Oil painting projects

Course Dates: 19/02/23 - 26/03/23
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
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 over various aspects of oil painting.
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Course Code: VM436

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Started Sun, day, 19 Feb - 26 Mar '23

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Throughout the course we will explore three themed projects using the luscious and sensitive medium of oil paint, matching methods and techniques to each theme. In the final week students will make a personal oil painting inspired by artists and research from the preceding weeks.

What will we cover?

Three themed artist-related projects to develop expressive oil paintings.

- ‘Light and Shade’, will explore how tonal contrast and transition influence mood in painting.
- ‘Portraiture’ will use observational and photographic sources and works by Freud, Richter, Dumas and others
- ‘Imaginary landscapes’ will take inspiration from Max Ernst and Sonia Delaunay.

Practical exercises will explore:
-using a colour-tone palette
-painting on different grounds
-paint-handling techniques such as scumbling, drybrush, wet in wet & impasto.

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

- Paint with increased sensitivity to light and colour tone.
- Use observational and photographic sources effectively in painting.
-Use a range of oil techniques including dry brush, wet in wet and scumbling.
-Use broad themes and artists’ work to inspire & develop your own painting ideas.

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

This course is for mixed levels of experience. Students should have done an introductory painting course or equivalent.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, for hand-outs and for health and safety information. You will also be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

- Tutor demonstrations
- Paint handling exercises
- One to one guidance
- Group discussion
- Slide shows of artists
- No homework required.

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

Basic oil painting materials and media will be provided including cartridge paper to prime. You may wish to buy yourself ready-primed paper during the course.

You may also wish to purchase a ready primed canvas for your personal project in the last week.The tutor will advise on size.


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.

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.