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Contemporary Oil Painting Short Course

Course description

Explore how you can produce oil paintings that are both creative and technically sound by drawing inspiration from different visual sources. You will use photographs, magazine imagery, objects and memories as a starting point, and combine them through drawing, photocopying and collage. Plus, you will get a practical introduction to the technical aspects of oil painting.

Group discussions and personal advice will help you achieve an imaginative and arresting painting by the end of the course.

Please bring in any sketches or photographs that you would like to add to the visual sources provided by the tutor.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have used oil paint before, but some previous experience in drawing will be helpful.

Level: All levels

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered

We will stretch and prepare canvas, explore basic colour mixing and ways in which oil paint can be applied.

You will combine your sources through layers of images or build up different textures in different parts of the painting.

In your final painting you will be encouraged to explore the transparent, translucent and opaque qualities of oil painting.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Sketchbooks or sheets of paper
  • Pencils
  • Rubbers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Piece(s) of hardboard, MDF or canvas board the size(s) you want to work with
  • Optional: Stretchers and canvas (cotton duck) that we will stretch and prepare in class
  • A palette
  • Two old jam jars
  • Brushes
  • Kitchen towel or old rags to clean your brushes and palette
  • Palette knife to mix the paint and/or to apply paint

A range of colours (oil paint), for instance:

  • Titanium white
  • Cadmium red
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cobalt blue
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Lemon yellow.

For Health and Safety reasons students are not allowed to bring any solvents to the studio. We will provide low-odour mineral spirits.

Any kind of spray products, turpentine or white spirits are banned from the building and the internal courtyard.

Additional helpful colours are:

  • Viridian green
  • Cerulean blue
  • Yellow ochre
  • Burnt sienna
  • Raw sienna
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt umber.

Source Materials:

  • Sketches
  • Photographs, magazine cuttings and any other material that you might want to work from.

These are just recommendations, so if you have done oil painting before bring in whatever you want to use.

Meet the Tutor:

Explore how you can produce oil paintings that are both creative and technically sound by drawing inspiration from different visual sources. You will use photographs, magazine imagery, objects and memories as a starting point, and combine them through drawing, photocopying and collage. Plus, you will get a practical introduction to the technical aspects of oil painting. 

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