Oil painting for beginners

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Oil Painting

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Richard Hamilton Building, Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


Over this 3 day summer course, you will be guided by award winning oil artist Peter Keegan on the best principals and techniques when working with oil paint. Covering everything from the best tools to use, how to work and use the materials and how to go about the painting process, your knowledge and understanding will be helped through demonstrations and detailed written guides. We will cover many main principals in painting including tone, colour and proportions when painting landscapes and still lifes. This course is ideal for complete beginners to oil painting or those with little experience. The aim of this course is for you to come away with confidence and the ability to handle this versatile medium to create excellent oil paintings.

Introducing Peter:

Peter Keegan is an award-winning artist living and working in Buckinghamshire, UK, specialising in portraiture. Working in oils, Peter follows traditional techniques but uses them in a way to depict the people he meets in a modern and original style. His aim in portraiture is to always create a painting or drawing that reflects the subject's likeness and personality, as well as capturing those special elements which make the subject truly "them".

Peter has worked and exhibited in the UK, USA and Australia, painting children, individual portraits and professionals including, members of the clergy, doctors, professors, university vice chancellors, head teachers, musicians, conductors and artists.

Peter regularly teaches and runs art demonstrations to art groups and societies and participates in art fairs, festivals and exhibitions across the UK exhibiting both his figurative work and landscapes.

Peter was awarded Artist and Illustrator's Artist of the Year 2013, People's Choice award for his portrait of 'Jonathan Mann, Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales'.

Some of Peter's work can be found in public collections as part of the Public Catalogue Foundation.

Peter is a member of the Visual Images Group and is an elected member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society.