Oil Painting

 Introduction to Oil painting - Overview                                                 Port Art Studios


I suggest to students to learn oil painting if their main goals involve painting realism, surrealism or anything where very smooth blended areas are a large part of the approach they are drawn to. There are still some confused people who believe that oils are superior to acrylic paints. Not so if you check the latest research (providing we are talking about quality oil vs quality acrylic). Lets compare apples with apples! There are pros and cons for both of these media. The main advantage of oil paints over acrylics is their slower drying time and smooth greasy texture which allows very clean, smooth, soft transitions from one tone or colour to another. ( with some development of dexterity and skill, there are those who can achieve these effects with acrylics, but the texture is different and usually requires a few more thin layers to get the most refined finish, and much more practice with brush skills.

I have no desire to teach anybody how to paint stale, fake, hackneyed, clichéd oil paintings of hills and trees and shacks     (these 'lessons' are readily available all over the internet and in many teaching studios, and havn't changed much in decades). What I aim to do is pass on a few ways to safely and effectively approach the medium and leave each student to undertake the growing range of practical projects in the Port Art online art shop with the approaches and media that appeal to them.

Online Course Format : Introduction to Oil Painting

Included are videos, pdf and extra pages in the basic course, plus an ongoing library of projects to try.

In this practial course on oil painting you will learn:

* What differentiates oils from acrylics and watercolours

* Which colours to choose when starting out

* What other materials and mediums are required to paint in oils

* Brushes, brush care & clean-up

* Blocking in with oils vs blocking in with acrylic

* What is 'fat over lean' 

* Many different brush strokes and knifing techniques

* How long to let layers dry for before moving forward

* Painting wet in wet ('Alla prima')

Prerequisites: As with any of the practical courses available , it is preferable to have covered the theory modules on Design & Composition , Contrast, Emphasis, Light & Shade and Colour Made Easy. Your  results will be far more successful with these fundamentals under your belt. Most economical are the subscription options.

(regular learning material delivered over a term + private tuition)

Other Course Options (instant delivery by email)

Oil Painting 3 - Course + All Theory Essentials  + Private Tuition $210

Oil Painting 2 -  Course +  Theory Essentials $145

Oil Painting 1 - Learning the medium & techniques  $75  For those who already have fundamentals including drawing skills and theory subjects.

Oil Painting Courses

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