This is not a complete list by any means, but should provide a more detailed view of some of  the particular skills and knowledge focused upon during lessons.  

 

 

 

Drawing Lessons

 

Can you draw what you actually see?

 

Learn to make drawings based upon pure observation

 

 

Which parts are important and which parts are not?

 

Learn to select and draw the important parts of a subject

 

 

Can you get the parts right?

 

Learn to draw things in proportion

 

 

How can you make realisistic drawings?

 

Learn to use tone to make objects appear solid and real

 

 

How can you make objects fit the picture?

 

Learn to bring objects into an effective relationship with their surroundings

 

 

 

Blending and Value Lessons

 

 

How do you paint soft skin or fading skies?

 

Learn to make smooth and gradual changes in the painted surface

 

 

How do you make realistic paintings?

 

Learn to recreate real and solid objects in paint

 

 

Do the things you paint look like cardboard cut-outs?

 

Learn to soften the edges of objects and shadows

 

 

What should you mix into the oil paint?

 

Learn to use oil and turpentine to give oil paint an effective consistency

 

 

 

Colour Mixing Lessons

 

What is the best way to mix oil paint?

 

Learn to use a palette and palette knife effectively

 

 

What colours can I make by mixing paints?

 

Learn how to mix the primary colours to make secondary colours

 

Learn how to mix the primary colours to make browns and blacks

 

Learn to use the primary colours and white to recreate real colours precisely

 

Learn to use the primary colours and white to make imagined colours precisely

 

 

 

Alla Prima Oil Painting Lessons

 

Does oil painting have to take a long time?

 

Learn to make a full-colour oil painting from start to finish in only a few hours

 

 

I want to see the brush strokes in my paintings

 

Learn to make vibrant and expressive oil paintings

 

 

What are the stages of making an oil painting?

 

Learn to build an oil painting in the correct sequence

 

 

Can you get the colours right on the canvas?

 

Learn to mix and test colours whilst making an oil painting

 

Learn to adjust colours on a painting

 

Learn to combine colour, light and dark effectively

 

 

 

Layered Oil Painting Lessons

 

 

What are the stages of a layered oil painting?

 

Learn to make the first layer of an oil painting

 

Learn to make the second layer of an oil painting

 

Learn to make final additions and adjustments to a layered oil painting

 

 

How much oil should I mix into a layered painting?

 

Learn how to make and use medium for the first layer of an oil painting

 

Learn how to make and use medium for the second layer of an oil painting

 

 

 

Impasto Oil Painting Lessons

 

Learn to make paintings with thick and rich oil paint

 

Learn to use impasto medium

 

Learn to make oil paintings with painting knives

 

Learn to create movement and texture in an oil painting with a painting knife

 

Learn to use a painting knife to create edges

 

Learn to blend areas of an oil painting using a painting knife

 

 

 

Composition Lessons

 

Learn to create balance and harmony in a painting

 

Learn to lead the viewer's eye

 

Learn to select the correct canvas for a painting

 

Learn to use lighting to create effective compositions

 

Learn to use complementary colours in a painting

 

Learn what 'colour families' are and how to use them in a painting

 

 

 

Ideas, Feelings and Communication Lessons

 

Learn how to work out your ideas for paintings

 

Learn to develop your own approach to painting

 

Learn to clarify your artistic purpose

 

 

 

Additional Elements Lessons

 

Learn to use glazes to enhance or adjust an oil painting

 

Learn how to varnish an oil painting

 

Learn to use additional oil painting media

 

Learn about additional possibilities of oil painting and how to use unusual techniques

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