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Student Artwork by Peter Barnett

Course Prices

Inside UK


Outside UK


Instalments UK & International

£300.00 in 3 instalments at £100.00 each

International students will not be supplied with a paper copy

Oil Painting Online Art Course

Tutored by  Heather Jolliff

The Oil Painting Course is a Certificate Course

Discover the nuanced craft of working with oil paints, either traditional or water-based, through the Oils Certificate Course at the London Art College. Whether you're refining your existing skills or embarking on your oil painting journey from scratch, this 6-month course empowers you to paint with self-assurance. Your dedicated tutor will provide guidance and support throughout your coursework.

With its bright, deep colours, texture and endless subtlety, many artists consider oils the king of paints - but painting in oils can be a tricky skill to grasp. This detailed and immersive written course will help you to grasp the basics and improve your oil painting skills.

Learn how to manipulate your paints to stunning effect, get hints and tips on working and re-working your paintings as they dry, and discover painting techniques that will add a stunning depth, light and character to your work.

Course subjects include:

  • Using a drying media
  • Painting a simple picture
  • Transferring designs
  • Understanding colour
  • Handling colour
  • Drawing skills
  • Using glazes
  • Working with an easel

If you find the idea of using oils a little daunting, the course tutor is here to help. Heather is an experienced users of oils and has taught them for many years. She will be able to help you make the most of this fascinating and versatile medium.

You can join your tutor on a journey through basic and advanced techniques. You'll also have access to encouragement, support and feedback as you work at your own pace from home. So start exploring oils today.

The course is typically designed to span around 6 months, with the flexibility of a maximum two-year completion period offered by the college. This course is open to students of all backgrounds and experience levels.

The course is suitable for both traditional oils and water-soluble oils.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private area in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique.   

It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Julia Morris

All our courses are written to be your comprehensive guide into each of their subject matters. We understand that students appreciate clarification about various aspects of their work from a course tutor, whom provide reassurance that techniques are put into practice effectively. 

Each courses has its own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. Students are encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

Coursework can be submitted online, as digital photographs, in your individual art room account and the tutor will upload their critique for you to download and retain forever. 

On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for your award of a certificate.

On successful completion of this course you will have studied new skills and gained knowledge for your own enjoyment and development.

Student Artwork by Julia Morris
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Range of Oil Paints
  • Palette
  • Shallow Tins
  • Linseed Oil
  • Turpentine
  • Range of Brushes
  • Palette Knives
  • Surface to Paint On
  • Using a Drying Media
  • Painting a Simple Picture
  • Transferring Designs
  • Understanding Colour
  • Drawing Skills
  • Using Glazes
  • Working with an Easel
  • Preparing Your Surface
  • Using a Drying Mixture
  • Understanding Colour
  • Mixing Oil Paints
  • Drawing for Oils
  • Transferring Designs from Paper to Canvas
  • Use of Glazes
  • Composition
  • Brushwork

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Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by tutor and artist Alan Dedman.

I absolutely happy and satisfied with LAC C5 course and learning format in general - very friendly, clear, understandable, experienced and helpful tutor, e-tools are working pretty well etc. To extend this pleasant experience with LAC I have already registered to study Watercolor (D8).

O Lupych

I really enjoyed this course and looking to do another one!

M Lourenco Ramos Pereira

I wish to thank and commend my tutor for their expert guidance and advice through the Oil Painting course. I now feel confident to complete paintings independently.

E Cullen

The course has been very useful for me and it has improved my way of working as an artist.

L Nannini