Oil Painting Techniques

Learning the techniques of colour mixing together with its application, the use and creation of textures, and the various compositional elements, are just a few of the skills needed by students practicing oil painting. A lot of these decisions can be intuitive, but it is good to be aware of what is needed to amplify and fine tune them if needed...

Taught by: Roger Gill.

Description

Learning the techniques of colour mixing together with its application, the use and creation of textures, and the various compositional elements, are just a few of the skills needed by students practicing oil painting. A lot of these decisions can be intuitive, but it is good to be aware of what is needed to amplify and fine tune them if needed.

Topics covered

Throughout the course we will be using a number of selected techniques, starting with the construction and preparation of your own canvas, the creation of a variety of grounds for the oils, the use of grisaille, glazing, impasto, alla prima, and the mixing of colour, collage, projection, together with the assembly and arrangement of these elements to create a series of well composed paintings.

We will also look at painters past and present, at their, inspiration, ideas and techniques, to see if some of these could be incorporated into your own work. To facilitate this, you will need to bring in with you on the first day, some ideas or imagery that can be used as your subject matter and vehicle for these techniques, together with some photos/ images of your favourite types of paintings.

The accent throughout the course will be on creativity and experimentation! You will need a good selection of oil paints, mediums and equipment.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for students who have some experience of oil painting and want to learn new techniques to push their practice further.

Entry requirements: Ideally with should have some previous experience of oil painting.

Level: Intermediate

Tutor information

Roger Gill is an artist and tutor who works in London and who has exhibited in the UK and Europe. He teaches a number of drawing and painting courses at Central Saint Martins, including courses on life painting, oil painting techniques, portrait drawing and painting and bespoke one-to-one tuition.

To view Roger's work see rogergill.org.uk.


Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A canvas, size approximately 22" x 30"

You will need to bring the following paints coloured oil paints:

Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Indian Yellow, (or a Transparent Yellow), Alizarin Crimson, Viridian Green, Zinc White, Titanium White.

You will also need to provide:

  • Turpentine or white spirit are NOT ALLOWED
  • Zest
  • Liquin
  • Refined linseed oil
  • A white palette
  • Two or three palette knifes
  • A few light coloured pastels,
  • Oil painting brushes - round, flat, fan,
  • Rags and tissues
  • Containers with lids
  • 4 stretcher bars 40cm long
  • 1/2 metre square of 8 oz. cotton duck canvas

Details for booking

Alternative Dates and Times

If no dates are showing then please 'Enquire about this course' using the link below and we will contact you when new dates are published.