Introduction to Oil Painting

Chris Hawkes

During this course you will be introduced to the basics of oil painting, gaining confidence working with oil paints as you learn through making. The tutor will guide you through three different ways to start a figurative painting, showing you how each process affects the painting’s outcome and encouraging you to understand which way fits best with your painting style and personal goals.

This course is beginner friendly, starting with the basics of working in oil paint but also appropriate for those wanting to gain confidence.



White Room, Phoenix Art Space

All materials are provided but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes if they have them. Please bring a colour photograph that you wish to paint from, keep this simple e.g. a still life or single figure.

Chris is a visual artist working with painting in the expanded field. They have a BA (Hons) in Painting from the University of Brighton and an MLitt in Fine Art Practice from Glasgow School of Art. Their work moves between figurative and abstract painting, predominately working in oils they engage with the rich history of painting, exploring ideas of the iteration, myth, queer culture and materiality. Chris has exhibited throughout the UK, taken part in artist residencies both in the UK and China and worked on multiple commissions, with their practice now based at Phoenix Art Space.

Chris is in the early stages of their teaching career and aims to build on their experience through the Phoenix Art Space course programme. This is reflected in the current course ticket price.

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