Oil Painting for Beginners with Marie Mansfield | 2 day workshop Art Est Art School and Gallery

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Oil Painting for Beginners with Marie Mansfield | 2 day workshop

Oil Painting for Beginners with Marie Mansfield | 2 day workshop

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This class is for beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills. In this still-life painting class learn how to bring a sense of reality and atmosphere to your work. Over this 2 day workshop learn the fundamentals of tonal painting by observing light, tone and proportion. You will start with monochrome studies and learn how to mix colours tonally through a series of exercises and demonstrations to build on skills, finishing with studies in colour. 

Taught by award-winning artist Marie Mansfield, winner of the 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award and Finalist in the 2023 Archibald Prize, you will gain insights, learn techniques and build your skills with the best.

What to expect

This intensive oil painting workshop for beginners will:

  • Learn the basics of colour mixing, tone and form
  • Be shown methods to building a painting
  • Gain an understanding of tonal values, hue and chroma
  • Learn about oil painting techniques by doing various exercises and painting still-life set-ups

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for those new to painting, oil painters who want to go 'back to basics' or other artists with experience in other mediums who would like to learn to paint with oils.

Material List

If you do not have materials but are keen to try oil painting, you can add the Oil Painting Materials Fee to your cart ($50) and we will supply paints, brushes, mediums etc for you to use in class, along with the required canvasses.

ALL students will still need to bring:

  • Soft rags or a roll of paper towel
  • One or two jam jars with lids for mixing solvents and cleaning
  • Packet of sanitizing wipes: also for clean-up
  • Latex gloves if you are sensitive to oil paint etc.

If you are bringing your own materials you will need ALL of the following:

  • A Flat Paint Palette (Melamine or palette paper preferred). About A3 in size
  • A palette knife
  • 3 x  canvas boards of 10x12 inches (25x30cm), 12x14 inches (30x40cm), or similar (also available for purchase at Art Est (approx $7 each, subject to stock).
  • 1 x 150-250ml bottle of artist-quality ODOURLESS solvent - we recommend Gamsol

Paint brushes:  Neef 95 Synthetic Long Flat Brushes No. 4 and 6 (these sizes will differ with a different brand). Two of each size if you can afford it, but at least one of each size. If you have other similar brushes please bring them in addition to the Neef brushes. 

Oil paints: Buying cheap paints is a waste of money - we recommend purchasing 'Artist' quality paints. Art Spectrum is a good economical brand. 40ml tubes will be fine. 

Essential oil paint colours:

  • Titanium White, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber
  • Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Cerulean Blue Hue
  • Ultramarine Blue (Series 1), Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red

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.

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