Friday Mornings – An Introduction to Oil Painting


For beginners or intermediate artists who want to get going with oil paint and colour
Tutor: Rebecca Cartwright de Fontenelle

Friday mornings 10am-1pm for 12 weeks
Autumn Term 9th September – 9th December
(Half Term 21st & 28th October, two weeks)

  • Learn to paint in oils from the beginning
  • Find out how to mix colour
  • Understand the mechanics of oil paint
  • Establish some essential studio skills

There is a reason that the vast majority of painters who work from observation will end up using oil paint at least some of the time. Ever since the Renaissance it has remained the most powerful and flexible of media. It does have a reputation for being a bit tricky for beginners and it’s true, without a bit of tuition it is entirely possible to feel that you are ploughing a field of mud.

With proper tuition you’ll get on top of the medium and find that oils are the friendliest of all the paints, far from being tricky, they are the perfect tool for observational painting and visual expression.

You will be provided with a list of materials to include seven or eight colours, a couple of brushes and other bits and pieces you’ll need. You may also purchase your materials at our studio, our prices are competitive.

About Rebecca Cartwright de Fontenelle

Rebecca gained her BA at the Slade where she was a student of Euan Uglow and has an MA in printmaking from Winchester. She has taught widely including at the Royal College of Art. She won the Bulldog Trust award at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and has works in private collections around the world.  She is not bound to any particular genre but sees art as a way of exploring and explaining the world she finds herself in.


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