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Landscape Oil Painting

Landscape Oil Painting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Henry Gibbons Guy


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. 

Topics covered

  • 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

Related courses

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

Tutor Description

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.


Materials list

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.
  • A selection of landscape drawings or photographs of landscapes you want to paint.

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

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

Available dates

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