Explore oil painting
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VM565
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
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:
- rags or kitchen roll
- old clothes.
Oil paint and all other materials for the course are supplied.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may 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.
Paul is an artist who works with drawing, painting and printmaking. He was educated at Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds, where he received an Art and Design Foundation certificate. Then after studying at Cyprus College of Art he completed a BA in painting at Winchester School of Art and later an MA certificate in painting at the Royal College of Art. As a tutor he has experience of delivering a wide variety of art courses, Paul prefers an open-minded approach to teaching, supporting learners through developing the skills they already have, while offering demonstrations, guidance and advice that help new learners to explore a basic grounding in drawing and painting skills. This attitude relates to his eclectic and varied approach to working, traversing both abstract and representational imagery. ‘What I enjoy about teaching art is the way that learners respond to exercises and projects in different ways and seeing the development of their work as a personal exploration. It shows an actual record of an individuals thoughts and feelings and I think the purpose of teaching is to embrace and support this.’
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.