Portrait Painting with Andrew Gow (TBC)


Regular price £675.00


This course is aimed at any artists who are unfamiliar with oil paints, and are looking to expand their knowledge in the Old Masters tradition of oil painting, using the atelier method. We will explore setting up a painting, as well as colour mixing and drawing with paint. 

What you will learn: 

The Basics of Oil Painting is a 2 day course focussing on learning the basics of realistic oil painting. Students will learn how to set up an oil painting, wet-into-wet as well as wet-on-dry techniques, manipulating oil paint using different brushes (hog vs synthetic) as well as the basics of realistic oil painting (drawing, grey values, edges, etc). Students will complete 2 oil paintings in 2 days. Goal is not to have a finished painting, but to feel confident painting in oils at home. Beginner level. 

Colour mixing as well as materials will be discussed. 


Recommended materials: 

Oil Paint: A Basic Palette 

  • Lead or Titanium White - PW1, PW6 
  • Cadmium Yellow or Winsor Yellow - - PY 53, PY 74 
  • Cadmium Red or Bright Red or Windsor Orange - PR 108, PR 254, PO 7 
  • Alizarin Crimson - PR 83 
  • Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue - PB 28, PB 29 
  • Raw Umber - PBr 7 
  • Ivory Black - PBk 9 

I highly recommend "Old Holland", "C Roberson", "Blockx", "Vasari" and "Winsor and Newton" (cheapest option). 

Other Materials: 

  • Balanced wooden arm palette (if you are right handed, please buy a palette designed to be held in the left hand and vice versa. 
  • Hog bristle brushes and synthetics brushes (overall a good selection of brushes should be used. The more brushes, the easier it is to keep colour mixes clean. A variety of sizes is essential for handling large areas of the painting as well as small details. However, a set of at least 8 'filberts' and 'flats' should be enough to get started). and vice versa) 
  • Flexible steel palette knife 
  • Sansodor or other low odour solvent (odourless turpentine substitute for painting) 
  • Metal dipper for medium 
  • A good supply of kitchen roll for cleaning brushes 
  • Something to carry your wet paintings home with on the last day, for example, a canvas carrier. If you are unable to find one, another canvas of the same size can be strapped to the front to keep the painting safe while being transported. 
  • 2 Small (about the size of your object) panels or canvases - It is advisable to bring 2 canvases of the same size to help transport your painting safely home. 
  • Some interesting objects to paint: nothing too big (max 30 cm). I advise against patterns and symmetrical forms and spheres for beginners, as they take a while to draw. Organic or soft forms (ie plush toy, fruits) are more forgiving to draw. A range of materials is preferred (ie fur, glass, metal, wood, fabric, plastic, etc) 


A maximum of 10-12 students to one tutor. 

Set up the same as a cast painting course. Students can share their still life spots of space is needed. 

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