Introduction to Oil Painting (Online)
Online courses occur as a live session for 1.5 hours each week, during which time you will interact with your tutor, classmates and course content using in-built audio and video chat, instant messaging and the virtual work display area.
This course is designed for anyone, including absolute beginners who wish to acquire the necessary skills for painting in oil. It will serve as an introduction to all that is essential in the great tradition of painting. You will learn how to construct directly with the paint brush a pictorial image concentrating on tonal value, luminosity and texture...
Taught by: John Myers.
This course is designed for anyone, including absolute beginners who wish to acquire the necessary skills for painting in oil. It will serve as an introduction to all that is essential in the great tradition of painting. You will learn how to construct directly with the paint brush a pictorial image concentrating on tonal value, luminosity and texture.
Inspiration will be drawn from painting a broad range of subjects directly from life, such as still life, figure and familiar environments. You will learn to see form in space rather than objects literally. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to handle the paint and you will learn how to build up a picture working directly into the fresh paint, i.e. “wet on wet”.
For grounds you will use gesso primed paper taped on board which will give you more freedom over the choice of format as is done by many French painters. You will be given assignments which will be reviewed weekly.
John will be giving demonstrations throughout the eight weeks. There will also be the possibility for those in the UK to meet in London for gallery visits.
Course Schedule - 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week
Week 1 - Introduction, preparation of grounds, organising your palette.
Week 2 - Tonal values, looking at the subject and constructing a composition directly with paint.
Week 3 - Looking at the subject as pictorial space.
Week 4 - Positive and negative spaces within the painting.
Week 5 - Learning how to paint “wet on wet”.
Week 6 - Painting throughout the ages.
Week 7 - Texture in paint.
Week 8 - Revision of all points covered. Final presentation of all work.Consideration of next step and individual future possibilities
Please note this course is being delivered on UK time. To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london
Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session.
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
John Myers ENSBA MA is a London based artist who exhibits internationally. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. He has taught extensively at the Beaux Arts in the city of Paris. He also conducts “Plein air” workshops in the South of France. For more information go to www.johnmyers.eu
- 8 boards of plywood
- Thick brown craft paper
(Grounds for painting will be thick craft paper primed in Gesso)
- Bottle turpentine
- Bottle linseed oil
- Bottle damar varnish
- A palette(not too small) min A3 size
- A palette knife
- Good quality oil paints:
- Titanium white 225ml;
- Cadmium yellow 60ml;
- Cadmium red 60ml;
- Ultramarine blue 60ml;
- Prussian Blue 60ml;
- Burnt umber 60ml
- 5 Hogshair brushes, various sizes 1 to 5cm in width
- Rags for cleaning brushes