Introduction to Oil Painting – 6 week Monday Evening course

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Introduction to oil painting on six Monday Evenings

by Colour Factory artist Michael Weller

My oil-painting class is based in the Colour Factory garden studio, tucked away behind the River Park Leisure Centre. Three evenings of still life, followed by three evenings of portrait-painting, from life, not photographs. Classes are limited to eight, to enable time for individual teaching. Tea and coffee is provided. I’ll supply a list of basic art materials needed before the class begins. Classes are on Mondays, 6 till 9pm. 

It helps to have some experience of drawing. The aim isn’t so much coming away from the class with a finished painting. It’s more like a series of colour studies in oil, and people come away with a few approaches to managing an oil painting. I encourage slowing down, working big to small, finding the big colour shapes. It’s a slightly abstract way in to the painting. It’s how I work.

People are at different levels. So the class is less structured overall – there’s a short demonstration at the start and then I go around talking to people one to one.

The next six classes are October 29th, November 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd, 10th.

The cost for six evening classes is £175.

To see my work, go to

If you have any questions, please email