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Painting Landscapes in Oils Workshop

July 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

£60.00 – £65.00
Painting Landscapes in Oils with Andrew Barrowman ARBSA, Spring 2024

Painting Landscapes in Oils Workshop with Andrew Barrowman ARBSA

Learn new skills in a supportive and enjoyable environment alongside others of a similar ability, with hands-on advice and tips from the tutor.

You will use the ‘alla prima’ technique where the painting is done wet into wet in one session – ‘first time’. The course will cover the use of different materials, techniques, composition and some colour mixing

Age group and abilities to be taught        

  • 18 years and above.
  • Suitable for all abilities

Course Outline for Painting Landscapes in Oils Workshop

Course aims and skills/knowledge to be taught

  • Discuss different surfaces to paint onto and their different properties.
  • Simplified composition.
  • How to layout your oil painting palette.
  • Which oil painting mediums to use – and when to use them (or not!).
  • Different types of oil painting brushes and their uses.
  • Split primary palette – warm and cool versions of the primary colours.
  • ‘Alla prima’ painting techniques.
  • Cleaning up at the end of a painting session.


Course Outline


  • Introduction to landscape painting in oils.
  • Brief introduction to oil painting materials and equipment.
  • Laying out our painting palette and getting ready to begin painting.
  • Choosing which brushes to begin a painting with.
  • Colour mixing exercise – helpful for getting distance in your painting.
  • Looking at our chosen images to paint and working out composition.
  • Begin our painting – hopefully before lunch. The tutor will demonstrate how to begin the painting in the ‘alla prima’ method.



  • Continue your painting and the tutor will circulate around the room giving one to one
  • help and advice.
  • Look at our paintings together (a mini exhibition) and discuss the positives.
  • Cleaning up and getting ready for transportation home.


Material Required

  • A landscape image to work from – urban, coastal or rural, bring several if you’re not sure. The tutor uses a tablet to paint from, which enables you to enlarge areas easily.
  • Apron or old clothing – to protect your clothes and, importantly, several large cotton rags for wiping brushes.
  • Low odour turps (Zest It or Gamsol are good) and a medium or large sized jam jar with screw lid for transportation – you will need about half of a jam jar for this workshop.
  • Any oil paint, palette knives, brushes etc that you currently use.
    • Note: the tutor will bring some palette knives for you to try if you don’t have your own.
  • Basic paint colours will be provided but please bring any you already have.
  • A palette for mixing your oil paint – the tutor use glass but primed plywood is good or disposable tear off paper is ok.
  • 2 small to medium sized primed canvases or boards (remember you have to take it home whilst wet – the tutor has a good method for this which he will show you!).
  • The surface can be white or primed with a ground colour such as burnt sienna or yellow ochre.
  • Don’t forget you will need to transport your wet painting back with you so bring something that you can carry it in, or put it on if travelling by car. A plastic bag is fine for transporting a wet palette home.

Method of Assessing Outcomes

  • At the end of the day during the mini exhibition the class will discuss what you have learnt and discovered and how you can apply those techniques in our own work.
  • There is also a course evaluation to be completed.

Booking information

  • To book please visit the RBSA Gallery website and click ‘workshops’ at the top of the page. Alternatively, please call the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 during opening hours Tues-Sat 10.30am – 5pm. Bookings can also be made in person at the Gallery. Payment in full is required at the time of booking to secure a place.
  • Payments can be made by card online, by card over the phone, and by cash/card at the Gallery.
  • Places are limited to 10 people per workshop unless stated otherwise. Allocation will take place on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Please inform the RBSA Gallery when booking of any health conditions or additional needs as some workshops might not be suitable.
  • A valid student ID must be provided to receive a student discount.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you, the customer cancels your booked workshop, we are unable to offer you a refund.
  • Transfers to an alternative workshop may be possible depending on the circumstance and is of the discretion of the RBSA Gallery.
  • In the event of under-subscription, workshops may be cancelled or re-arranged. We will give you as much notice as possible if this happens and you will be able to transfer to another course or receive a full refund. The RBSA is unable to refund additional expenses, such as travel and accommodation.
  • If you are booked on a workshop and do not turn up on the day, a refund will not be given.

Continual Professional Development (CPD) and Copyright

  • We welcome bookings from people attending for Continual Professional Development (CPD). However, our workshops are not designed as CPD. If your employer is paying for the course or you require more details about what you expect from the course, please contact the Gallery in advance before booking.
  • The workshop content and any information provided (e.g. handouts, guidance notes, etc.) are the intellectual property of the artist delivering the workshop. They should not be used or reproduced without permission from the artist (e.g. copying handouts to use in any classes workshop attendees might deliver themselves afterwards). 

Other information

  • The workshop will take place in the RBSA Gallery, floor 1. The space will be closed to visitors and will only be used by workshop attendees. However, staff and volunteers will need to walk through the space at various points in the day to access the staff office, which is located on the same floor.
  • Attendees can leave their materials in the workshop space during their breaks but the RBSA will not be responsible for any loss or damages.
  • Please bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, there are a number of cafés and sandwich shops within walking distance of the Gallery.
  • Please bring an old shirt or apron to help protect your clothing.
  • The continuous redevelopment work in the city center has caused increased traffic, delays, and diversions in and around the City Centre. Therefore, please allow yourself plenty of travel time, plan your route, and check your parking arrangements.
  • If you are travelling by car, please ensure your car is clean air zone compliant, or charges may occur.


July 23
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
£60.00 – £65.00
Event Category:


Andrew Barrowman


Gallery 1


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