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Oil Figure Painting Workshop – Sat 6th & Sun 7th July 2019


Oil Figure Painting Workshop with Stewart Beckett – Sat 6th & Sun 7th July 2019

A 2 day workshop covering the drawing and painting techniques for capturing a figure in a setting. Working from a clothed model the group will start with an initial drawing using the sight size method (which will be taught optionally to students who are interested in learning). The drawing will be done in charcoal or pencil then transferred onto your painting surface.

Your canvas will be covered with an imprimatura (coloured ground) of raw umber, onto which your transfer drawing will be placed. After fixing a direct method of painting will be started. Stage one will be the block in made from observations of the model. Stage two is about refining and setting the contrast level in the painting. Stage three is all about colour and colour mixing. Stage four will be finishing touches and detail.

Some understanding of drawing will be helpful for the course. No painting experience is required.


10am – 4pm Sat 6th July – Arch 4

10am – 3pm Sun 7th July – Arch 4


Arches Map

Arch 4 Arches Studios Central Bridge Southampton SO14 3FE

Aim of the workshop:

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to use oil paints. Techniques to improve observation and drawing skills. Brush control and colour mixing.

Materials list:

Students will need the following materials for the course;

Oil Paints

  • Some easels are available to use, but bring your own in case not enough.
  • Colours
    • Ivory Black, Raw Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Alizarin Crimson, Cobolt Blue, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna,  Nickel yellow or Naples Yellow, Titanium White.
  • Odourless Thinner (Odourless White Spirit)
  • Primed Canvas 24” x 30” or 20” x 24”
  • Paint Brushes, Hog Brushes, and Synthetic (A good range of sizes)
  • Pallet Knife
  • Pallet
  • Rags, Kitchen roll
  • Old Clothes
  • An old take away tub or Tupa ware tub that we will place our paints in over night.
  • A small mirror


  • Cartridge paper A3 or A2
  • Drawing board
  • Charcoal, or pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, H)
  • Putty Rubber
  • Tape
  • Tracing paper the same size as your canvas.
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RSI and Art Don’t Mix

Since January 2014 I have been plagued by an RSI in my right arm. This effects one of the nerves and causes a lot of pain and tightness, and as you can imagine is not conducive with my painting and drawing work.  I have taught my self to use my left arm but its not the same and control is not as fine or precise. I find myself getting quite frustrated as I can’t do what I know I can do sometimes. So for the time being I have not been producing much work that requires a lot of fine control.

This has lead me on a path of experimentation and discovery that I may not have taken had I not had this problem.  I have been trying new ways of applying paint and different surfaces. My current explorations are into using mirrors as a surface, as I like the idea of introducing another level of light effect to the finished piece.  To this end I have been playing around with spraying the mirrors and then painting on top of the enamel spray. After this I scratch back into the surface to reveal small pockets of mirror, that add another dimension to the finished image. Along with this I have been using acrylic glazing mediums to introduce a textured surface that adds interest.