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Oil Painting Essentials and Beyond | Marie Mansfield

Course overview

This short course and is suitable for absolute beginners wanting to learn to paint with oils, but don’t know where to start as well as continuing students who will gain greater confidence in using oils. Over this 4 week stage, you will learn to paint with oil paints through a range of exercises designed to teach you the fundamentals and gain confidence week by week. Exercises will continue (with Still-life) so students will learn to observe light, tone and proportion to bring a sense of reality and atmosphere to their work. Marie Mansfield is an award winning artist who specialises in oils.

Images: Paintings by Marie Mansfield

What to expect

Students will learn through demonstration and practice the fundamentals of painting with oils including:
How to start and finish a painting
How to paint a still-life
Understand tone
How to mix colours
Composition and more

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for those new to painting, or those with experience in other mediums who would like to learn to paint with oils. Suitable for new and continuing students.

Materials

Students will need to bring the following:
A painting palette (melamine)
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 inch
Paint brushes: need 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).
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
Buying cheap paints is a waste of money – we recommend purchasing ‘Artist’ quality paints Art Spectrum is a good economical brand.

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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$300 Limited inc GST
Oil Painting Essentials and Beyond | Marie Mansfield

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Price excludes materials | Suitable for beginners and those with experience in other mediums who would like to learn oil painting. Note there are no classes on Public Holiday Monday 10 June.

Course testimonials:

  • A great beginner course. Learnt much about techniques and work practices for oils. Would have liked to do more classes.
  • I was really happy with the course I took. Marie was really great at explaining the thought process behind oil painting and how to achieve different effects (light quality, painting in a dark background, etc.) She was extremely approachable for questions, and at times of my painting frustration, she was really great at seeing and giving great feedback on what needed to change. She is a great tutor and I look forward to taking another class from her soon!
  • I mostly enjoyed Marie’s effectiveness in teaching me how to paint again!! She taught me some valuable skills in tonal study and how to view light on a subject. The participants were delightful and supportive. Sadly I cannot attend Mon-wed as I’ve accepted a new contract job.