In-person course
in Framfield

Six week beginners oil painting course



The Six- Week Art Course, this course is great for beginners who want to step into art without any prior artistic experience. It is also suitable for people who have a little experience and would like some support on their next project. The course includes instruction and guidance, all equipment and materials and will cover: How to choose an image to draw or paint and in what medium, drawing or tracing the image, and producing an under painting. Choosing the right colours and mixing your palette. Starting the background. Stage two of the painting or drawing, blocking in and correcting colours. Finishing the background, re-establishing darkest and lightest areas. Finishing touches and details. Final details, sharing ideas, signing our work and choosing the next subject! Overview of the day: Arrive at the Woodland Studio at 6.30pm each week and each week the course finishes at 9pm. On week one and two we will paint a practice piece such as a vase of flowers or a scene. This is to help you build confidence when using the oil paints and brushes and to start to develop your skills. This part of the course is set at our pace and I am on hand to make sure you understand and are able to make each step on your painting. We will have a short hot drink and biscuit break around 8pm so evaluate the progress so far. In weeks three to six we begin your choice of painting, we will have discussed and agreed on an image or idea for your final piece on weeks one and two. We will begin, usually, by sketching or tracing your or image onto the canvas you have chosen from the section at the Studio. Then we will do an underpainting in a colour such as Brunt Umber. The stages after the underpainting is dry will be adding the three to six tones of colour, including shadow tones, base colours and highlights. The final stage is the finishing touches which is normally done on week six. During weeks three to six we have ample opportunity to go back to the painting and rectify any errors or areas you think need more attention before the next phase is started. N.B. it will be possible to purchase extra weeks, at a pro rata rate, after the course has finished if you need more time to complete your art work, or you can choose to take it home and finish it, but please note this will only be necessary for more complex pieces and usually six weeks is sufficient time to complete your work. The final job will be to pose with your masterpiece!

What's included in the price?

All materials including canvases, paints, refreshments and tuition


6 weeks (6:30pm to 9:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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



Sue O'Mara Art

with Craft Courses since 2019

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I am a third generation artist, I follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and mum. I first began painting in oils when I wanted a picture of my lovely lurcher, I had lots of photos of him but none were quite good enough, so I decided to have a go at doing a painting of him! It turned out really well and I had got the bug. My first love in painting is wildlife, I get so excited when I see an image or scene of animals, I just can’t wait to start painting it!


2 Woodland Cottages, Pump Lane, Framfield, East Sussex, TN22 5RN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • Parking provided
  • Christmas
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