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An Intro to Oil Painting With Kevin Scully

An Intro to Oil Painting With Kevin Scully
An Intro to Oil Painting With Kevin Scully

Time & Location

02 Nov 2021, 14:00 – 07 Dec 2021, 16:15

Henley-on-Thames, The Studio, 30c Hart St, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AU, UK

About the Event

An Introduction to Oil Painting, a 6 week afternoon Course With Kevin Scully


2nd November - 7th December 

Tuesday Afternoons: 2pm - 4.15pm

On this  inspiring beginner’s course you’ll learn how to paint in traditional oils in simple and easily achievable stages. 

You’ll learn about colour mixing and paint application, as well as advice on the best materials to use in helping you produce the most satisfactory results.

The course will lead you through the selection and preparation of suitable painting surfaces, subject matter, and composition. There will be demonstrations of painting techniques with both brush and palette knife, and you will have plenty of sympathetic, one-to-one assistance in developing your own preferred style of painting.

The subject matter will be varied, encompassing still life subjects, landscapes, and seascapes. The course will be a fun and light-hearted introduction to the possibilities of this versatile medium.

A variety of reference material will be provided, but towards the end of the course you may bring along any images or objects that you would like to work from.

Materials List


Daler Rowney ‘Georgian’ Oil paints in 37ml. tubes are adequate and reasonably priced, but if you want to spend a little more money, ‘Artists Quality’ paints are the best. Winsor & Newton are among the best brands.

Titanium White in a larger tube - usually about 75ml. You’ll be using quite a lot of white. If possible, please buy a tube of Winsor & Newton ‘Griffin’ Alkyd Oil Paint in Titanium White. This is a quick-drying oil paint that can be mixed with traditional oils to help speed up the drying process.

We will NOT be using water-soluble oil paint.

This is a list of suggested colours only, but ones that I tend to use.

· Cadmium Yellow Light

· Cadmium Red Medium

· Permanent Rose or Magenta

· Cerulean Blue

· Cobalt Blue

· French Ultramarine

· Dioxazine Purple

· Oxide of Chromium

· Phthalo Green

· Raw Sienna

· Burnt Sienna

· Raw Umber

· Burnt Umber

· Payne's Grey

Acrylic Paint

Small tubes of Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue or similar

These colours can be mixed together with the addition of a little Titanium White to produce a thin wash of a neutral, grey colour to tint your board or canvas prior to painting. The reason for this is to create a mid-tone underpainting, which makes it easier to determine the lighter and darker tones when painting. This can be done prior to the workshop so that your board or canvas is dry. This can also be done with a thin wash of oil paint, but acrylics will dry faster.

Painting Boards:

A selection of fine surface, canvas painting boards or canvases. Suggested sizes, roughly 10' x 12", 14" x 18" or 16" x 20"


A selection of flat and round, hog hair, oil painting brushes, or synthetic acrylic/oil painting brushes. Sizes: 4, 6, 8, and 10

A couple of small, synthetic brushes for detail. Sizes: 2 and 3.

Other Materials:

An ordinary, dark coloured pencil, in blue or brown (not water-soluble), for drawing on boards or canvases. A cheap, child’s pencil is perfect.

A Ruler

Distilled turpentine, or any number of propriety brands of painting mediums for thinning paint. Winsor & Newton Painting Medium is one that I use.

Small bottle of Alkyd Medium to speed up the drying time

Low-odour white spirit, or environmentally friendly ‘Zest-it’ for cleaning brushes

Wooden palette

Palette knife for cleaning palette

A cranked handled painting knife if you like to use them

Clip-on metal dippers for holding painting medium and Alkyd medium

2 screw-top jars for holding solvent

Some rags or kitchen towel

Some old clothes or an apron

Reference material will be provided, but you may also bring along any images you wish to work from.

Age 17+ (no exceptions)

PLACES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-TRANSFERABLE - if your plans change, please don't ask us to refund/transfer your place (have a look at our t's & c's below for more info).

COVID PRECAUTIONS: We ask that you please  wash/sanitise your hands regularly throughout the sessions - the wearing of masks is not required, but it is preferred. The studio space is vigorously cleaned before & after all sessions during this time. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with us:

If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you please don't risk the health of others, please refrain from coming to the studio (no matter HOW much you want to draw).

We hate being this strict - but we'd hate anyone to come to any harm and we'd also hate to have to close the school again!




Due to an extremely small admin team, the time it takes up and the financial difficulty it causes the HSA, we are unable to offer refunds / transfers to another session / gift vouchers for orders made in error, changed plans or a changed mind. Please bear this in mind BEFORE placing an order.

We are unable to offer refunds / transfers to another session / gift vouchers for forgotten/missed sessions which are the responsibility of the purchaser.

In the extremely rare case where a refund is issued there will be a service charge taken for our time and the payment/booking charges we have incurred.

If it's our fault:

If you're unable to attend the session through a mishap/error on our part, we will make sure you are provided with a voucher to attend any forthcoming sessions of the same type - alternatively we will issue a refund or find another solution.

The income from all our sessions is used to pay for our brilliant tutors, models & photographers, the rent on our studio, overheads and of course to pay the salaries of the hard working folk behind the scenes.


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