Oil Painting for Beginners to Intermediate
This course is designed for anyone who has wanted to learn the fundamentals of oil painting. We will cover the basics of how to arrange an oil palette and mixing an initial nine pools of colour from light to dark. How to paint a range of objects, starting with the monochromatic before moving on to colour. While developing the knowledge of the relationship of both drawing and the modelling of form to painting, the main aim of this class will be to see and correctly record tone. Some prior drawing experience is recommended but not essential. Beginner to intermediate experience.
- Week 1: In the first introductory class students will make a drawing of a prescribed white object, either a skull or copy of an antique statue. The aim of this class will be to establish the scale and proportions of the object that will begin to be painted in the following week. Students must bring paper, willow charcoal, an eraser along with large metal clips to attach their drawing to the support provided.
- Week 2: Students will prime their canvas with a thin neutral colour well in advance of the second class and transfer their drawing to the support (This will be discussed in detail at the beginning of Week 1). In this class we will discuss how to arrange an oil palette and mix nine pools of colour for painting. The remainder of the class will address how to broadly see and block in the major tonal masses of the object and background.
- Week 3-4: Depending on the level of each student, we will continue to address the major tonal masses, or move on to more specific gradations of light and shade.
- Week 5-8: Portrait sitting. Students will be guided through the process of painting a portrait. Arranging a nine pool colour palette. Laying in the main tonal masses. Establishing successive bands of tone. The anatomical structure of the head and composition will also be addressed.
PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Gain an understanding of and an ability to record tonal values in oil painting.
- Learn to empricially observe and address the interelationship of form, tone and volume in any object.
- Percieve of colour in relation to tone.
- Gain an understanding of how to compose a portrait.
- Lay in and refining flesh tones.
- Understand the strcuture of the head and its relationship to the the body.
- Make use of and identify a variety of painting materials.
- 2x sticks of willow charcoal
- Kneadable eraser
- 1x A3 sheet of drawing paper
- Paper clips for support
- Large inexpensive wooden palette
- Palette knife
- Linen rags or paper towels for cleaning.
- Linseed oil
- Glass jar with lid
- 6x oil painting brushes (I recommend Isabey synthetic)
- Stretched and primed cotton or linen canvas 24cm x 36cm
- Initial Oil Paints: Titanium white, Yellow ochre, Burnt umber, Mars Black, Cadmium Red
Sat 23 Feb - 30 Mar 2019
10.00 AM - 1.00 PM
72 Bathurst Street
'Dominique is a knowledgeable and patient teacher. Able to break down and explain steps easily. I felt I could take away what I learned and practice at home. Looking forward to more classes in future.'