Oil Painting - at Nottingham Trent University



Unlock your creative potential and dive into the exciting world of oil painting on our dynamic short course. From beginners eager to explore this traditional medium, to experienced painters seeking to push the boundaries of their practice; whatever your experience you’ll learn the principles of oil painting and how to create different effects using the ‘alla prima’ method of painting wet paint into wet paint. This course is a comprehensive introduction to painting in oils that will build your confidence and encourage expressive mark making. You’ll learn a variety of tricks and techniques to achieve vibrant colour, textural detail and contrasting tone through the classic subjects of Sky and Landscape, Expressive Seascape and a Still Life. You will complete three paintings, supported by one to one tuition, demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques. Whether you aspire to exhibit your work, start a career as an artist, or simply explore your creative side, this course will provide you with the tools and inspiration to thrive in the world of contemporary oil painting. During this course, you will: • learn to mix and manipulate oil paints to achieve desired colours without getting ‘muddy’ • explore various styles in oil painting through landscape, seascape and still life. • experiment with texture using a variety of tools and techniques • practice creating depth and tactile qualities to your painting • learn how to prepare your canvas with a coloured ground. By the end of this course you will have honed your technical skills, developed your unique artistic voice, and gained a deeper understanding of the medium and all it can offer. You’ll leave with three finished paintings and the knowledge to take your own painting in whichever way you choose. Tutor profile: Sarah Watson is a practicing artist, painter and teacher who exhibits in shows across the UK and is represented by Gallery6 in Newark, Nottinghamshire. She featured on the Sky Arts television show Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016 and was accepted for membership of the exclusive Lincolnshire Artists’ Society in 2019. Sarah has a First Class Honours degree in Combined Arts from De Montfort University where she specialised in abstract painting.

What's included in the price?

Quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 16


3 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • UK Holiday
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ