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Oil painting 2 days (MARGATE)


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Ever wanted to paint?
Have you dabbled with acrylics but want to try oils?

The course has been carefully devised and tested over time and seems to work with all students. Over the weekend we will systematically take you through exercises and impart professional techniques whilst teaching. Students not only learn about oils but make significant personal progress thanks to the high-grade creative directional support from highly experienced painters.

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Oil painting 2 days (MARGATE)
Event Dates
6 Oct 2018 at 10:30 am 7 Oct 2018 at 04:00 pm
21 Mar 2019 at 10:30 am 22 Mar 2019 at 04:00 pm
10 Oct 2019 at 10:30 am 11 Oct 2019 at 04:00 pm

This course comprises a blend of theory and practice. The main aim of the course is to teach an understanding of how to handle oils through practice to ensure a solid foundation to ensure confidence and continuation with oils beyond the course.

As well as a wealth of information each student will be coached to ensure that overall painting skills also advance.

Day 1 – work from a still life
We’ll cover the basics of oils whilst working on a simple still life to allow the gradual build of paint handling skills and digestion of information, but more importantly how to put this into practice,

e’ll cover the basic science behind oils, how to lay a palette, basic colour mixing, laying a tonal ground and work with paint mediums,  brush selection and choosing supports.

Day 2 – project of your choice
On day  2, you can work on a project of your personal choice but we make sure its a good next step project, beginners often select a landscape or seascape as a next step project (working from their own photographic reference or one of ours. More advanced students are welcome to tackle an abstract at this point. Although students will make a start on a second piece it is unlikely that this will be completed in a single day. Students can either take work home wet (if transported i a protected way in a car), or students are welcome to collect work the following week when touch dry.

Class sizes are kept small (no more than 8 students per art coach) to ensure that you receive plenty of individual support. 


  • Equipment and materials needed including mediums
  • Understanding the chemistry behind oils to ensure your painting will last longer than you.
  • Safe studio practice
  • Brush selection and care
  • Painting supports
  • How to lay a palette and basic colour mixing
  • Painting mediums and how to handle them
  • How to return to a painting once it has dried out
  • Techniques to maximise progress in a single session
  • An overview of different painting techniques and approaches (including some of the techniques employed by today’s leading practitioners)
  • Professional tips to advance your painting

Students get to take home their work plus a set of notes which will enable continuation at home.

Suitable for absolute beginners as well as returners and self-taught improvers. Returners often studied art to GCSE or A’level grade.

It is preferable that students have some experience of working with acrylics prior to taking this course.

If pregnant please do advise in advance as we prefer to use traditional mediums. We can change this if someone on the course is pregnant. The studio is however well ventilated and only small quantities of mediums are used. We also ensure safe practices are taught and implemented.


Includes basic materials but excludes canvases which can be purchased on the day. Advise will be given on where you can also buy these prior to the class start.

Do search out visual reference for day 2 if wishing to paint a landscape or seascape –  this might include a favourite personal scene. Do bring a selection of images as advise is given on the type of image that may work effectively and is appropriate according to your current level.

Location: 170 High St, Margate, Kent CT9.

Please call 0208 1665 134 on arrival for directions.


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