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Oil Painting Workshop – Understanding the Medium and Colour


Sun 21 May 2017, 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: CPAS Studio, 4 - 14 Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $130.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: christophervid

A lot of artists and students get confused and sometimes even intimidated by oil painting 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 problem is that although today there is a lot of information on the net, unfortunately most of this information is either confusing or incorrect. The information given in this workshop is based on referenced and published sources about art materials.

The aim of this workshop is to help you understand the various art materials available on the market including painting surfaces (cotton canvas and linen), oil paints and various media and varnishes used for oil painting. We will then discuss colour and new advances in the use of colour and colour mixing. We will have practical sessions about how to mix and use paints/colour by painting simple objects from life.


9:30am-12:30pm - Introduction, Discussion & Demonstrations

- Using oil paints and health concerns: the mis-conceptions.
- Painting supports Canvases and linens (you will prepare your own canvas board including pre-staining)
- Oil painting media including various oils and solvents (Turpentine, odourless mineral spirits, walnut oil, linseed oil, stand oil, safflower oil, liquin and other alkydes etc)
- How to prepare your own slow drying media (without health hazard)
- Discuss brushes and palettes suitable for oil painting.
- Oiling up and varnishing painting

12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch Break

1:00pm-4:00pm - Colour: New understanding of colour & colour mixing

- Understanding light, paints and pigments (discussion and demonstrations using paints from various brands).
- New advances on colour theory and colour mixing
- Practical exercises on colour mixing and adjusting colour by comparing to real life objects

Please note that although I will be using safe products for painting and throughout the workshop, however I cannot exclude the use of turpentine in varnishes.

Printed notes with information will be given to participants.

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).

Cancellation policy:

- Money is only fully refunded if the organiser cancels the activity for any reason.
- No refunds are given to individuals that change their mind.
- In rare instances a 50% refund will be given if a replacement is found.

Limit class size: 8 people