What is the course about?
This course is designed to provide Intermediate and Advanced level Learners with an opportunity to develop and improve their oil painting skills and gain a broader understanding of this versatile medium. Experiment with various textures and oil painting techniques to develop a series of studies which consider the relationship between positive and negative form and the subject of a painting and its surface. You will explore the traditional and contemporary materials and methods of oil painting. Topics will include constructing canvases, priming, preparing grounds (including gesso) and use of dammar varnish and mastic mediums, egg tempera. Instruction will be given on paint handling, working with varied consistencies of paint and brushwork. Emphasis will be placed upon the art of looking, concentrating upon selection and composition, colour and tonal relationships. Through practical examples, individual and group discussion, you will learn how to start, develop and resolve a painting. Participants will work from still-life subjects and other observational sources.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This course is suitable for learners who have some experience of working with oil paint. Not suitable for beginners.
What topics does the course cover?
Priming, preparing grounds, colour theory, mixing colour, developing skills in mixing observed colour, exploration of the various textures of oil paint, paint handling, brushwork, selection and composition.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Learners will receive feedback on progress from the tutor regularly. At the end of the term learners will assess individual progress and progression with the tutor.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
Some basic materials are provided. There will be a recommended amount of additional materials required for this course, advice will be given on the first class as to what and where to buy materials. Suggestions; pencil - 4B grade, rubber, pen, 1-inch roll of masking tape.4 brushes: ½ & ¼ inch round hog hair, ¼ & ¾ inch hog hair flat. palette or pad of disposable paper palettes & a palette knife.Student quality oil colour paint set. bEssential colours – black, titanium white, cadmium red hue, alizarin crimson, lemon yellow, ultramarine blue.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
Learners can progress on to a range of creative courses such as Portraiture and Life Painting.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
Learners can go on to other creative arts courses such as life drawing and painting or portraiture.