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Oil Painting: An Introduction

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the essentials of oil painting and support you to develop your technique. Topics covered will include how to organise your palette, control colour mixing and blending, and what mediums to use to alter the handling qualities of the paint. You will learn the different terms used in oil painting techniques such as glazing and impasto, with artist and lecturer: Alison Kusner.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

No previous knowledge is required, but this course maybe useful for those already study painting.

Course Content

This short oil painting course will introduce beginners to the basics of oil painting technique, but it will allow more time to develop the practical elements of creating a painting. For those with some previous experience, it will provide an opportunity to fully grasp the basics as well as have more time to explore a personal project. By the end of the session, you will be able to: arrange the oil colour palette and mix colours with the palette knife and/or brush; apply oil paint to primed surfaces using brushes, rags and knives; combine oil colour with a medium to achieve different effects of viscosity, gloss, transparency or opacity; and develop paintings from observation, through abstraction or from imagination.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The tutor will introduce the subject using demonstrations and presentations and then work with students 1-1 to make sure they understand and learn at their own pace. As the course progresses, the tutor will discuss with students individually how they would like to develop and personalise their work during the course and will tailor advice. There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course.However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work, you could consider applying to the Accreditted courses including L1, L2 Fashion or Illustration, or L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a pathway into higher education. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.

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