Painting With Oils (S)

Painting With Oils (S)

 I believe Painting can be taught, it was, and should be again, a craft as much as any other, as long as the student is willing to put in the practise and explore a set of methods and techniques that are part of the process, taught by the teacher.


In this short and whistlstop tour of Oil Painting you can expect to be given a detailed introduction to the basics of Oil Painting and picture making processes, aspects of theory, techniques and good practise that can set you on the way to creating confident painted works. This is a strucutred course, teaching the main aspects of painting, so attending  all the classes is important for you to get the most out of the course.


This course provides the tools and approach to create representational painting; think of artists like the Impressionists, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Munnings or Anders Zorn, and contemporary artists Richard Schmid, Jeremy Lipking or Ken Howard. If you admire the skill and paintings of these artists, then this is the course for you!


This course is for beginners and intermediary artists, but you will benefit from having spent at least a year exploring drawing skills. The sessions will introduce you to the tools, paints, mediums and supports and how best to use them.  There will be an introduction to composition, step by step process of the creation of a painting and hopes to dispell some myths about painting and being an artist. The course will include painting from still-life and the best ways to use photographs as a resource for a painting.


During the sessions we will tackle different aspects for creating a painting, from starting a painting, tonal values, mixing and using colour, brush strokes, form and edges. As each session is quite short, it will be beneficial to continue the some paintings over a series of sessions, this will then give you time to develop the techniques and picture making methods.


As the time is limited for each session, it will be better to work on a Canvas, board or Oil painting paper of around A4 or A3 size.

It would be beneficial  to have had previous drawing experience prior to this class.


Learning Outcomes

 At the end of the course, you will have gained a greater understanding of the tools, the materials of painting in Oils, as well as methods and procedures towards promoting a "good practise" in developing  a painting routine. Gaining confidence in progressing through the various stages of creating a painting. Gained knowledge of some of the artists, styles and practises in Art History.


You can expect to be working on a maximum of two paintings during this course.


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

David Wood David has been teaching at Hills Road for over a year now,  is an award winning artist and a regular exhibitor of his paintings locally and in London. His work has been selected for a number of major exhibitions including the New English Art Club, the Discerning Eye and the Cambridge Drawing Society; David also won the medal for "Most Innovative Artist" during an exhibition at the Banqueting House, London. Trained to degree level, David's art practise draws very much from the skills, knowledge and values of a bygone age of painting. Strong draughtsmanship skills are the underpinning of any good artist and painting, followed by years of experience and experimentation with the painting medium and tools.   If you would like to know more about David, and his work, then have a look at his website -


Please be aware that Oil Painting uses some paints, mediums and thinners that can be toxic. Basic Materials. All materials can be bought at Tindalls on King Street, Cambridge or Hobby Craft in the Beehive Centre, or online through Jacksons Art Supplies or other online suppliers. Oil paint: Student Quality Colours by either Windsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, are the best paints to start off with. A minimum palette of colours would be a yellow ( a cadmium or chrome yellow), a red (a cadmium or Alizarin), a blue (Cobalt or Ultramarine), an earth colour (Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber), Ivory Black and Titanium White. Thinners: White spirit/turpentine or Sansodor as a thinner and a jar/tin with screw top lid to pour into so as to clean the brushes. Supports: Primed oil paper pads (minimum A4 Size, ideally, no bigger than around A3) is probably best to work on during these classes, Canvas, Canvas board or primed wooden board; all these supports can be used with either Oil. Brushes and knives. Please bring a minimum of four brushes, including both bristle and synthetic, mixture of flat, round and filbert (say one large size eg. size 8 or 10 and three medium sizes). Two or three palette knives (either size or shape) for the application and mixing of colours. Palette. There's a broad range of palettes to choose from and it is generally open to personal preference. A palette of around A3 size is ideal, either the Stay Wet Tear off paper palletes, wooden/plastic pallete. I use a glass palette, which I have made and is easily cleaned, during the class I will give you the method of creating one. Apron or old shirt to wear against spoiling your clothes. Additional Materials. You may like to bring some additional things to support the painting process. For example a 4B Pencil, Sketchbook or Paper to draw on. Small empty jars to take home any unused paint. Mediums: Linseed Oil (Slows Drying), Safflower Oil (Slows Drying), Stand Oil (Drying Medium) or Liquin (Fast Drying Oil). Pick one or more. You may like to bring something to paint as part of a still life, vases, flowers, ornaments, found objects, fabrics or something from the garden.


Tuition fees: £72.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £72.00


No. of sessions: 3

Day Date Times
Sat 02/11/2019 9:30-13:30
Sat 09/11/2019 9:30-13:30
Sat 16/11/2019 9:30-13:30

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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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