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Oil Painting Workshop - Know your tools


When it comes to oil painting a lot of artists and students get confused and sometimes intimidated as it looks so complex. There are also concerns about health and safety issues, paintings cracking, layering of paint “fat over lean” and many more. The reality is that there are a lot of mis-conceptions surrounding oil painting which could be overcome by understanding the materials that you are using.

The aim of this workshop is to help you understand the various art materials available on the market including painting surfaces, oil paints and media used for oil painting. We will do some practice on colour mixing by painting a simple object from life and a landscape using both direct and indirect methods.

The workshop will consist partly in a discussion about art materials where I will share with you some secrets and what I have learned throughout the years. Although today there is a lot of information on the net, unfortunately most of the information is either confusing or incorrect. This workshop is based on referenced sources about art materials. The painting style is realism using a classical technique of oil painting.

Day 1.                   10 am – 1 pm

Introduction to the various art materials including:

  • Using oil paints and health concerns: the mis-conceptions.
  • Painting supports Canvases and linens
  • Oil pigments (paints): we will look into detail of the properties of each of the most commonly used paints
  • Oil painting media including various oils and solvents (Turpentine, odourless mineral spirits, walnut oil, linseed oil, stand oil, safflower oil etc)
  • How to prepare your own slow drying media
  • Discuss brushes and palettes suitable for oil painting.
  • Varnishes

Demonstrations of:

  • Canvas stretching on stretchers
  • Canvas board preparation
  • Pre-staining of canvas for painting
  • Varnishing of paintings

1 pm – 1:30 pm     Lunch Break

1:30 – 4:00 pm    Painting Session

During this workshop we will paint a landscape using the indirect method. On day one we will complete the underpainting with first layer of paint.


10 AM – 4 PM  (Lunch at 12:30 - 1 pm).

We will start the day by doing an exercise in colour mixing, by comparing to real objects from life.

We will then proceed and continue the painting that we started the day before and finishing it up.

For whom is this workshop suitable?

This workshop is suitable for those individuals that already have some experience in painting and/or are interested to develop their technique in using oil paints.

What Materials to bring with you?

The aim of this workshop is to help you understand the importance of using high quality materials especially painting surfaces and paints. All materials are provided by the organiser.  However, if you have your own materials and you want to discuss with the tutor whether you are using the right materials or not, please bring them with you.

You will only need to bring with you a notebook to write additional notes. Printed notes will also be provided.

All media used for painting during this workshop are safe and non-toxic.

Some paints might be toxic such as cadmiums, however these does not present any hazard as long as they are in the form of paint (and not powdered pigment that can be inhaled)

Please be aware that Turps are only present in varnishes used during the workshop (unfortunately we cannot eliminate this but their use is minimal)


AU$ 225 (2 day workshop including Materials)


Limit class size

8 people


Event starts
Saturday 25 March, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 26 March, 2017
Gallery One 88 Fine Arts
Venue Address
186-188, Katoomba street, Katoomba, NSW

Sydney, Katoomba

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