Landscape Oil Painting
This course will encourage you to connect with the raw and immediate experience of an image. You will explore colour, texture, and composition in order to develop your imagination and experimentation. Your own landscape drawings or photographs can be used as a starting point.
- Choosing the right images that have the potential to become paintings
- Considering possible compositions
- Different methods of transferring the image: squaring-up, photocopying, tracing
- The essentials of oil painting: colour mixing, tone, texture
- Taking inspiration from past and present painters
- Working on a variety of scales and surfaces
- An open approach directed towards each student's needs
The course is suitable to all levels, including students with some previous experience. Numbers are kept to a maximum of 15 (sometimes fewer), which gives time for the tutor to go round and give one-to-one advice according to individual needs.
Who should take this course?
- Students with some previous experience who want to learn new techniques to push their practice further
- Undergraduate art and design students wishing to improve their painting skills
- Those who want to strengthen their skills and portfolio in order to apply for study at art colleges
- Beginners with a keen interest in painting
Entry requirements: None
Students doing this course and wanting to enhance their oil painting skill further may be interested in also taking our other oil painting courses focusing on different subjects: Still Life Oil Painting and Figure Oil Painting
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Henry Gibbons Guy teaches drawing and painting at The Drawing School and Central Saint Martins and he is an associate lecturer on Central Saint Martins' BA Graphic Design course. He studied BA Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, moved to London for 2 years study at The Prince's Drawing School. Henry worked as The Drawing School's printmaking technician for two years and Lead Tutor on their Young Artists Programme.
Please bring to the first session:
- a wide range of artists' oil paints: Titanium White, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red, Windsor Violet, Cadmium Yellow & Lemon Yellow, and Raw Umber
- a stretched canvas 24 x 30 inches (approximately) and/or hardboard.
- palette ( wooden or plastic), and palette knife ( around 2 inch long) purified linseed oil, brushes ( at least one size 12 flat, some round and one small round size 3), kitchen roll/rags
- odourless mineral spirit: Sansodor, Shellsol T or Zest-IT.
- A selection of landscape drawings or photographs of landscapes you want to paint.
Note for all courses: Use of turpentine or white spirit is not allowed. Vegetable oil is a cleaner, cheaper, safer and odour-free alternative. It is also environmental friendly and safer for people with skin allergies