Term 3 Introduction to Oil Painting – Part 1

Term 3 Introduction to Oil Painting – Part 1

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Melaine Brown
Sat 3 Aug – Sat 7 Sep
9.30am – 12.30pm 
Level – Beginners

This course introduces a complete beginner to the essential principles and practices of oil painting. It is also suited to participants that have completed Oil Painting Fundamentals previously, as different techniques will be covered. The course includes instruction on materials, methods of paint application and insights into key elements of tone and colour.


Commencing with a monochromatic tonal scale followed by a simple alla prima still life, participants learn to read value, colour as tone whilst sampling brushwork techniques all through direct observation. A colour theory exercise leads into a colour still life, applying indirect painting methods including glazing, paint layering and blending processes.


An engaging introduction to oil painting in a supportive atmosphere!


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.
  • 1-2 sheets A3 oil sketch/canvas paper (a larger sheet cut to size is also acceptable).*
  • One 8 x 10-inch 16”x 20” canvas board.
  • 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.


Melanie Brown completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) in 2008 at Adelaide Central School of Art, having been awarded several scholarships and the Alumni Award. She has won awards including the Clifton’s Art Prize in 2008, the Loreto Star Portrait Prize in 2013 and the Kennedy Art Prize People’s Choice Award for 2015. Melanie has an extensive exhibition history in addition to lecturing at Adelaide Central School of Art. Melanie has received corporate and private commissions for her paintings both locally and overseas.


Please read the Terms and Conditions before completing your enrolment.


Categories:Term 3 2024Short Courses
Experience Level:Beginner
Content Type:Still Life

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