Oil painting techniques

Dive headfirst into the world of oil painting. Learn how to apply oils in layers to achieve complex and striking results. Explore a range of mediums that can be applied to oils, how to use paint and colour, and how different brush strokes can be applied. Suitable for those with a basic skillset in drawing and painting.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Jessica Bock 20 July Thursday 6:30-9:30pm 6 $260 Enrol now

Course outline

There are so many different ways to use oil paint that finding the techniques to suit you and your style can be overwhelming. This class will take you step-by-step through some of the most effective techniques artists have used. We will discuss the different mediums you can add to oil paint, and how you can use paint and particular brush strokes to build layers, texture and complexity into your paintings.

Learn about what has inspired artists over the centuries, and how you can look for inspiration to feed your creativity. You will work on concurrent projects over the weeks; still life, portrait, landscape, figure and abstract.

  • Topic 1: Grounds and preparation - Discover surfaces, grounds and preparing canvases and paints. You will experiment with preparing surfaces in a variety of ways which you will then use to paint on later in the course.
  • Topic 2: Hue, value and saturation - You will make grey-scale and colour sketches to understand tone and start developing form and composition.
  • Topic 3: The Dutch Renaissance - Practice transferring by grids and the Golden Mean, particularly in the context of the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painters.
  • Topic 4: Portrait - Practice mixing flesh colours both on the palette and on the canvas, and using wet-in-wet (alla prima) techniques. We will discuss how different brush strokes can be used to achieve texture, form and direction.
  • Topic 5: Composition - Learn about open and closed compositions, directions, invitations, and the push-and-pull factors artists use. Crop and alter your pictures based on compositional decisions.
  • Topic 6: Impressionists - Landscape painting, using light and thick paint.
  • Topic 7: Glazing - Practice painting with opaque and transparent layers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should have a greater understand of oil painting techniques and have completed several works of art of your own.

Who should enrol

Intermediate students who have some experience with drawing and painting. You do not need to have used oil paints before but basic drawing, colour mixing and brush skills will be helpful.

Course materials

You will need the following materials for your class:

  • Oil paints – any brand. We recommend the following colours:
    • Titanium white - essential
    • Lemon yellow
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Cadmium red
    • Magenta, or a dark red
    • Pthalo blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Whatever your favourite colours are
  • Linseed oil
  • An old rag or cloth
  • A canvas – small or medium size
  • A sketch book
  • Pencils
  • Whatever brushes you have at home – brushes will be discussed further in the first class.

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