Classical Painting


Cahir, Co. Tipperary 21 March – 25 April 2023
Cahir Arts Gallery, Castle Street, Cahir, Tuesdays 7pm-9pm

Cork City 23 March – 27 April 2023
MTU Gallery, No.46 Grand Parade, Thursdays 7pm-9pm

Medium: Oil Paint

This short studio-based course provides a comprehensive overview of the oil painting, revealing Old Masters’ techniques as well as contemporary applications.

Throughout this course you will learn how to create complex, realistic, and luminous paintings – from portraits and figures to still lifes and landscapes. You will learn many oil painting skills and techniques as well as solving many common painting problems including how to:

  • Simplify shapes and structures in grisaille
  • Mix natural skin tones with a limited palette
  • Subtly model form
  • Create palettes based on different versions of the colour wheel
  • Understand the Munsell Colour System, chroma, and temperature
  • Handle edges, transitions, and blending

The methods and techniques you will be shown reflect the standard approach to oil painting as currently being taught at realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere. Suitable for beginners, this course also benefits advanced or professional artists, who might wish to reinforce some of these traditional skills and knowledge.