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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners | Two Day Workshop

Course overview

Painting with oils will be demystified as you learn the fundamentals of oil painting in this two day workshop. Students will be guided step-by-step through the process of planning and painting in oil paints and take home your own colour charts and small finished paintings of a simple still life.

What to expect

You will work from a simple still life, and get a basic introduction to oil painting including:

  • how to set up your work area and painting palette and paint surfaces
  • how to mix colours
  • how to apply oil paints and be introduced to paint mediums
  • learning about composition
  • learn how to begin and work through to a finished painting
  • how to clean and care for your brushes

Is this course right for me?

No experience necessary. A perfect starting point for absolute beginners or artists used to working in other medium. A great class for senior high school visual art students.


Included in the course fee is use of our oil paints, mediums, brushes and also canvas or canvas paper. Please bring some rags and a notebook.

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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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the studio and I learnt so much in this workshop. It was so inspiring to have a wonderful tutor with such vast experience and knowledge. I would definitely do another of his workshops if they are held at weekends or in school holidays.
  • As an absolute beginner painter I was really pleased with this two day course. I have never had any drawing or painting classes but I felt very comfortable at the class where some of the attendees did have some experience. The tutor, James Tucker, was helpful, informative and provided support in a relaxed environment. He obviously has a lot of experience and a wide range of training and I was amazed just how much I learned from he and my fellow painters in just two days. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to take a beginners course in oil painting - it provides you with the tools and information you need to get started on a painting project at home. I found the venue to be a great environment for the workshop. I am impressed with the varied list of art and pottery classes and hope to return sometime soon for another class.