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, 14th October - 4 classes

Session ID HXD86606C
14 Oct - 4 Nov 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$329 / $313 (conc)
Nic Ives

Saturday, 20th November - 2 classes

Session ID HXD86605C
20 Nov - 27 Nov 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$329 / $313 (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).

Please bring the following materials to class.

(Brands: Artist Spectrum (AS) or Windsor and Newton)
Titanium White
Phthalo Blue
Prussian Blue
Spectrum (or Cadmium) Red
Spectrum (or Cadmium) Yellow

– Optional extras (higher series)
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson,
Cadmium Red,
Cadmium Yellow,
Raw Umber,
Viridian Green,
Lemon Yellow,
Cerulean Blue,
Pthalo Green,
…etc etc!

Selection of hog hair #2 – #6
Selection of nylon bristle #00 – #4

Gum Turpertine solvent, or Odourless Solvent


Ready made Stretched Canvas or
primed canvas boards

1 x A4 (approx 8″x12″)
2 x A3 (approx 12″ x16″)
Ready made canvases can be bought quite cheaply from a good art store or alternatively buy stretcher bars and canvas piece

– Palette for mixing (wood or plastic) can be purchased from art store around $10 or bring an old ceramic plates from home
– Palette knife
– Metal or glass container for medium
– Rags


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: September 20, 2021 04:31pm