I’ve so often heard art students say how much they’d like to try oils, but don’t really know where to start, or feel too intimidated to try them.
The Intro to Oil Painting Techniques course, located in the beautiful surroundings of the Birmingham and Midlands Institute, aims to gently introduce you to the materials used in oil painting and to show you how accessible and beautiful a medium it can be.
Once you try oils, you’ll never go back!
On the course itself I’ll get you familiar with using oil paints and mediums. I’ll show you how to make your own mounted canvas frames (canvas is notoriously expensive, so why not prepare your own?).
We’ll learn to prime your canvas for painting, how to do an underpainting in monochrome, and the technique of ‘fat over lean’.
I’ll show you how to lay out an organised palette, work with limited colours, lay down a tonal ground, value studies, and of course the basics of colour mixing itself.
We’ll be setting up still life’s that are stimulating and contain drama. We’ll be looking at how to tackle a landscape, portraits, the benefits of studying a Master copy painting and painting the figure using this most versatile of mediums.
The 10-week course will cost £250 in total, which can be paid in two instalments after confirming your place with a deposit of £100.
Unfortunately, I can only offer a maximum of 10 places for each class, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
All basic materials will be provided, including easels, brushes, palettes, and paints. Although a personal sketchbook is certainly not mandatory, I recommended it. Brushes are provided, but they are basic, so I strongly advise students to bring their own. A set of synthetic brushes can be purchased from Cass Art on Corporation St.
Wednesday evening 10-week course (18:30-21:00):
Start date 6th May 2020
End date- 8th July 2020
To guarantee a place on the course a ￡100 deposit is required when booking. The remainder of the payment (￡150) is to be paid in full by the 5th May 2020