Course Summary

Learn to use oil paint like a professional artist. This course will cover the many facets of oil painting techniques from paint application to surface preparation, mediums and finishing and glazing.

Course Sessions

Thursday, 25th July - 4 classes

Session ID HXD86604C
25 Jul - 15 Aug 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$359 / $341 (conc)
Anna Steele

Saturday, 7th September - 2 classes

Session ID HXD86605C
7 Sep - 14 Sep 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$359 / $341 (conc)
Anna Steele

Thursday, 21st November - 4 classes

Session ID HXD86606C
21 Nov - 12 Dec 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$359 / $341 (conc)
Anna Steele

Week 1
Overview of all materials and safety procedures, preparatory sketching and composition, begin basic tonal painting exercise

Week 2
Colour properties and mixing, palette and surface preparation, begin new still life painting on canvas

Week 3
Begin new still life object painting focusing on light and shadow and complex colour mixing

Week 4
Portrait painting with detailed step-by-step breakdown, skin tone colour mixing, composition and using your own creative flair to make a resolved artwork

*Please note that all wet paintings may be left in the studio each week but everything must be collected within two weeks of the course finish date as per arranged with CAE staff.

Anna Steele

Artist Anna Steele holds a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from RMIT University (2009) and has been exhibiting locally and internationally since. She recently graduated with a Master of Contemporary Art from the VCA in 2020.

Anna’s practice has always been themed around the landscape. Over the last couple of years while being embedded in the city, her work has been about envisioning spaces beyond the built environment. From traversing the imaginary to finally being able to return to nature and more wild spaces.

40ml tubes ok
Titanium White
Burnt Sienna
Ultramarine Blue
Napthol Red (alternatives are spectrum red or cadmium red light)
Arylide yellow (alternatives are spectrum yellow or cadmium yellow light)

Optional (but great to have in your tool box)
Alizarin Crimson
Lemon Yellow
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Prussion Blue

A selection of small, medium and large brushes specifically for oil painting. 

Odourless solvent (small bottle). 
Oil Medium #1 or #2 (small bottle)

A pad of oil sketch paper (A4 sized pad or lat least 4 single sheets)

– A pad of tear-off disposable palette paper (definitely the lesser messy option)
– An old ceramic dinner plate or
– A plastic art shop one (do not purchase wood or porous surface palette)
Palette knife for mixing paint
2 x SMALL metal or plastic screw top jars/containers (lids are a must)
Old rags or paper towel (you can dispose of them in the classroom each week)
Disposable gloves (optional)
Apron or shirt for protection from good clothes (optional)


Notification of a class cancellation will be advised 48 hours prior to the course commencement date. We advise to purchase your materials once you have received email confirmation that your class is proceeding as scheduled. All efforts are made to ensure that our classes proceed to avoid disappointment.

This course is aimed at beginners with some limited experience of painting. Students may already have completed the ‘Painting: Beginners’ course but this is not essential.

Last updated: July 12, 2024 04:31pm