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Oil Painting Introduction – 2 days (MARGATE)


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Learn how to handle oils

Oils are like the posh aunt in art terms: she’s hard to handle but has fine qualities. Led by an experienced oil painter this course will pass on hints on tips including how to layer up your painting, keep colours fresh, maximise working times,  avoid cracking and ensure that your paintings last longer than you.


Some prior experience of acrylics  is required.




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Oil Painting Introduction – 2 days (MARGATE)
Event Dates
21 Mar 2019 at 10:30 am 21 Mar 2019 at 04:00 pm
10 Oct 2019 at 10:30 am 10 Oct 2019 at 04:00 pm

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

Day 1
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 and how to put this into practice,

Day 2
On day  2, participants 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 tutor) 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.

Some xperience of working with acrylics is required 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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