You'll need tips, tricks, and expertise that the internet and books just can't teach you. That being said, painting with oils as your chosen medium can be extremely rewarding. Oil paints can do things that other paints, well, just can't.

They are gloriously rich in colour pigments and can be built on top of each other to create different effects, tones, and layers that you can't achieve with other paints. Its abilities are as endless as your imagination is, which is what is so fantastic about oil paint. Once you have mastered oil painting's trickery, you are set to create masterpieces.

The best Oil Painting Courses are:

  1. Oil Painting Course at Richmond School of Painting
  2. Introduction to Oil Painting at the Art Academy London
  3. Progress With Oil Painting With Westminster Adult Education Service
  4. Learn to Paint With Oils With Allan Storer

1.Oil Painting Course at Richmond School of Painting

This 11-week course is suitable for beginners but more experienced painters and drawers are welcome to join. This course will build your confidence and skill in drawing and painting from observation.

We will look at the building blocks of drawing, exploring line, tone, and texture. We will learn how to use a viewfinder and discuss ideas behind composition. We will experiment with pencils and charcoal and progress to basic oil painting: monochrome, colour theory and mixing and develop further with the individual project.

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2. Introduction to Oil Painting at the Art Academy London

A structured and systematic course for those who have never painted before and for those who want to reinforce their basic oil skills or to move on to using oil paints having used acrylics or water-based media. Students learn to see colour, shape, and tone, and to relate these elements together in compositions with access to a life model. This course aims will nurture self-confidence and enjoyment of painting in a stimulating, fun and relaxing environment. It is an ideal course for beginners as there is plenty of guidance from the tutor.

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3. Progress With Oil Painting With Westminster Adult Education Service

Explore the materials and methods of oil painting, traditional and contemporary in this 10 week-long painting course. This course will cover everything you need to know, in a specially designed education centre. Like going back to college, but everyone's a little older, this course is a brilliant way to start your journey into painting.

Find out more about this course(Progression on to Oil Painting: Exploring Mediums and Techniques or other Visual Art courses. At Level 2 or 3 the Certificate in Drawing and Painting would be a good progression for learners wanting to develop a solid grounding in art and design. Additional courses in portraiture and life drawing, as well as a variety of other art courses such as oil painting and printmaking, would also be an option.)

4. Learn to Paint With Oils With Allan Storer

Allan teaching an oil painting classes

Allan Storer is an incredibly passionate teacher and artist. He runs regular painting classes, for different levels of ability. Meaning you can go once a week, twice a week, or once a month, whichever suits you.

Allan teaches in a very personal way, ensuring you are going at the pace you want to and focusing on exactly what you want to do. There's no syllabus paintings or tasks you have to do, you do what you want and get Allan to help and guide and teach you along the way.

Most importantly the workshop will be a focused yet humorous adventure for you to explore oils, gimmick-free with no false promises.

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