Learn to use: oil painting mediums

Course Dates: 31/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the different effects that can be created when oil painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of oil painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of oil painting, such as texture and glazes.


What is the course about?

Improving your skills and expanding your knowledge of oil painting mediums and techniques . This will build your confidence and encourage an informed, individual approach to this exciting material . There will be short demonstrations showing the special properties of different mediums followed by guidance on how to create a varied and lively oil painting.

What will we cover?

- The use of a range of mediums for oil painting such as linseed oil, damar varnish, spectra-gel and Liquin, glazing mediums
- Colour mixing and pigments
- Some special properties and methods of oil painting.

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

- Understand the use of different mediums in oil painting
- Use Layering and glazing techniques in oil painting.

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

All levels are welcome, from beginners to improvers.

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

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

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

All materials are provided, a sketchbook would be useful.

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

You will be able to progress on to a variety of painting or acrylic courses, such as Painting 1, 2 or 3, depending on your level.

Please see the City Lit website for details of our varied curriculum.


Customer Reviews 7 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

It was good. In the short time available we were given a good idea about the mediums available and what they did.
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Review by Bridget / (Posted on 26/01/2020)
Amazing course with an excellent teacher
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Review by Cinzia / (Posted on 14/12/2019)
Do take the plunge! I may have been critical on certain aspects but that is an entirely “on the day” matter. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill or to rekindle a lost passion for painting.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/08/2019)
An excellent short course.
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Review by John / (Posted on 28/01/2019)
From my perspective (even as a novice painter), this course was very limited in scope, and only covered a turpentine-type thinning agent and refined linseed oil. A variety of painting techniques (wet-in-wet, scumble, impasto...) were practiced but there was minimal information on how which other mediums might be used with these techniques, e.g. to speed up drying time, emphasise brush strokes, even out brush strokes. Unusually for a short course at City Lit, this class did not meet my expectations.
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Review by Meg / (Posted on 16/12/2018)
Listen carefully and you will learn a lot
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Review by Richard / (Posted on 16/12/2018)
A great experience. Lots of tuition for both experienced and new painters. Copious techniques shown. A good introduction to working with oils.
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Review by Alexis / (Posted on 15/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Amanda Bracken Tutor Website

Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VM026

Fri, day, 31 Jul - 31 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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