One of my plans this year was to learn a bit more about painting in oils.
Basically I was flying blind.
I’d looked on with envy at the various classes and workshops available through the art schools around town but they never seemed like a realistic option in part due to the cost, but mainly because of the hours in which they ran – always the bane of the full time employed.
I was looking on the Adelaide Central School of Art‘s website one day and came across an ‘Introduction to Oil Painting’ course offered as part of their summer school program. The class ran from 1pm – 4:30pm over the course of a week (Mon to Fri) and I thought to myself ‘Why not?’ I could work in the morning and take the afternoons off as annual leave.
Anyway, long story ever so slightly shortened, I took the leap and found the course to be exactly what I needed to give me a much better appreciation about how to handle the medium. As it was a pretty condensed time we had, we spent the first couple of days on paint application and understanding tone (nice symmetry with what I was doing at home with the acrylic value-studies) and the last 3 days on colour mixing and painting a still life set-up in a naturalism style.
I can definitely recommend the Adelaide Central School of Art (which incidentally is housed in the renovated P&O Ward of the old Parkside Lunatic Asylum – make of that what you will!), found the whole experience very rewarding and feel I can now attack oil painting with new found confidence – which of course is the plan going forward from here.
Onwards and upwards!