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Introduction to Oils (three 1-day workshops)

  • Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall The Square, Yardley Hastings Northampton, England, NN7 1EU United Kingdom (map)

Are you terrified by the prospect of painting in oils and don’t know how to start? Would you like to give it a try before buying the equipment? Then try our Introduction to Oils workshops with artist Penny German.


Each day will hold invaluable lessons in oil painting. If you are intermediate, you may wish to do days 2 and 3, but we would recommend all three if you wish to get to grips with the medium and method properly.

Day 3 will be a chance to work on your own chosen set-up with guidance from Penny, which will be very different to the prescribed exercises on days 1 and 2. It’s important to be able to work autonomously.

The workshops

Day 1
Introduction to the materials and method.
Mixing demonstration to familiarise students with fat-over-lean method.
Making and using a value chart.
Tonal sketch of object in oils.
Discussion of chroma and mixing demo.

Day 2
Re-cap tone and value chart.
Discuss set-up, lighting and how to find an interesting composition from two/three objects.
Demo followed by making a grisaille.
Demo of adding colour followed by adding colour.

Day 3
Introduction to Penny’s working practice.
Still life of your choice.
Re-cap of what to look for in set-up. Guidance on setting-up and colour-mixing.
Paint a still life with guidance and demos where required.


What to bring

Paints, boards, low odour solvent, medium and brushes will be provided.

Bring an apron (or wear old clothes). If you prefer to bring your own brushes, please do so (if you would like recommendations please email the tutor at

For day 3 – your choice of subject matter although there will be objects/fruit/flowers available.

Please bring a packed lunch (although delicious lunches are available at pub next door). Tea and coffee available in the kitchen.

Dates and times

Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April, 2019, from 10am to 4pm on all three days.


£90 per day or £230 for full course (which includes the cost of all materials and artist quality oil paints which make for much better work!). Places limited to 12, so early booking is recommended.

Fully booked

How to book

Book your place direct with Penny German by email or call 07546 118290.