Oil Painting for Beginners


COURSE DATES: Tuesday – Friday, 2nd – 5th April 2024

TUTOR: Nicholas Mcleod


TIMES: 10:00am - 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, Beginner

FEE: £295

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

The perfect introductory course for those who are new to painting or working with oil paints. Each week the tutor will guide you in exploring a range of different subject matters and techniques that will provide you with the confidence to paint gratifying and complete paintings with this versaitle medium.

Students will be exploring subjects such as:

  • Shape and tone
  • Volume
  • Colour
  • Still Life
  • Portraits
  • Landscapes

You will learn to relate these elements together in compositions, paint from a life model, and in the last three weeks work on a self directed project with the guidance of your tutor. This course offers a structured introduction in a stimulating, fun and relaxing environment.

Recommend booking by: March 19, 2024


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

If you are bringing your own materials your tutor Nick has written a list below of what to bring:
A few hog hair brushes (Varied sizes)
A few synthetic oil brushes (Varied sizes)
A palette. Wooden or tear off are both fine. Flat ones are best, no wells. Medium or large size are easier to work with.
A palette knife. Diamond shape, off-set is best.
Odourless spirit, Sansodor or Zest-it
1 jar with lid
A few cloth rags (old bed sheet or clothing torn up will do)
Baby wipes or wet wipes
Oil Paint colours:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow
Lemon Yellow
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red
Ceruleum/Cerulean/Coeruleum blue
French Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Umber
5 surfaces to work on; stretched canvas, primed gesso wooden panels or canvas board are all good surfaces to paint onto. Sizes for each painting are very flexible. Below is a list of sizes you can use as a rough guide:
10″x 12″
10″x 14″
12″x 16″
12″x 14″
14″x 16″
17″x 20″


Nicholas graduated with an MA in painting from the Slade School of fine art in 2016. He has won the Threadneedle Prize Visitors Choice award and his work has been selected for numerous exhibitions across London. Nicholas has also has his work included in various publications including, A Brush With The Real: Contemporary Figurative Painting (Laurence King Publishing) and Imagine Architecture (Gestalten, Berlin).

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street London SE1 1HR tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.