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Oil Painting Essentials with Marie Mansfield | Intermediate

This course is suitable for painters with some experience with oils, who 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 choice 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 those with experience in oil painting or with experience in other mediums and who 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 x 500ml bottle of ODOURLESS solvent
  • Rags or a roll of paper towel
  • One or two jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and cleaning 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
  • Paintbrushes: 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

About studio classes

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

Unless otherwise noted, prices *exclude* art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Art Est accepts the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, Parents NSW Voucher and NSW Discover Voucher. You must use your voucher at the time of booking. To book with a Service NSW voucher, you will need to book over the phone or with our voucher booking form. Please note: we cannot accept the Service NSW vouchers via our online checkout. 

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Course testimonials:

  • I got what I needed and a lot more from this course.I wanted to know how to get started with painting in oils-preparing the surface and how to approach a painting. In a really laid back way, Marie got me past self consciousess, got me thinking tonally and with a gentle yet authoritative manner she guides the class and each individual in everything from mixing colours to ways of seeing. SO much learning in four short weeks. Our class had students ranging from accomplished painters to absolute beginners at any kind of painting and we all came such a long way under Marie's tutelage. I hope that I can learn from her again, it was a thoroughly enriching and inspiring experience.
  • Marie is a fabulous teacher, generous with her knowledge & encouragement.
  • A well thought through progression through tone, shape, colour . Marie was a delightful tutor and I enjoyed our 4 week introduction to oils very much.