Oil painting – a simple approach with Tom Benjamin

Ref: S1D32061

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Work from direct observation on a simple still life as you learn to structure an oil painting and build up colour.

Course Description

You will begin by learning about the materials and then some simple approaches to using oil paint. You will be shown techniques for structuring an oil painting, building up colour, colour mixing and observation. You will work from a simple still life, which will be set up in the studio.

The emphasis on tuition is one-to-one, so you can learn at your own pace.

By the end of the day, you will have gained an insight into the potential of this most versatile painting medium, improved your colour mixing and observational skills, and gained some techniques you can continue to develop.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Oil paints and surfaces to paint on, as well as mediums, studio safe solvent and use of brushes and palettes.

What students need to bring

  • Paint rags
  • At least four still life objects (fruit or vegetables are fine)
  • Suitable clothing for this practical day
  • Notebook and pencil if you wish

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials, including oil paints, surfaces to paint on, mediums, studio safe solvent, brushes, palettes, notebooks and pencils should you wish to purchase any.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Tom Benjamin Publicty Photo

Tom Benjamin

Tom Benjamin paints landscapes, town and coastal views in oils, outside in front of the subject, in all weathers. He is represented by Sarah O'Kane Fine Art.

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