Learn to Paint with Oils at Home

Discover the basics of oil painting and start your own masterpiece.

1.5 hours Class size 1 to 50     label £8 - £15 (£15 per guest when you book for 1 guest, £10 for 2+ guests, £8 for 4+ guests)

An inspiring and fun introduction to oil painting. Through this two-hour live online class, you'll learn the basics of oil painting and start working on your own piece of artwork.

If you're keen to learn how to use oil paints, this creative online art class is a great place to start. With expert guidance, demonstrations and support from your teacher, you'll learn to paint by reproducing a painting you like or by creating an original painting using a photo for inspiration. You'll bring your own style and flair to your work and paint in a style that you appreciate.

You'll be guided every step of the way in how to paint with oils, learning a range of techniques from your talented instructor. If oil painting is new to you, don't worry - this class is designed for beginners! Getting stuck into trying oil painting in a supportive environment is an immersive and effective way to learn how to paint.

Supporting you throughout the painting process, your teacher will assist you by giving you lots of tips and feedback as you apply paint to canvas to help you build up your oil painting abilities and learn new art skills.

Painting can offer many benefits to boost your sense of wellbeing and the process of applying oil paints can be really calming and meditative. As you work through this oil painting workshop you'll feel yourself really relaxing into your craft as you gradually unwind and express yourself through your brush.

You'll finish your class with a sense of self-empowerment and achievement, and you'll have started a great piece of artwork personal to you to continue to work on with your wealth of new knowledge and skills.

Knowledge required
Suitable for beginners and/or intermediate painters.
What to bring
  • Pencil.
  • 1 x small canvas primed with a protective gesso coating.
  • Oil paints in the following basic pigments:
- Titanium white.
- Ivory black.
- Primary yellow.
- Cadmium red.
- Cobalt blue.
  • Set of flat brushes (natural or synthetic) for oil or acrylic painting.
  • Scentless solvent for brush cleaning.
  • Old jar with lid for your solvent.
  • Small bottle of linseed oil for thinning and mixing your paint.
  • Linquin oil - medium (this is an oil additive to reduce paint drying time).
  • Palette (an old plate, the glass from an old picture frame, or similar).
  • Rag or old cloth for drying brushes.
  • Kitchen roll for cleaning up excess paint from your palette or brushes.

Please ask your teacher for guidance on recommended and affordable materials in advance of your class if required.
Your teacher
Lascelles Fine Arts
Lascelles Fine Arts

5.0 (4)

At Lascelles Fine Arts we are passionate about bringing culture into the lives of our students. We believe that art and culture improves the world at large, and the wellbeing of our students in particular.

Practicing an artform changes the way we live our lives and our perspective on the world around us. As the mechanical practice of drawing or painting is mentally challenging, it is beneficial for brain health in the same way physical exercise benefits the physical condition. Practicing sketching helps us become more aware of our environment and sharpens our observational skills. When our daily routine may involve an endless series of stressful obligations arising from being an adult in a demanding modern world, practicing an artform provides us with a meditative experience that may best be described as "Zen". Art creation teaches us to be in the moment, to let go of what we cannot control and focus on what we can practically do in the moment we are in. The page and canvas are analogous to an alternate universe that we create and control; here we are free to express whatever we please. The work we create may never be seen by another human being, and thus it has the potential to be a safe exterior space in which to express whatever we have the need to express, without the fear of judgement from our peers.

Many of our students have small experience with art creation, or none at all. It is our belief that anyone can learn to make art, at any age, even when starting from scratch. Our classes give our students the fundamentals that they need to either proceed with additional instruction, or to confidently practice on their own at the their own speed. The classes are designed to encourage our students to believe in their own ability to learn and progress.

As with everyone else, we had to adapt quickly to the current situation following the start of the first lockdown. By the end of the summer of 2020 we began our first online classes and courses. We did our best to tailor those experiences to the needs of our students and to limit the potential pitfalls inherent in teaching an art class online. Through experience, continuous improvement, and the talents of our dedicated tutors we believe our online classes are as rich in value as any that we can offer in person. Our online classes have the added benefit of offering the opportunity for students from the entire country to engage with high-level tutors without the need to make extended trips to do so.

At the moment, our primary instructor is the British-American painter Gordon Carter. He has 31 years experience with oil painting, 23 years professional experience exhibiting and selling his work, 15 years experience teaching painting and drawing, as well as 10 years of experience curating exhibitions for public institutions as well as privately organizing group showings of various artists. His works are held in public and private collections across Europe and North America. As a professional, he is most passionate about sharing his expertise with his students and encouraging them to confidently believe in their own ability to create and benefit from art.

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Ebru Smith Jun 2021

Gordon is a great tutor. He put me at ease from the first class and we are able to learn by chatting while he sets me tasks to paint. I enjoy my time immensely and find two hours flies by. I relax and enjoy myself and it is worth every penny.

Alessandra Maggiora Jun 2021

30 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews

I cannot stress enough how good and helpful this class is. Gordon is an extremely knowledgeable teacher and artist, happy to share his knowledge and experience. As a total beginner he tailored the class accordingly, explaining all the basic theory of oil painting and then hands on canvas! The afternoon literally flew by :)

Ebru Smith May 2021

Great class! Learned so much and my tutor was excellent. I would recommend this and already have!

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