Introduction to oil painting

From £28

  30th June    7.00 – 9.00pm (BST)

   Online – Zoom


17 spaces available

- +


This class is supported with products from our sister brand Winsor & Newton.


What you will get from taking this online class:    

  • A journey into the history of oil painting including the raw materials, recipes and different kinds of oil colour 
  • Lessons in the basic techniques for painting with oil such as pigments, binders, drying times and mediums 
  • An understanding of the use of colour in oil painting 
  • An oil painting created by you of a chosen subject 
  • Elephant Academy technique takeaway: how to work with oil painting 

This workshop will introduce the techniques of oil painting. Students will be presented with a historical overview of oil paint, including the invention of the medium, the use of binders and the origins of different pigment colours. Students will practice the different techniques of oil painting and build up their skills. They will explore mixing paint, creating different kinds of gradients, and working with a dry brush compared to a wet one.  

Over the course of the workshop, students will create a series of warm-up pieces and study different objects and compositions. By the end of the workshop, each participant will produce an oil painting of their chosen object. 


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.