Painting with Oils & Acrylics

Painting with Oils & Acrylics

The course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some experience.


The objective of the course is for students to gain confidence with paint and to be able to find their own artistic voice through painting exercises, techniques, experimentation.


Beginning to paint can seem intimidating, this course aims to equip you with the knowledge and enthusiasm to set you on your way.


You will be using acrylics and oil paints to explore techniques deployed by other artists and to produce paint sketches and/or finished paintings.


Learning Outcomes


  • To gain confidence in use of colour, tone, mark marking and composition
  • To find different ways of working that will suit your personal approach, eg abstract or figurative, expressionistic or controlled  
  • To think about what subjects, artists and ideas inspire you


Please note: It is not possible for students to change booked sessions around in the event of non-attendence or arriving late to class. This imposes other students' enjoyment in the class and it stretches the tutor further than necessary, impacting on the quality and structure of the teaching.


If we start to allow students to alternate the days in which they attend the course it becomes very difficult to keep track of. Please only come to the lessons you are booked on to. As the course is packed full of vital information, we would encourage students to attend all lessons to get the best out of the course.



Your Tutor

Caroline Wendling Caroline Wendling is an artist, who studied in France. She has taught fine art for many years and has extensive experience of teaching people of all ages. She is passionate about colour and drawing. She is keen to develop each student personal style as well as providing a nurturing atmosphere during the classes.  Her residencies include Cambridge School of Art, Wysing Arts Centre, Deveron Arts were she created White Wood and currently METAL in Peterborough.  She is the recipient of several Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.     


Surfaces to paint on can be as follows: ready stretched canvas, canvas board or oil painting paper/ acrylic painting paper ( size of your choice). A set of oil painting brushes in various size and shapes eg. round, flat, fan and filbert (again if you buy a small pack of brushes you will usually find this a cheaper option. The brushes can be natural hog bristle or synthetic hair made for oil and acrylic painting). Small bottle of odourless turpentine or substitute painting medium such as sansador or zest. Linseed oil, a small bottle. Any other medium that you have for oils and acrylics and would like to try out. Palette: a traditional wooden palette or tear off paper palette. Rags for cleaning brushes and protective clothing. Basic drawing materials: sketch book, palette knife (optional), masking tape, drawing board clips. Easels and drawing boards are provided, but if you have a small portable or table top easel that you feel comfortable using, please bring this with you.


Tuition fees: £115.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £115.00


No. of sessions: 8

Day Date Times
Tue 01/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 15/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 29/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 05/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 12/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 19/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 03/12/2019 18:30-21:00
Tue 10/12/2019 18:30-21:00

Your next step

Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.

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