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The Marvel of Oil Painting with Rachel Carroll

Engaging with the marvel of oils: Thursday Afternoons – Term 3 2017 – 8 Week Term

Course Artwork – Rachel Carroll, Oil on Canvas
Rachel Carroll, Oil on Canvas
Tutor: Rachel Carroll
8 week course
Thursdays, 12:45pm - 3:45pm
Started: 27th July
All adults
Beginners to Intermediate

This term’s 8 week oil painting course explodes with ample content looking deeply at the marvels of oil painting as a visual arts medium. We move through art history as we look closely at the masters of oils from the Renaissance era as we build up a traditional glazed still life. This portion of the course also introduces students to colour theory which projects us into our other project of a monochrome painting study.

Further into the course students begin to develop their own relationship with the brushstroke considering such things as expression and physical interaction with the paint. We begin to look at the birth of modern art and develop a tactile understanding of experimenting and questioning the notion of image making. We expand further on applications and more techniques are introduced.

Students evolve rapidly as we move swiftly into an individual contemporary focused project. This pushes the students to utilise and experiment with their gained knowledge and find new uncharted waters when executing their last painting for the course. Individual visions and ideas will be expanded upon and experimental studies show new light and wonder for anticipating students ready to harness and release their creativity.

Week 1-4

  • Colour Theory
  • Colour mixing
  • Monochrome painting 
  • Still life
  • Glazing
  • Compositional studies 
  • Art history

Week 5-8

  • Art history
  • Techniques
  • Experimenting
  • Expressive applications
  • Individual expanding projects
  • Compositional studies 


  • Paint colours – Titanium white, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium red, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Green.
  • 2 canvasses from your art store pre primed, size and depth of canvass is your choice although I would suggest a deeper canvass and a size approximate 60cm x 40cm, a bit smaller or a bit bigger will suit fine :)
  • Mineral turpentine and pale boiled linseed oil both from hardware store, Bunnings is the cheapest. (Ring before you arrive to make sure of stock) 2 jars with lids
  • Brushes – assorted cheap monte mate or jasart synthetic brushes are the best. (From common $2 stores) It is not the brush which should be the most expensive; rather the paint. Make sure of the AP quality seal on every tube.
  • Cotton Gloves – oils and turps are toxic to the skin and can create irritation. I myself do not bother but it may be a good idea.
  • Raggy clothes and rags!


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