Introduction To Oil Painting

Art |
17th September 2019

17 Sep – 15 Oct | 1.00 – 3.30 pm | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | £79 (5 weeks)

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop using oil paint. It will cover the basics, such as equipment, surface preparation, colour mixing and painting techniques, allowing beginners to gain confidence and the more experienced to refresh their approaches.

You will learn to paint from still life where subject matter is needed, as well as by looking at work by established artists.

-What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
During the course you will learn to:

  • Prepare and use appropriate surfaces to use oil paint on.
  • Explore and experiment with a variety of oil painting techniques and colour palettes.
  • Appreciate some technical methods of using oil paints and develop a personal language with the medium.
  • 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 :

  • Understanding what surfaces can be used and how they should be prepared.
  • Applying painting techniques to your own practice.
  • Choosing and mixing with an effective colour palette.
  • 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. The first class will deal with equipment considered necessary by the tutor for use during the course plus recommended colours to buy. Students are asked to bring one dark oil paint (black, burnt umber, ultramarine blue or another dark colour of your choice), a brush, material rags, turps or similar oil solvent (for washing brushes) and one surface to paint on to this first session (the surface should be well primed with an acrylic primer (e.g. gesso).

Students should also bring a small notebook and pencil.

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 semifinals 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.

Catherine MacDiarmid


17th September 2019

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