Oil painting for beginners course

A traditional oil painting course


This 4 saturday classes course offers an active and energising introduction to oil painting. The course will breakdown many of the myths surrounding oil painting and enable students to become familiar with materials and painting techniques. The course will provide you with an introduction into tone, composition, drawing, colour theory and mark making. Working alongside a practising artist with one on one tutorials and demos you will become familiar with materials and painting techniques. The class is led by an artist with over 10 years of experience in oil painting. You will be learning traditional techniques alongside the opportunity to experiment and hone your skills and unique style.

By the end of this course you will: understand how to use oil paints. Be able to undertake a painting alone. Have proficiency in colour mixing, and have a good understanding of colour theory. Have an understanding of tone, composition, handling paint, and more and importantly by week four feel confident to continue the work alone at home! Finally you will also have a number of paintings to take away with you.

Course Content

Week one: Tone and composition
Tone. Working with a limited tonal palette, you will practice handling oil paint. Using a still life set up in the studio you will learn how to draw out the form and develop a basic tonal underpainting.
Week two: Colouring from the masters
We will start to understand how to handle colour and basic colour theory. Looking at master paintings we will start to work from existing paintings. Looking at colour mixing in practice, students will make a copy of a painting by another artist.
Week three: The still life
Working from a still life set up in the studio we will start to explore abstraction. Working from an elaborate textural still life, we will be using viewfinders to section areas of interest and have timed studies. We will look at contemporary artists for inspiration.
Week four: Abstract Composition
Bring your own resources this week preferably a selection of images you find inspiring or that you hold resonance with. This could be magazine cuttings or something you found online. Using all the accumulated skills students will develop their own painting from a photo. The aim will be to create an abstract painting that is born from the key elements of what inspires you about your chosen images.

Entry requirements

None. This course is suitable for both beginners and those looking to improve

Materials and Equipment

Some basic materials will be provided to get started. You will need to bring/buy extra materials as the month progresses, paints, brushes and canvases/paper. Participants are expected after the 2nd week to shop the brushes and paints they need to continue into week 3 and 4. Any questions about this you can just ask directly.

Booking and refund policy

To book your place on the course please email through to Burntsiennaberlin@gmail.com and you will be invoiced for the full amount. Once the fee is received your place on the course is secured. The class is limited to 5 places so booking in advance is essential. If for any reason you are unable to attend a full refund is available 10 days before the start of the course. If possible we can place you on a future course.

Any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Burnt Sienna Berlin:
+49 176/31665401.