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Whether you work representationally or abstract, this course will build on your existing skills and explore avenues of diverse techniques in oil painting.
Using varied working methods you will expand your expression and confidence using the medium. Detailed demonstrations and informative lectures will throw light on the materials and processes to inform and inspire your self-directed projects.
You will be shown how to create mood and atmosphere using colour harmony and contrasts, gain an understanding of saturation and values and practice effective colour mixing techniques. You will explore the benefits of a limited colour palette, methods of oil glazing and grisaille underpainting as well as dealing with the complexities of composition and reduced paint application.
Particular emphasis will be given to direct painting without the use of drawing or preparatory line in order to achieve a fresh and energetic painting. Critical advice will be provided as and when needed throughout the day.
Who should attend Oil Painting Level 2 short course?
This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced painters, with a knowledge of working in oils, wishing to expand their language in painting, using an expanded number of diverse methods and techniques.
Clear, easy to understand lessons:
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Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
Please note that studio safe solvent and medium is provided by the college. Students are advised not to bring their own products for health and safety purposes.
*While an A2 canvas board is recommended by the tutor, you are welcome to bring additional boards, canvases or other painting surfaces in your preferred size or shape.
For general painting we would recommend using the following brushes and sizes:
Brush sizes are dictated by the size of the painting you are working on, so please scale up as necessary. Oil painting brushes usually have long handles, but the smaller sizes used for detail may have shorter ones. Hog hair brushes are traditional and great to use, but good quality synthetic ones can be just as good.
Please note - Students should make arrangements to take their work home at the end of the course. Any work that is left in the studio, during or after the course, is at a student’s own risk. In such circumstances students should ensure that work is clearly labelled with their name, course title and dates. Work will be kept for no longer than one month after the end of the course. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.
Most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.
Join Oil Painting Level 2 and further advance your understanding of working with oil paint.