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All About Materials with Liz O'Reilly | One day workshop

This is a wide ranging class for anyone who would like to get a taster and brief overview of three different paint media | Acrylics, Oils, Watercolours. Whether you have used one, two or absolutely none, you will have a great day learning about this history of each, how to apply each, what tools are available to you to use with your media (such as mediums) and much more. If you’ve ever wandered through an art store and been overwhelmed with the range of materials on show but have no idea what you need, then this is a perfect introduction. All the materials are supplied for use in class, and you can bring along anything from your own art kit that bewilders you too!

Acrylic Paints | Ease of use, bright colours and freedom from tradition are what makes acrylics so appealing. From the history of their manufacturing to the amazing range of contemporary acrylic mediums now available, find out all about acrylics and how to use them.

Oil Paints | Understand traditional oil painting techniques through to contemporary practices. We will explore the whole range – conventional oils and mediums, fast-drying oils, water-mixable oils and oil bars. There will be lots of paint to try, so no need to bring your own materials.

Watercolour paints | Pigments, binders, watercolours and gouache are the oldest materials artists have been known to work with. This intensive workshop will look at paint fundamentals, the history of pigments and the evolution of colours. Experiment with all the different types of watercolour media, including the latest colours and surprising new watercolour technology.

Is this course right for me?

No experience necessary. It’s a great start for absolute beginners and curious artists.


Included in the course fee is use of our media to try

  • Bring a notebook + pencil
  • Bring a pad of mixed media paper
  • If you have paints/mediums etc that you do not know how to use, bring these with you.

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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