Skip to main content


Tuesday, 1 March '22   6:30pm – 8:30pm NZDT
9 spaces available

This is an online event.

Joining instructions will be provided after booking.


Course Code: OTGO122
Tutor: Evan Woodruffe
When: Tues 6.30 - 8.30pm
Dates: 1 March - 5 April 2022
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $190

Even in the 21st Century, oil colours have the highest colour concentration and light refraction of all artists’ colours. This brilliance, along with their malleable character and slow drying times, makes oil colour superior for many painting techniques where glazing, blending, or working-back is called for. 

In this exciting online tutorial, Evan Woodruffe combines historical solvent-free
oil painting techniques with modern mediums and approaches, to show how to create oil paintings quickly, safely, and with all the vibrancy oil colour has to offer.

With lessons from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, this online tutorial presents oil painting as a fume-free, systematic process, with solvent-free clean-up. Impressionism teaches quick methods for alla prima painting, and modern mediums allow for fast glazing techniques and thin solvent-free veils of colour, all resulting in oil paintings of depth and ease.
See materials list for requirements.

Session 1 Finding the Good Oil Course introduction: an overview of historic developments in oil painting, from its introduction by Jan van Eyck 600 years ago, to contemporary techniques of painters such as Callum Innes. See how borrowing from these different approaches can create a modern method that is solvent-free, stable, quick, and brilliant! Instruction on ground preparation for Session 2.

Session 2 Light and Dark On prepared grounds, compose 2-3 underpaintings using chiaroscuro – the balance of light and dark. Through the making of this study, discuss the importance of working from dark to light, the effect of colour temperatures, the usefulness of exaggeration, and choose whether this is the beginning of a quick or prolonged painting process.

Session 3 What colours when? To begin colouring up underpaintings, we need to understand the nature of our oil colours. Their material characteristics denote their suitability for specific techniques, i.e. glazing, scumbling, and their relative ability to “make space” in a painting. Using a few colours, begin the colouring process, with each underpainting taking a different route towards completion. 

Session 4 Are we there yet? While Titian boasted of 50 layers of paint, some commentators by the late 19th C considered 3 layers sufficient, and by the early 20th C Henri Matisse was creating wonders with hardly 1! Work on completing paintings with increased colour complexity and a deeper look at application techniques – considering the moment to stop.

Session 5 Quick Fix Painting alla prima (all at once) requires careful planning, a critical eye, and some deft application. From the Impressionists catching the light, to Gerhard Richter catching photographs, we discuss how to set up for quick, single session painting techniques for the best painting outcome.

Session 6 Finishing When is a painting finished? What can we do with an unsuccessful painting? What are the issues with a successful one? How can we incorporate oil paint into mixed media works? Evan has some answers! Also discuss the issue of varnishing – the types and applications, when and how.
Course requirements: 
Reliable desktop computer/smartphone/laptop
Internet connection /wireless
Webcam /microphone
Zoom account can use a free version
Materials from list attached


Course requirements: 
Reliable desktop computer/smartphone/laptop
Internet connection /wireless
Webcam /microphone
Zoom account can use a free version

Materials: See list attached



Standard Booking

Available until Tue 1 Mar '22 6:30pm
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.

Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation

Available until Tue 1 Mar '22 6:30pm
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.

Online event information