Oil Painting - Northern Beaches Community College

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Oil Painting

Course Outline: Mark Kingston

Have you ever wanted to learn how to oil paint? Or been astounded by the beautiful techniques used in a painting? If so this is the course for you. Your tutor Mark Kingston, a Master of Fine Art will guide you step by step through the painting process. He will teach you about the skills and materials needed to produce strong paintings. His knowledge and expertise will inspire you and help you grow in confidence. You will be taught how to mix colour, how to prepare your canvas and a range of painting techniques.

Please note classes held at the Tramshed need to be cancelled with the council if numbers not met 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP DATES due to council requirements. Please book well in advance of this to avoid disappointment."

Please Bring:

Materials for first class

  • Pencils: 6H, HB and 2, 4, 6 B pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Paper
  • Reference material

Materials for later classes
Please do not buy the materials for painting until you have attended the first class and I have discussed them with you

  • Brushes: Bring a range of different sized brushes. Fine brushes for details and larger flat headed brushes for blending
  • Oil Paints: Titanium White, Indigo, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.
  • Medium: Medium No 1 for painting and mineral turpentine for cleaning brushes.
  • Palette
  • Rag
  • Small jars
  • Stretched canvas

Please Note: NBMC is not liable to for any loss incurred if a class is cancelled please check with the college by calling 02) 9970 1000 or emailing enquiries@nbcc.nsw.edu.au before purchasing materials.

About the tutor:

Mark’s education includes a Bachelor of Visual Art degree from Sydney University and a Master of Art degree from the University of New South Wales. His teaching experience includes lecturing at TAFE as part of the Visual Art program and at JMC Academy as part of a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree.

Mark is one of Australia’s most talented realist oil painters. His attention to detail, exquisite painting technique and love of colour has made his work popular with art collectors and the general public. With over 40 group and solo shows across Australia, his paintings have been acquired by corporate collections such as the Roche Group and White Lotus.

His work has been featured in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘The Sun Herald’ and ‘The Daily Telegraph’ newspapers. His work has repeatedly been showcased on the cover of and as a feature article in the ‘Australian Artist Magazine’. He has also had articles written about his work in ‘Belle Magazine’, ‘Australian Road Rider Magazine’, ‘Peninsula Magazine’ and ‘24 Hours Magazine’.

Mark has been chosen as a finalist in an impressive list of prestigious art prizes, including the Mortimer Art Prize, Hills Grammar Art Award, ANL Maritime Art Prize and as one of ten finalists exhibited on the Museum of Contemporary Arts online gallery.

Course Outline: Jennifer Rosnell

Prerequisite: Creative, positive mindset. Drawing skills would be beneficial but not essential. This course would work for beginner to intermediate.

The joy of oil painting can be yours with artist Jennifer Rosnell. Explore mark making and textures in oils using brushes and palette knives. Experiment with colour and ways of looking at composition. Be inspired by botanical subject matter and seascapes/landscapes. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is an exhibiting artist that will guide you through the oil painting process from prepping the board to varnishing the final painting ready for framing. Unlock your own unique style, start painting with confidence. From loose strokes of paint to more detailed studies of light and colour.

Session 1: This session will look at inspiration for subject matter and oil painting techniques by various artists. We will start a sketchbook and draw up ideas and look at inspiration for the first and second paintings. We will discuss materials needed for the following sessions and a general outline of the course.

Session 2: This session will start with prepping the board for painting. Colour theory and learning to mix colours with a limited palette develop your own unique colour palette. Drawing the basis of the layout/composition on board then creating an underpainting. How to block in the first layer of the painting. Botanical subject matter for the first painting. How to clean brushes and clean up after using oil paints.

Session 3: This session will be prepping the next board to allow it dry during the class then looking at the layers technique for the botanical painting. Learn how one paintbrush can make many different marks. Creating layers and adding details and highlights. Explore adding textures with impasto techniques and palette knives and everyday objects.

Session 4: Look at an image that has a special meaning to you, a particular landscape or seascape reference image. Use a paper window to crop your image. Look closely at composition and how this will translate to the board/canvas. Blocking in the composition and creating a loose flowing layout. Learning when to add in the details. Watch your unique style unfold.

Session 5: This session will look closely at colour mixing. How to keep colours clean and not muddy. We will develop the seascape/landscape painting with layers and textures. 

Session 6: Prepare a board for the final painting. This session will look at adding final details and highlights to both the botanical painting and the landscape/seascape. When they are completely dry we will look at a demonstration on how to varnish. Develop sketch book ideas & studies and final idea/composition for the final painting.

Session 7: Student choice bring reference for the final painting. Draw up in pencil the final layout. Block in the basis composition/layout. Decide your preferred colour palette look at colour mixing and how to create a reference colour chart of your favourite colours. How to build layers wet on wet while keeping the colour clean. How to create colour possibilities from a limited colour palette.

Session 8: Final painting add layers and final details and textures. Paint what you love and painting passion will follow. Varnish any dry paintings. Learn to experiment with subject matter, colour and technique. Look at the growth over the past 8 weeks and reflect. Note what you really liked, your strengths and how to develop this further and enjoy the process of painting :-)

Please Bring:

Materials for first class: (In this first session I will discuss the materials needed for the sessions to follow)

  • Pencils 2B & B
  • eraser
  • sharpener
  • paper or sketchbook for inspiration/ideas

Materials for later classes: Please do not buy the materials for painting until you have attended the first class and I have discussed them with you

  • Brushes flat and round variety of sizes
  • oil paints (titanium white, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, burnt umber)
  • palette or a plate
  • apron or an old shirt to wear
  • rag & baby wipes (tutor to supply)
  • small jars
  • mineral turpentine for cleaning brushes (tutor to supply)
  • 30 x 30 standard plywood board (to paint on)

Please Note: NBMC is not liable to for any loss incurred if a class is cancelled please check with the college by calling 02) 9970 1000 or emailing enquiries@nbcc.nsw.edu.au before purchasing materials.

About the tutor:

Jennifer Rosnell is a Northern Beaches artist and designer, with a Fine Arts Degree from the University of NSW and an Associate Diploma in Graphic Design from The Enmore Design Institute. She has many years of life drawing experience from Julian Ashton Art School at the Rocks and Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Jennifer has worked as a creative for over 25 years. She is an exhibiting artist with numerous galleries in Australia and works on commissions for collectors worldwide. 

 Jennifer has enjoyed great success in a number of esteemed prizes, most recently having been included as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Prize at the S.H. Ervin Gallery (2020, 2021) The Percival Portrait Prize (2022) The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery QLD and The National Emerging Art Prize (ACB Selects 2021) Michael Reid Gallery Northern Beaches.

 Jennifer is passionate, positive and loves to encourage her students to explore oils and discover their own individual style.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • I enjoyed trying something different as i had never used oil paint before, Mark is a great teacher.
  • It was a personal journey for each student versus a sausage machine. Mark was very informative and worked with each student independently on a piece of their choice. I am returning next term to continue my journey.
  • I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere but knowing there was something to finish and that the trainer had the skills to show me how to get my work finished.
  • Mark was thorough and prompt, always prepared and willing to guide the individual students.