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Painting in Oils

Tutor: Juliet Kac 
Location: Clarkes of Sussex

Next Start date: Spring 2022 - watch this space as dates will be confirmed in November

*Please note, face masks will be madatory for this course due to the tutor's underlying health conditions. The course may also move to Zoom at the tutor's discretion if their is a significant rise in local Covid cases*


Whether you are looking to improve your skills or learn from scratch, this course caters to all levels. 

Learn oil painting stage by stage with techniques like colour mixing, tone and shading. 
Unleash your creativity and meet like-minded people in a fun and friendly atmosphere. 

What does the course cover?

Learn oil painting in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. This course is for students of all levels, including complete beginners.  Explore the process of oil painting stage by stage, working with colour mixing and developing technical confidence and creative expression. You will be able to experiment with a variety of approaches and subjects that are of interest to you.

See students' work in our gallery below - click to enlarge
Materials list: at bottom of page

About the tutor

Juliet has an M.F.A in Fine Arts (Auckland University) and a PhD on the relationship between music and painting (University of Brighton). She works as a professional portrait painter and continues to develop her abstract painting. She has many years’ experience in teaching oil painting, printmaking, life drawing and portraiture.



I have loved painting in oils for many years. Joining a class with a professional and encouraging tutor has been a privilege and pleasure. Barbara

I love oil painting and feel happy that I'm improving my skill. I am getting closer to freeing myself up from the technical skills so I can express myself better. Anne


Click Here For Materials List

Oil Colours

titanium white   
ultramarine blue
lemon yellow (hue)
Phtalo blue or  Cyan or Cobalt
viridian green (hue)
yellow ochre
rose madder (quinacridone) 
burnt sienna

This is a good basic selection of colours. If you are a beginner, I recommend buying these colours in 38ml tubes of traditional Rowney Georgian Oil Colours or waterbased oils (waterbased may be the best choice given the possibilty of the course moving to Zoom). If you have the above colours made by a different manufacturer, they will be fine.

A small bottle of oil paint drying medium like Liquin


• A4 (or larger) pad of Georgian Oil Painting Paper or a piece of any other brand of oil painting paper (A4 size or bigger).


• 1 round brush, size 1 or 2

* 1 filbert brush, size 2 or 3

* 1 flat brush (square ended) size 4 or 5

Other equipment

• low odour thinners for oil colours (from artist’s suppliers) - approx 75ml  bottle, or larger.

• NEW ITEM zest or odourless cleaner for brushes, stored in an airtight container (jar with lid).

• two jars with lids (ideally 1 large (jam size) & 1 small (pesto/mustard size). • palette: A4 size disposable tear-off palette for oil colours. Or a piece of melamine roughly A4 size or larger - from a timber yard or DIY shop.

• rags, preferably cotton * palette knife * ruler * pencil * rubber * masking tape

Either WEAR OLD CLOTHES you don't mind getting paint on, or bring an apron or smock to cover your good clothes.

Approximate cost of the items on this list: £40