From the Ground Up: A Process-Based Approach to Oil Painting (instructional video course)

October 26, 2021 - October 26, 2022



This is an online, pre-recorded course at  Join anytime and work at your own pace!

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 oil painting workshop, you will build a painting from the ground up. Steps in the process will include value studies, 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 how to follow the reference as a guide more than an ideal.


Drawing and shading skills; some oil painting experience recommended.

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October 26, 2021 - October 26, 2022
12:00 am