Oil painting for beginners

Course Dates: 17/11/19 - 08/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anne Teahan

An introduction to the rich and historical process of oil painting. Learn how to start a painting, organise a palette, mix colours and create texture using a range of techniques and exercises inspired by artists.


What is the course about?

An introduction to the rich and historical process of oil painting. This course will explore essential oil painting techniques and materials and provide the basic skills and confidence to continue working with this expressive medium.

What will we cover?

How to start an oil painting, prime a surface, organise materials and lay out a palette.
How to mix colour using a range of guided exercises and paint-handling techniques.
You will work from still life and artist-inspired images.

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

- prepare and organise oil painting materials and lay out a palette
- understand the essentials of colour-mixing using a range of paint-handling techniques
- create a still life painting from observation
- develop the skill & confidence to take further courses and/or continue on your own.

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

This is an introductory course which does not require previous painting experience.

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

Tutor-led discussions and demonstrations will provide a basis for learning and give way to practical applications and
experimentation in using the materials.

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

All materials are provided. Bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothes.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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

Painting 1, Painting 2, Drawing 1, Exploring colour, Painting and the creative imagination, Painting techniques, Drawing and painting from life: extended study, Intensive colour course for painters, Introduction to painting and.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
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Not to expect to be brilliant at the end. That this is really for people who don’t know how to paint with oils.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/07/2019)
The course is for absolute beginners who have never drawn or painted before. In very few sessions you will be surprised what you able to do! Some of my classmates were a bit more advanced in terms of drawing skills and painting, they too enjoyed and I learned a great deal from them and from the excellent tutor. I will definitely will be taking more painting courses with the tutor and at citylit.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/07/2019)
If you really want to learn oil painting this is the course for you. Exceeded expectation.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
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Book your place

Course Code: VM841

Sun, day, 17 Nov - 08 Dec '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £279.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £279.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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