Oil Painting Course (C5)

Tutored by Alan Dedman BA, RAS, PGCE

The Oil Painting Course is a Certificate Course

Explore the subtle art of painting with oils with the Oils Certificate Course from London Art College. Whether you’re improving your technique or starting from scratch with oils, this 6 month course will help you paint with confidence.

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 correspondence 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, course tutor Alan Dedman is here to help. He is an experienced user of oils and has taught them for many years. He will be able to help you make the most of this fascinating and versatile medium.

You can join Alan 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: click the link below to get started.

Student Artwork by Mahau Pal

Student Artwork (detail) by Mahau Pal

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

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 section 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 Karen Murphy

Student Artwork (details) by Karen Murphy

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their 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. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. 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 any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Julia Morris

Student Artwork by Julia Morris

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

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

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

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

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Testimonials from students

Hi Alan, First of all, many thanks for your last feedback which was, as usual, so helpful and encouraging. I really enjoyed assignment 5, both the abstract painting exercise and the palette knife paintings and as I learned a bit with each new painting I wanted to share that with you. Finally, I want to thank you for this excellent course and the insightful feedback you have given me. Best wishes.

Elisabeth Planella

Dear Mr. Alan, I received my Course Completion Certificate for the Oils Course (C5) earlier today. I was a tad disappointed that I was unable to make the cut for the award of a "Pass with Merit". I would like to thank you for your wonderful guidance and comments through the course. You have helped me in a very big way not only to guide me on the usage of Oils but also evolve as a painter. Under your guidance I have grown in confidence in using Oils. I have enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to paint using oils. The course is well thought out and quite challenging. It does take one out of one's comfort zone and encourages to explore various styles and techniques. The course made me realize my strengths and weaknesses. I will miss your comments and also miss working for the course. Thanks & Regards.

Mahua Pal

Paint With Confidence with the Oils Certificate Course

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