From the Ground Up: A Process-Based Approach to Oil Painting **In Person**

July 18, 2022 - July 22, 2022




A successful painting is not about the end product – it’s about the process. A deliberate, thoughtful approach that balances planning with experimental curiosity puts the focus on how you are painting, rather than what you are painting. Paradoxically, by putting your focus on a thoughtful process rather than the outcome, the end product tends to be more successful.

In this immersive 5-day oil painting workshop, you will build a painting from the ground up. Steps in the process will include considerations for canvas preparations, underpainting, colour pre-mixing, first pass, and second pass.

You will learn about oil painting supplies and materials, how to paint an imprimatura, the importance of dedication to the process rather than the outcome, creating a convincing sense of volume and form through paint application and colour temperature relationships, and colour mixing techniques – all with a modified direct painting (alla prima) approach. The style of painting will be representational but not photo-realistic, allowing for a painterly feel. You will learn to how to follow the reference as a guide more than an ideal.

You will work from your own photo reference (ideally figurative or portraiture, but not required), a studio-provided photo reference, or a still life setup. There will be instructor demos, discussions and explanations, and plenty of hands-on painting time and individual feedback.

Beginners are encouraged to work in monochrome (white + brown or black paint) if preferred, to simplify the process and focus on paint application rather than colour mixing.


Drawing and shading experience is necessary; oil painting experience is helpful but not required. Some preparation prior to the workshop is required.

Registration Details

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Suppy List

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July 18, 2022 - July 22, 2022
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Nicole Sleeth Atelier
302-549 1/2 Fisgard St.
Victoria, BC, V8W 1R5