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Oil Painting Master Class | Painting the Nude with Matilda Michell

Course overview

This one day workshop will discuss strategies for painting the nude in oil. Students will learn how to light a figure effectively, discuss a range of possible flesh palettes and the role of the ground colour for painting flesh. We will produce two small studies and work up one sustained nude painting from a life model.

What to expect

You will learn about

  • approaches to underpainting
  • mixing flesh tones in your colour palette
  • lighting your subject and more

Is this course right for me?

This master class is suited to those with prior oil painting experience who would like to learn or improve their skills in painting the nude.


Please bring the following:

  • A canvas about 14"x18", two A4 pieces of cardboard or oil painting paper (300 gsm is best for cardboard)
  • Brushes | Princeton or art basics are good brands that are not too expensive | 3 or 4 filbert brushes Size 1 | 3 or 4 filbert brushes Size 4 | 3 or 4 filbert brushes Size 8
  • Rags
  • Odourless solvent or a brush cleaner (eg Disolv) for cleanup. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the studios. You tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.
  • Small bottle of ‘Lean’ medium (Art Spectrum or Archival brand ) or odourless solvent and small bottle of stand oil to make your own medium in class.
  • Small palette knife
  • Palette
  • Willow charcoal
  • Oil Paints.* The list of recommended colours are | Titanium white | Yellow Ochre | Raw Umber | Terra rosa| Indian red | Ivory Black | Bright Red (spectrum red or winsor red depending on brand) | Alizarin Crimson hue or Quinacridone Magenta | We recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints (Art Spectrum oils are a good, reasonably priced brand) or brands that have a ‘student quality’ (Winsor & Newton)_

If you already have a set of oil paints, just bring those and we can adjust the palette to suit.

Our workshops are now delivered virtually via ZOOM. Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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Course testimonials:

  • Terrific master class with Matilda. An easy going, but focused class, with plentiful reference material, and perceptive attention and advice. Highly recommended.
  • Wonderful. Loved every minute
  • Great.. .. thank you