Oil Painting from the Imagination & Nature

Subject: Painting
Dates: 9 September 2019 - 13 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Lily Gale
Full price
£ 385

This course draws on the teachings of the visionary painter and teacher Cecil Collins RA, as well as the paintings of Odilon Redon. Guided by painter, Lily Gale, students will increase their confidence and proficiency in the use of oils.

Orientation shall be a part of the class, to still the mind before the creative work begins. Music and movement will help with bringing a 'flow' into the studies.

The course is then roughly divided into two halves: Mornings shall be experimental, in preparation for the afternoon’s painting. Participants shall be working with oil colours on a series of very short one or two handed oil sketches on gessoed paper. These ‘sketches’ are an exploration of technique in oil painting and working from the imagination, flowers and nature. By plunging in and working at fast speed students will make discoveries that they can work on in the future.

Each afternoon shall be calm and spent working on a main painting, on a set theme. Using sketches from the morning sessions, students will develop longer studies. All working from nature, especially flowers and working from the imagination on a journey of discovery.

Different colour harmonies shall be explored along with mark making, tonality, and colour proportion. Students will learn how to prepare paper with gesso, tinted rabbit skin glue and tea stain. The tutor will also demonstrate glazing techniques on previously prepared dry oil paint colour harmony studies.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring?

Students are asked to bring their own hog bristle brushes. Brush sizes will be specified closer to the start date of the course.

Students should also bring their own oil painting palette. Please see advice here on choosing a palette for oil painting.

Lastly, you will need two metal containers to clip onto your palette, one for medium and the other for thinners. Please see an example of what you will need here.

All other materials will be provided.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

Avoid wearing:

  • Baggy clothing (especially sleeves)
  • Loose jewellery
  • Short sleeve t-shirts (when there is a chance of contact with hazardous materials)
  • High heels or open toed shoes

Health & Safety

When mixing pigments:

  • Wear the dusk mask provided by the tutor. These masks are disposable masks and are intended to be used for a day at most.
  • Wear disposable nitrile gloves
  • Tutors and students must wash their hands and forearms regularly to avoid cross contamination ie. after mixing pigments before eating, drinking, smoking, using the telephone or going to the toilet.
  • Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

Tutor biography

Lily Gale

Lily Gale (née Corbett) is a painter who studied drawing and painting with the visionary artist Cecil Collins from 1976 until 1989 and continues to teach his methods in life drawing. She also worked as a picture restorer and conservator for many years. She completed her MA at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts in 2002.

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