Oils for Beginners

Enrol in Oils for Beginners

Learn to paint with oils and discover the versatility and attraction of painting with a more traditional medium. Oils make a good choice for a beginner as they dry slowly allowing you to sculpt with the paint and move the image around on the canvas.

Throughout the year we will run different themes, exploring Oil painting from foundations, to painting like the Old masters, looking at abstraction, painting the nude, portraits and more. All the courses are 5 weeks and suited to beginners and each new theme helps to build your art technique and allow you to continue practising throughout the year.

These courses will teach you the fundamentals of painting, building layers and working with mediums. Working with creative still life props or life models. these courses are both fun and informative, you will be encouraged to develop your own style and gain confidence in experimenting with the medium further.

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  • “Thanks to the course, I feel like I’ve got some skills to continue with a great hobby. I look forward to trying more courses.”

  • “I really enjoyed Oil Painting for Beginners and will be coming back to do another course—great fun.”

  • “Jess was excellent. Her assistance and encouragement was invaluable.”

  • "Jessica was fantastic !"

  • "An inclusive and enjoyable experience. You never know unless you have a go."

About The Teacher - Jessica Ashton

Jessica Ashton paints across all genres, seeking to reveal the drama and beauty of light and colour found in the everyday subject. Jessica studied drawing and painting extensively at the Julian Ashton Art School on the Sir William Dobell Scholarship for fine draughtsmanship. Since graduating Jessica has been passionate about teaching good drawing skills. She has exhibited in many group shows, has been a finalist in the prestigious Alice Bale Scholarship and her paintings are part of both private and public collections.

Equipment List

  • Daler Rowney Oil Paints, Alizarin Crimson
    • Art Spectrum Oil Paints, Ultramarine Blue
    • Spectrum Yellow
    • Spectrum Red
    • Titanium White No.2 thick
    • Raw Umber
    • You will be taught how to mix colours from the basic primaries, any additional colours you would like to use is totally up to you!
      • Assorted brushes
              • #4 Bright Neef Stiff Synthetic Bristle
              • Synthetic Bristle Flat #2,#8,#12
      • 1 tube Matisse Raw Umber Acrylic
      • Plastic palette knife
      • 1 x Flat wooden palette
      • Small disolv cleaner
      • 1 x small bottle of linseed oil
      • 1 x Stretched canvas, 14 x 18”
      • un-stretched piece of primed canvas ( given out in class )
      • 1 x 2B pencil

      Total retail value $132.55 (Nett on oil paint)

      20% Discount Price $115

      Free Hessian AOK Studios Bag with kit purchase.


      Items sold separately attract a standard 10% discount off regular price, excluding Daler Rowney and Art Spectrum Oil paints which are nett.

    • List current as of Jan 2016, prices subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has this course changed from 9 weeks to 5 weeks?

We have re-structured our school terms to allow for more variation in courses offered throughout the year, giving students more options to re-enrol and continue their learning with consecutive modules that build on previous knowledge. The 5wk courses aim to deliver more information in a shorter time. You will spend slightly less time in class finishing works and more time learning techniques. You may start exercises in class and finish them at home. We have given each term a focus or theme so you can become more confident in an area before moving onto the next subject.

Who is this course suited to?

This course is for absolute beginners, and great for those who find the 9 wk commitment too long. Everyone is getting increasingly busier these days and these shorter blocks of study give you more flexibility throughout the year and allow for more special interest subjects. You can do any term independently or enrol in mulitple terms to build on your knowledge, each term we cover a new topic.