Simplifying Painting in Oils

Two day Oil Painting weekend with Kevin Scully

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021 , 10am to 4pm each day, £125

This workshop is for adults (18+)

An introduction to oil painting where you will be shown a range of techniques to help you produce a successful oil painting, covering a variety of subject matter including landscapes, seascapes and still life. There will also be plenty of opportunity to experiment!

About the tutor

Find tutor information for Kevin Scully here

Other costs and Materials to bring

Due to CoVid 19 we are unable to share materials so please bring the following:

Painting Boards:

A selection of fine surface, canvas painting boards or canvases. Suggested sizes, roughly 10′ x 12″, 14″ x 18″ or 16″ x 20″

Please tint these beforehand with a thin wash of either oil or acrylic in a neutral colour so that they are dry and ready to paint on. A mixture of perhaps a little raw umber and Payne’s grey is a good neutral ground colour. It doesn’t have to be carefully painted or too opaque and can even be wiped on with a rag.


Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Schmincke, Michael Harding, and Old Holland are all good makes.

Suggested colours:

  • Titanium White Winsor & Newton ‘Griffin’ Alkyd oil paint – in a large 75ml or 100ml tube.
    This is a fast-drying oil paint and can be mixed with your traditional oils to speed up the drying process.

The following oil colours in smaller tubes – usually about 38ml:

  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Magenta or Permanent Rose
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Oxide of Chromium
  • Phthalo Green
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne’s Grey

If you wish, you could use entirely Alkyd colours which will speed things up even further. These can also be mixed with traditional oils.

  • A selection of flat and round, hog hair, oil painting brushes, or synthetic acrylic painting brushes. Sizes: 3, 6, 8 and 10
  • A couple of small, synthetic brushes for detail. Sizes: 2 and 3.
Other Materials:
  • A table-top easel
  • An ordinary dark coloured pencil (blue or brown, and not water-soluble) for drawing on boards
  • Distilled turpentine, or any other propriety brands of painting mediums for thinning paint
  • Wooden palette
  • Palette knife for cleaning palette
  • Clip-on metal dippers for holding painting medium
  • A couple of jars with screw tops for holding solvent (white spirit, or environmentally friendly low-odour solvent) for cleaning brushes
  • Some rags and kitchen towel
  • An apron, or some old clothes
  • Reference material of things you would like to paint (the tutor will also bring some images as starting points)
  • Any other materials that you like to use

Please bring your own mug for these sessions. There will be hot water for drinks to have during the session.

Please remember also to bring your own packed lunch.

Participant numbers and social distancing

Workshop participant numbers will be capped at 6 people to retain small group numbers.

Please note that we will be observing social distancing whilst trying to make this as normal a workshop as possible.  Bring your own face mask.  Do not attend if you, or members of your household, feel unwell or have CoVid-like symptoms.  In any case we will be following the government guidance for our activities outdoors and if the guidance changes, we’ll be bound to observe it as necessary. 

Cancellation policy.

Please note that a ticketing fee of £5 is included in the price of this workshop and this is not refundable in any circumstance.

If you are unable to attend the workshop and you cancel your attendance more than two weeks prior to the workshop, the ticketing fee above will be retained.  If you cancel less than two weeks before the workshop no fees are refundable.

In the event of City Arts having to cancel the workshop due to participants’ numbers falling below the minimum requirement or government advice changes, we will refund the whole workshop amount.