Basics of Oil Painting | Workshop

This course is the perfect opportunity to ask all the questions you have and have a go at direct oil painting with the support of a LARA tutor.

Date & Time

Multiple dates | Weekends | 10.00-17.00


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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This two day course will teach you the basics of representational oil painting. 

This course is open to absolute beginners, beginners and, equally, those wishing to expand their previous painting knowledge into direct painting.

Take home a wealth of knowledge to inspire you and guide you onto your next steps.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Aims of this Course

Students will learn:

  • How to set up an oil painting
  • Wet-into-wet as well as wet-on-dry techniques
  • How to manipulate oil paint using different brushes (hog vs. synthetic)
  • The basics of representational oil painting (drawing, values, edges, etc.)
  • Colour mixing
  • What to look for when choosing materials

Students will complete two oil paintings over the two days. The goal is not to have a finished painting, but to feel confident painting in oils at home.

The Facilities

Each class is limited to 8 students with ample space to create interesting set-ups. The Workshop Room is located within the LARA London studio. The lighting is of professional photographic standard, which provides a steady, unchanging environment from which to observe all elements of your chosen subject.


Please bring the following materials with you. Items marked with an asterisk are stocked in the LARA shop. Please email ahead if you would like to reserve items to ensure availability.

Oil Paint: A Basic Palette

  • Lead or Titanium White* – PW1, PW6
  • Cadmium Yellow* or Winsor Yellow – – PY 53, PY 74
  • Cadmium Red* ((As a cheaper and non-toxic alternative to Cadmium Red we recommend Windsor and Newton Scarlet 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

We highly recommend Old Holland, Williamsburg, 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 synthetic 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 (i.e. plush toy, fruits) are more forgiving to draw. A range of materials is preferred (i.e. fur, glass, metal, wood, fabric, plastic, etc.)

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Lizet Dingemans

"LARA has helped me become confident as an artist."

Basics of Oil Painting Workshop


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