Friday – Skills Part 2

A foundation in the elements of visual art – Introduction to oil painting

For beginners or advanced artists with gaps in their skills set.

Friday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm
Autumn Term September 13th – December 6th
Half term October 25th

  • Learn to paint in oils from the beginning
  • Understand the mechanics of oil paint
  • Discover ways of looking that lead to successful images
  • Embrace your own visual language in this powerful medium

Having completed the Essentials of Drawing students move on to this course where we learn the mechanics of working with oil paint and explore our visual perception.

We will be following a path well trodden, even if, in this age of Instagram and high concepts, it is over-covered in leafmould and moss.

Ruskin, who by coincidence lived very near our studio, outlined the elements of drawing in “Three Letters to Beginners“. He saw the development of perception as the most important skill and all of the practical tasks he suggests go towards this greater objective.

Our course draws on his approach beginning with the most basic mark making, the vowels and consonants of the visual language. It proceeds through all of the elements towards complete fluency in image making.

We will be working mostly from observation so this will include still life and 2d reference in a studio setting. You will be challenged but you may progress at your own pace: there will be agreed way marks, when you arrive at them is up to you.

Course fees

12 weeks £350

You can secure your place on the course by paying a £50 deposit. The balance will be due one week before the commencement of the course. Failure to pay the balance on time could lead to losing your place and your deposit.


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