For Art classes and workshops in and around Leighton Buzzard

Oil Painting


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Times and dates for Oil Painting:

Mondays 14.00-16.00 Heath Village Barn, Eastern Way, Heath and Reach Beds.

10 weekly sessions, from 16th April – 2nd July 2018 (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays 7th and 28th May.)

What happens during the classes:

This class deals with the properties of oil paint, – how it works, which thinners to use when, which supports ( canvas, board, wood etc.,) tools and brushes to use for particular effects and how to look after them.

Techniques such as how to mix and blend colours, apply glazes or work impasto are explained and demonstrated.

With such a versatile painting medium it’s possible to tackle all sorts of subjects, including still life, portraits, landscapes and abstract ideas. I lead the class for some sessions, demonstrating a particular technique and we work on themes that allow everyone to follow their own preference, so you will be encouraged to develop your own style by trying out different ideas and methods.

Please note: No materials or equipment can be provided (including boards/canvasses/easels) – although I can usually lend a brush or spare some paint etc., if you’re short!

 Please contact me for a list of materials if you haven’t been to this class before.

What to expect at the first session:

We are currently working on the theme of “Glassy and Glossy” which can be interpreted in many different ways: think of a landscape with reflective/shining water, or the glossy fur/feathers of an animal or bird; perhaps it makes you think of juicy fruit or the dark skin of an aubergine; perhaps you’d like to try painting glass or fabric? (You will need to bring a photograph or some objects to paint from.)

I anticipate that this piece of work will take several weeks to complete, (as oil paintings generally do!) and might perhaps last till half-term.


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