Where will this course lead?

Learn the basics of using oil paints and develop your skills.

What will I study?

This course is suitable for those new to oil painting and those with a little experience. The course will build your painting skills and confidence in the medium of oil paint. It may also improve your thought process and composition skills in other painting mediums.

You will look at and practice materials and processes involved in oil painting, and work from still life right from the beginning.

We will look at a range of oil painting techniques, including mixing colour, using different surfaces, preparation techniques and various paint application methods. You will then move on to working on self-directed projects whilst being guided on how you might put your initial sketches into practice.

You will leave the course having explored and experimented with various techniques and having created your own art work. You will have more awareness of the diverse concepts and production of the generic process of oil painting.

How will this course be delivered?

The terms are usually 10 week duration, dependable upon the start date of each term. Places are bookable via the Enrolment Team in advance. Each session is 2 hours per week.

This course will be delivered at Blossomfield Campus with free campus parking whilst attending class. Solihull train station is within walking distance, and there is a frequent bus service.

You will need your own A3 sketchbook, paper, pencils (B-B8), sharpener, rubber, charcoal, oil paints, kitchen roll, cloth, paint brushes for oil paints, jar with airtight lid, palette for oil paints, apron, oil paint paper, and any other materials will be discussed in class.

What qualifications will I get?

This is a leisure and personal development class.

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing tutor assessment with time for self-reflection. No exams.

How do I get a place on the course?

Please contact our student services desk by dialling 0121 678 7000, option 2 for Enrolment. If you are unable to reach student services, please send an e-mail ensuring you provide your: name, telephone number, the course title you would like to attend, your email address, to: Community@solihull.ac.uk.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be aged 19+ with a willingness to learn new skills and enjoy being creative.

What else do I need to know?

From Week 1 students will need to supply their own A3 sketchbook, pencils, oil paint etc (please see list in How Your Course Will Be Delivered above) and it's advisable to wear an apron when working with oil paints.

What can I do after this course?

Enrolment is needed for each term. There is also an Art for Leisure course at Woodlands Campus which is using acrylic paint. Further to these, after building a good portfolio, consider progressing towards a higher level art qualification at the College or consider how your new skills might lead into employment or self-employment opportunities.

Whilst registered as a Solihull College student you have the benefit of access to the library, and Careers Department who are able to give you information, advice and guidance on setting up your own business, and an opportunity to attend an optional 'start your own business' online workshop.


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£140 (for 10 weeks)

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Part Time

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