

Course Code: VO127

Wed, eve, 29 Sep - 13 Oct '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed for students looking for a stepping stone into oil painting or looking to develop and improve their core skills in painting, using just one colour and white all aspects in oil painting will be covered without the difficulties of colour. You will develop the skill set to confidently start a painting using an imprimatura under painting much like the old masters, then learn how to layout your palette correctly utilising all the space available to you for successful paint mixing and a create a fully rendered grisaille painting using white to adjust values. You will learn how to apply paint both thinly using a glaze as well as scumbled dry onto the surface, also thick paint application to create varying effects. Starting with simple still life objects and then moving onto portraits and figure you will see how to apply this approach across all areas of oil painting.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Session 1: Getting to know your materials: correct layout of your palette, how to hold your brushes and correctly apply paint. Toning a canvas and creating a basic imprimatura painting using simple still life
- Session 2: Understand the effects white has on colours and how to successfully control paint, how to use white to create fully rendered grisaille paintings. Quick paintings using the figure as reference.
- Session 3: Bringing both sessions together you will work on a 2 paintings, this time focusing on the portrait.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Confidently layout your palette, be able to hold and control both your brushes and paint.
- Describe the properties and effects of both opaque and transparent paint and how to avoid paintings becoming muddy or chalky
- Demonstrate how to create imprimatura paintings and fully rendered grisaille paintings.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Improver level; you should have a good understanding of drawing fundamentals.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- You will be taught using Google Meet for the LIVE sessions with your tutor and Google Classroom Elearning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos live sessions links Please amend and delete suitable
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions starts.
- You will need a computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser as this works best.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera check if suitable before your course starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth during live sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students will need:
- Assorted flat and round brushes from size 4-12 (recommended rosemary and co ivory series) x2 (one for darks and one for lights)
- Acrylic primed canvas panel
- Zinc white or titanium white, raw umber or burnt umber
- Palette (avoid white palettes, use grey or wood).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Have a browse of our other oil painting classes above, such as still life, landscape or portraiture.

Chris Gray

Having completed his studies at Falmouth University of the Arts Chris devoted the next 10 years honing his traditional drawing and painting skills, focusing on portraiture, figure, landscape and still life painting across the mediums of charcoal, oil, pastel and intaglio printmaking. He received the prestigious De Lazlo Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to study at London Fine Art Studios (one of only two studios in London teaching the traditional craft of drawing and painting within the atelier setting) where he then after only 3 years because a senior teacher and has continued to teach. He also teaches extensively 1-2-1 and small to medium groups both in studio and online, a regular associate lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts and City literary institute. During his career so far Chris has: won multiple awards including the “One to watch” young artist of the year at the Federation of British Artists Futures show for outstanding British graduates, The John Purcell paper award and the young artist of the year at the Pastel society.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.