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

Wednesday, 20th November - 4 classes

Session ID HXD86606C
20 Nov - 11 Dec 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$325 / $244 (conc)
Nic Ives

Saturday, 15th February - 2 classes

Session ID HXD86601C
15 Feb - 22 Feb 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$325 / $309 (conc)
Nic Ives

Wednesday, 25th March - 4 classes

Session ID HXD86602C
25 Mar - 15 Apr 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$325 / $309 (conc)
Nic Ives

Week 1: Overview of painting equipment and materials – paints, surface preparation, mediums, palettes, qualities of paint, surfaces and mediums. Historical overview of painters and techniques.

Week 2: Colour theory. Oil painting preparation. Colour palette mixing.

Week 3: Chiaroscuro, painting onto a dark prepared ground.

Week 4: Painting into the future. pre-primed canvas. Glazes and dried paint. Glazing exercise.

For students attending the two session course, session 1 will cover content from weeks 1 & 2  and session 2 will cover content from weeks 3 & 4 (from the above weekly breakdown).


To purchase all the basics (brushes, paints, canvas, medium and palette knife) will cost approximately $100.

Art materials can vary in price widely. The better the quality the higher the cost is the general rule. It would be wise for students to invest in some good quality brushes as these are the tools of your trade and will have a big impact on the results you can achieve in your painting. 

Paints come in series from 1 to 5, the higher the series number the higher the price, this is because there is more pigment versus binder in the paint and so the brighter/more pure the colour – a little bit will go a long way. Series 1 paints are adequate for beginners but bear in mind spending more on higher series ranges will help rather than hinder your progress as a painter.

The basic 6 paints in the list below are essential as are at least 2 brushes a palette knife and some medium. There are many more optional extras in paints than listed here. The more colours you have in your paint box the easier it is to mix the colours that you see in real life. The still life subject in the second session should be achievable in colour range with the basics.



– Basic oils

Brands: Artist Spectrum (AS) or Windsor and Newton

Colours: Opaque or block white (titanium), Mixing white or Australian grey, French Ultramarine, Spectrum yellow, Spectrum red, Lamp black

Cost: approx. $10 each for 40ml, series one (lowest quality)


– Optional extras (higher series)

Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Raw Umber, Viridian Green, Lemon Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Pthalo Green, Cadmium Green…etc etc!



Hogs hair range: 

#8 – approx. $8 (optional extras – #12, #2)

Acrylic (soft,flat,square) range:

#2 – approx. $5 (optional extras – #10, #6)

Large house painting brush for priming (no smaller than 5cm in width) this can be bought from a hardware store for around $5.00



Refined linseed oil or equivalent oil painting medium 100ml $4.70



Students’ choice – oil painting paper/card, primed canvas or boards 

Ready made canvases can be bought quite cheaply from a good art store or alternatively buy stretcher bars and canvas piece (approx $30 for 10×14″size) and some Gesso oil primer (approx. $15.00) you will be shown how to stretch a canvas in the first session.



– Palette for mixing (wood or plastic) can be purchased from art store around $10 or bring an old ceramic plate from home 

– Palette knife

– Metal or glass container for medium

– Rags

– Sketch book with good quality cartridge paper approx A4 in size or larger


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: November 13, 2019 04:39pm