Experimental Oil Painting

Art |
14th January 2020

14 Jan – 11 Feb | 1.00 – 3.30 pm | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | £79 (5 weeks)

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop using oil paint in a more experimental way. You will explore a variety of oil painting techniques with an emphasis on experimental mark-making, colour balance, harmony and expression, and the basic elements of good composition. It will allow beginners to gain confidence and the more experienced to refresh their approaches.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

  • Explore and experiment with a variety of oil painting mark-making techniques.
  • Mix and paint colour with purpose.
  • Develop composition work.
  • Appreciate the work and oil painting techniques of other artists.
  • Methods of learning in the course:
  • Practical work. Demonstration. Group work. Group discussion. One-to-one. Looking at work by other artists. Peer learning. Self-assessment. Tutor assessment.

By the end of the course/workshop you will be capable of :

  • Applying different painting techniques to your own practise.
  • Having a more experimental approach to oil painting.
  • Mixing and painting colour with purpose and meaning.
  • Improved painted composition work.
  • Identifying other artists work that you find particularly inspiring or influential.

What do I need to bring with me?

All painting materials need to be provided by the students. Students are asked to bring a basic range of oil paints (concentrate on primary colours and those that can not be mixed with your range of colours), a range of brushes, material rags, turps or similar oil solvent (for washing brushes), pure turps and/or and artists oil medium to dilute your paint with, up to 4 surfaces to paint on to this first session (the surface should be well primed with an acrylic primer (e.g. gesso) and can be anything from paper to board to canvas (it does not have to be expensive).

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to dress accordingly.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor 

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award for young artists in 2001/2. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collections internationally and works from her home-based studio in Kendal. Her artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting. www.catherinemacdiarmid.co.uk

Catherine MacDiarmid


14th January 2020

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