Try it out: oil painting

Course Dates: 28/03/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Begona Morea Roy

Experience painting in oils. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way to start oil painting.


What is the course about?

This is an enjoyable & interesting introduction to oil painting for complete beginners. We will learn about laying out a palette, the use of different mediums and simple colour mixing. We will explore the effects of a range of paint handling techniques such as impasto and glazing.

What will we cover?

You will learn how to organise a palette and mix colours using oil paint.
We will cover the process of painting in layers and developing colour. We will relate oil painting techniques to the work of artists. Topics covered are: oil paint, oil painting mediums, tone, colour and process.

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

- Understand how to lay out a palette
- Mix colours using basic colour theory
- Use 3 painting techniques such as glazing, scumbling and wet on wet.
- Gain a basic introduction painting an observed subject in oils.

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

This is a course for beginners and for those who want to learn to use oil paint from scratch. Some drawing experience is always helpful but not essential.

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

Practical work, individual and group tutoring, group discussion, demonstrations, artists’ images and handouts.

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

You will need to bring:
- a palette knife
- rags or kitchen roll
- old clothes

Oil paint and all other materials for the course are supplied.
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
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Start oil painting is the ideal follow on from this course. You may then wish to progress onto Painting 1 which leads to Painting 2 or to attend our Saturday school module 'Complete painting course part 1 and 2'. These courses prepare you for the technical approaches necessary for oil painting. We would recommend you attend all three courses to build your skills and understanding.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VM927

Please choose a course date 

Sat, day, 28 Mar - 28 Mar '20

Duration: 1 session

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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