Oil Painting Course

This oil painting lesson course is being held online via video calls (mostly Zoom). Each lesson lasts around 1 hour and it is a deep dive into the basics of oil painting, painting in general and the methodology of the medium.

It is suitable for beginners and or even professionals who want to rationalize the oil painting process. It is being hosted by the visual artist Miltos Despoudis. You will need check the upcoming events to see which lesson is listed at the moment. There will be a restart of the lesson course once it reaches the end. Upon request there is also the possibility to start a second group parallel to the one that is already going on.

Creative Sessions is an art group based in Berlin, Germany. We organize events that were mostly in-person but now also online.

The total lessons listed below are not finalized. This means that at the moment that many more are being added at the end of the list each month.

Lesson Plan

#1 The Palette

In this lesson we will cover the basics with preparing the pallete. We will try to check out some works from the participants also. We will have an overview of the painting process and find solutions to the most common problems. You might want to have some of your art materials ready just to experiment with us live or just watch and take notes.

#2 The Color Creation

In this painting lesson we will explore the ways we can create oil colors and test them on the canvas. We will have an overview of the painting process and find solutions to the most common problems. You might want to have some of your art materials ready just to experiment with us live or just watch and take notes.

#3 The Oil Painting Surface

In this painting lesson we will explore the possible painting surfaces. We will learn in brief how to prime the canvas cloth and frame it, the differences in the texture and how to choose what is best for us. Also we will check the other common surfaces such as wooden panels.

#4 Structuring and Layers

In this lesson you will see a basic workflow of working with layers.
We will find out how to understand what kind of structuring could be used.

#5 From Draft to Canvas

In this lesson you will learn how to transfer a draft drawing or an idea to the canvas. This is not only about the technique but also about the logic.

#6 Subject Matters

In this lesson we will try to rationalize the process of deciding what to paint. Many people might be stuck at the early stages of deciding what to paint. This lesson will inspire you and make things clearer in the way you can approach things.

#7 Color Management & Hues

In this lesson you will learn to organize your oil colors and how to understand their effects in the painting. It is about defining a color arrangement by for example Saturation-Tone-Hue and trying to apply it on to the oil colors.

#8 Objects in Space

In this lesson you will learn the basics of object formation in painting. How to be consistent in the overall repetition and how to spot the effects of depth inside a painting.

#9 Skin & Flesh

In this lesson you will learn how to handle the most commons problems regarding painting skin and flesh. We will explore the ways someone can create the illusion of skin.

#10 Face & Balance

In this painting you will learn to create and manipulate the human face. You will learn how balance the characteristics and solve the common problems that come up in the process.

#11 Plasticity

In this lesson you will learn a few tricks about toning, shadows and light. You learn the power of using tones and plasticity in your paintings.

#12 Form Balance

In this lesson you will learn how to balance the color of the forms in relations to each other. This is a way or recognizing what color form qualities have more weight inside a painting. A common problem is that an artist adds too many variations in color hues, tone, and saturation and there is nothing happening apart from creating chaos.

#13 Repetition of Forms

In this lesson you will learn how to manage a consistent repetition of forms within a painting. Repetition can be the thing that bind all elements together. Commonly it will make the creator to make decisions over the smallest brushstrokes he needs to use.

#14 Focus & Sharpness

In this lesson you will learn how manage and create focus and sharpness. This is an overview of how to balance Sharpness in essence. In addition, you will see what kind of role such a variation can play.

#15 -Coming Soon-