Oil painting projects

Course Dates: 06/03/20 - 03/04/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Paul Dixon

Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn cover various aspects of oil painting.


What is the course about?

Over five evenings you will gain experience of various aspects of oil painting from sketched underpainting, using oil colour in layer and use of the palette to mix harmonious colours, transparent vs opaque colour and use of mediums to affect the behaviour of the paint. We will explore different surfaces, from absorbent primers to sippery non absorbent primers, to achieve a range of painterly effects.

What will we cover?

- Bistre underpainting
- Using the palette to mix colours
- Painting in layers
- Impasto and glazing
- Matt and gloss effects
- Use of oil painting mediums including stand oil and bees wax
- Transparency and opacity of paint
- Making the best brushmarks
- Smooth and textured surfaces for oil painting.

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

- Make a tonal underpainting in oil
- Use your palette to work out mixtures of colour and achieve colour harmony
- Use oil paint in layers, exploiting the transparency and opacity of paint to achieve the desired effect.
- Use mediums such as linseed oil to alter the behaviour of the paint.

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

This course is for all levels. Both beginners and more experienced painters will gain from the focus on oil painting technique. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

- Tutor demonstration
- Practical activity
- One to one guidance
- Group discussion.

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

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.
Students who have their own set of brushes are recommended to bring them. Students are also recommended to bring their own photos, drawings or objects to inspire their paintings.

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?

A wide variety of painting classes are available at City Lit for further progression, including the Hands On Art History courses which offer specialised painting classes inspired by moments in Art History.


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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.

This is a great course where you will experiment with tones to achieve form (either abstract or figurative) with demonstrations from tutor and guidance on your own work throughout the class in a very supportive environment.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/07/2019)
Do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/03/2019)
Excellent teacher, goes above and beyond for his students, not to mention wonderfully affable, enthusiastic and a joy to be taught by. If there are any other courses led by him I'll sign up immediately. I learnt a lot in this course, the confidence to use underpainting on primed base, as well as oil glazing to give fabulous translucency.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
I highly recommend it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
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Book your place

Course Code: VH036

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 06 Mar - 03 Apr '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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