Introduction to oil painting on Sunday mornings

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September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 6th.

The cost for six morning classes is £150.

My oil-painting class is based in the Colour Factory garden studio, tucked away behind the River Park Leisure Centre. Numbers 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 Sundays, 10am till 1pm.

There’s a short demonstration and then I go around talking to people one-to-one. We draw and paint from life – still life for three mornings, a simple arrangement of fruit, a couple of weeks where we paint a view of the garden, and finally a self-portrait using a mirror.

I encourage slowing down, working big to small, finding the big colour shapes. It’s a slightly abstract way into the painting. It’s how I work. It helps if people have some experience of drawing but all levels are welcome. Practice is encouraged – it’s equally OK to treat it as an interesting Sunday morning.

To see my work, go to michaelweller.co.uk

You’ll get an idea of my approach to painting from Episode 3 of the new series of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Loch Fyne. I’m one of the contestants.

If you have any questions, please email michael@michaelweller.co.uk