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Online | Oil Painting Essentials with Marie Mansfield | Intermediate

Course overview

This course is suitable for painters with some experience with oils, and would like to continue to evolve their practice. Over 8 weeks, you will continue to paint with oil paints through a range of subject matter of your choosing and gain confidence week by week. By painting various subjects, students will explore and observe light, tone and proportion to bring a sense of reality and atmosphere to their work – as well as encourage their own vision and style.

What to expect

Your tutor, Marie Mansfield, is an award winning artist who specialises in oils and will act as a mentor, giving you personal critique each week as you work on your project/s.

What you will achieve

Students will continue to explore through their own practice the fundamentals of painting with oils, including:

  • How to start and finish a painting
  • How to paint a still-life of their choosing.
  • Understanding tone and how to mix colours
  • Understanding Composition

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for with experience in oil painting or with experience in other mediums and would like to learn to paint with oils.

Material List

Students will need to have the following:

  • Titanium White and Raw umber acrylic paint for the ‘mid-tone ground’ to prepare the surface for painting.
  • A painting palette (melamine approx A3 size)
  • A palette knife
  • 1 × 500ml bottle of ODOURLESS solvent
  • Rags or a roll of paper towel
  • One or two jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and clean up
  • You will need several canvases or canvas boards over the term. For the first class bring along a canvas or canvas board approx 10x12 inches
  • Paint brushes: long flat brushes (synthetic) in sizes 4, 6 and 8

Oil paints
If you already have oil paints bring what you have to the first lesson. If you don’t already have oil paints the following is a good selection of colours that will keep you going (small tubes are fine). Buying cheap paints is a waste of money – we recommend purchasing ‘Artist’ quality paints. Art Spectrum is a good economical brand. For the first lesson please bring Raw Umber and white.

Recommended list:
Titanium White or Zinc White, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, yellow ochre.
COOL COLOURS: Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue (hue will do)
WARM COLOURS: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue

This course will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our courses have been designed to run online therefore artists from all over the country are very welcome to enrol. We do hope to return to face-to-face studio classes in the nearby future and Art Est will inform students once this is possible. To see our latest Covid-19 updates visit: artest.com.au/coronavirus

Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • Marie is a great teacher who gave us all individual insight and tips to improve our work.
  • Marie is a fabulous teacher, generous with her knowledge & encouragement.
  • Marie is very informative and educates well in her tutorials by example and instruction. Marie is always ready to answer questions or to explain information repeatedly. Also the pace of the class is good.