Introduction to Oil Painting – Part 1 (Wed 6pm)

Introduction to Oil Painting – Part 1 (Wed 6pm)

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Rebecca Hastings
Wed 1 May – Wed 5 Jun
6.00pm – 9.00pm 
Level – Beginners

This course introduces the complete beginner to the essential principles and practices of oil painting. It includes instruction on materials and methods of paint application, with particular emphasis on tone, and colour mixing. In a supportive atmosphere and working from direct observation, participants will complete a range of exercises including a tonal study, colour wheel, and two simple still-life arrangements.


Materials required:

Oil paints:

  • Titanium White*
  • Ivory Black*
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow Med
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue



  • Flat or Bright stiff synthetic bristle brushes sizes 2, 4, 6, 8. *
  • At least one Filbert stiff synthetic bristle brush in a size 4 or 6. *

(An approximation of these brush sizes will be acceptable.)


Oil Painting Medium(s):

  • Odourless solvent 500mls* (Gamsol or Langridge Solvent 75 recommended. Artist grade odourless solvents only; please, no turpentine or common hardware solvents are permitted in the classroom).
  • Gamblin’s Galkyd Gel – Optional, to be discussed in class.



  • 3 sheets A3 oil sketch/canvas paper (a larger sheet cut to size is also acceptable).*
  • One 16”x20” (40x50cm) and two 12”x16” (30x40cm) canvas boards.



  • A3 disposable palette.*
  • A small-medium palette knife. *
  • 2 small-medium glass jars with lids. *
  • A HB graphite pencil.
  • Paper towel and/or soft t-shirt or cotton rags*


*Asterisk indicates the materials that will be required for the first class.


Rebecca Hastings is a mid-career South Australian artist working from her home studio in the Adelaide Hills. Hastings holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) and a Master of Visual Art (Research). Awards and grants include Art SA Project grants, and a UniSA Graduate Research Travel and Research Support Scholarship enabling a research residency in Japan in 2017. Her work has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize 2015 (National Portrait Gallery, London), and a Finalist in a range of significant art prizes, including the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2021), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2012), the Sulman prize (2014 and 2015), and the Archibald prize (2014). Hastings has exhibited widely, with work held in collections nationally and internationally.


Please read the Terms and Conditions before completing your enrolment.


Categories:Short CoursesTerm 2 2024
Experience Level:Beginner

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