Developing Oil Painting Techniques (virtual)

Using the same image for repeated studies will allow us to compare and contrast the effects we can achieve when using the paint in different ways.... Read more

£65 per person
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11 Aug - 11 Aug 2021

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Virtual Art Safari workshop

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Oil painting

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Vicki Norman

Join us as we expand our understanding of this wonderfully versatile medium. Suitable for painters of all abilities.

Using the same image for repeated studies will allow us to compare and contrast the effects we can achieve when using the paint in different ways. Experimenting with the ‘impasto’ method of applying paint very thickly, trying palette knife work and then adding medium to dilute the paint will broaden our experience and understanding of the capabilities of this versatile medium.

Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how they work and how to get the best from them.

Images to paint from will be supplied after booking.

The workshop will also be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: (please note this materials list differs from the introduction to oil painting)

  • A laptop, Macbook, PC, iPad or tablet
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pen (there’s LOTS of ideas and stuff to write down!)
  • This workshop will require the use of a medium to dilute the paint.  If you prefer not to use solvents please just use ‘Refined Linseed Stand Oil’ alone or any other oil suitable for addition to oil paint to dilute your paints. You may also choose to use any of the many ready-made oil painting mediums available on the market, there are too many for me to describe each one, just use whatever you already have or find one that will ‘dilute the paint and reduce the appearance of brush marks’.  A small, traditional metal dipper with a lid or a tiny jam pot like the ones you get in hotels is the best vessel for solvent – avoid using a vessel with a large surface area such as a jam jar, this will create unnecessarily large amounts of evaporation. Please ensure your workspace is adequately ventilated when working with solvents.
  • If you already have impasto gel medium or cold wax medium you may choose to experiment with them during this workshop, but they are by no means a necessity.
  • Participants should use whatever oil painting equipment and brushes they already have and if possible, an easel or table easel.
  • The colours Vicki will use are Titanium white, cadmium yellow lemon, Indian yellow red shade, transparent oxide yellow (or yellow ochre) cadmium red light, alizarin claret, ultramarine blue (or cobalt blue) and phthalocyanine blue in Michael Harding Oil paints. These colours can be ordered from Vicki in advance via It is not essential that you use the same colours, just use what colours you have available!
  • Vicki will be using Rosemary and Co ultimate bristle chunking hog hair brushes in various sizes and shapes, mostly a size 8 flat, a size 1 round and a size 5 flat. It may also be helpful to have a large soft brush for blending. A basic set of oil brushes is available via Vicki’s website shop It is not necessary to have the same brushes as me, you’ll just need a variety of fairly stiff hog brushes – synthetic brushes for acrylic painting are usually too soft for use in this workshop.
  • Use any palette knife you like the shape of.
  • Everybody will need a suitable surface on which to make their painting, either a canvas or a canvas board. I’ll work at around 8×8” (20 x 20cm) but anything from 6×6” (15 x 15cm) to 16 x 16” (40 x 40cm) is fine, just use what feels comfortable for the size of brushes you have.
  • Please note – PAINTING SURFACES MUST BE CORRECTLY PRIMED FOR OIL PAINTS – unfortunately the ones from The Works and the ‘Crimson Blake’ brand don’t work at all because they are far too absorbent and will make the paints feel dry and impossible to blend. Very rough surfaces also make it difficult to achieve a full range of effects. Try to opt for a fairly smooth canvas texture or board – a medium or fine grain linen or canvas will be ideal.  Stick to well established brands – Windsor and Newton, Daler Rowney, Loxley, Clairfontaine, Belle Arti and Jackson’s Art own brand are all good.
  • If you have a variety of surfaces available, you may like to experiment with them during the workshop to see how the paint handling differs from one to another.
  • A roll of kitchen towel or old cotton rags and a receptacle used towel is essential. Baby wipes are also handy for cleaning up!


10:00 to 12:00 BST2 hour Live Zoom tuition from Vicki
14:00 to 16:00 BST2 hour Live Zoom tuition from Vicki
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This virtual painting workshop costs £65pp


The joining point for your workshop is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.


All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material and ideas, and email contact.


Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or

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