Beginners Oil Painting

  • Session: March 4th – 25th
  • Session: April 1st – 29th (No class April 22nd easter Monday)
  • Session: May 6th – 27th
  • Time: Monday’s 5:30-8pm
  • Instructor: Steve Chmilar
  • Experience: Beginners. Patience and desire are the only prerequisites.
  • Ages: 16+
  • Investment: $90/ 4 classes
  • Supplies: Listed below

If you have ever wondered how artists like DaVinci or Rembrandt could have created such breathtaking works of art, then this course is for you. Even if you are a beginner, you can learn the steps and techniques that the great masters used to paint timeless masterpieces. Climbing the tallest mountain is possible if you take it one step at a time.

In this four session introductory workshop, Steve Chmilar will demystify the atelier oil painting method by breaking it down in the easily manageable steps. All the materials you will need can be found at any art store. This course will be taught in an odour free environment without the use of any toxic mediums such as thinner or turpentine.

Encouraging note: It is commonly thought that oil painting is more difficult than acrylic. I will show you why it is actually easier in many ways. The word ‘classical’ may sound advanced but this course is designed to give painters at any skill level a sound understanding of fundamental techniques that can be used for any style.

CLASS ONE: Introduction to theory, canvas priming, value scale hand-out, image selection, drawing with paint. Starting with only umber.
CLASS TWO: Underpainting to grisaille. Working with umber to white.
CLASS THREE: Colour. The theory of mixing any hue that can be seen with the human eye.
CLASS FOUR: More colour. Oiling out, glazing, scumbling, veiling and touch ups.

Steve Chmilar is one of Canada’s foremost New Contemporary painters. Since his debut show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2011, he has painted full-time by selling his work internationally to private collectors. In 2012, he won best in show at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit (Canada’s largest juried exhibition) and Prix De La Meilleure Oeuvre (Prize for Best Work) Mtl en Arts in Montreal. He has been featured on HiFructose,com and John Dalton’s Gently Does it podcast. Recently, he placed as a top finalist out of thousands of international entries in two of the internets largest art competitions: the 2nd annual Jonathan LeVine projects Delusional Art Competition and the Beautiful Bizarre Magazines Art Prize.

Steve’s teaching style is patient and encouraging. “I strive to make a learning environment as relaxed as possible while giving out a lot of information. A light-hearted, low-pressure space that is full of positive energy is the best place to absorb new information and experiment”.

Supply List: 

Must have for first class: (not supplied by instructor)

Small canvas or painting panel: Primed. 9”x12” is an ideal size. Up to 12”12” or 12”x15” can work as well.

Brushes: -Flat or angle flat: small, medium to large or 8 to 20 or 1/4” to 1” (8mm to 24mm)
-Filbert: small to medium, 1 to 4 or 1/4” to 1/2” (8mm to 12mm)
-Round: very small to medium, 0 to 6, most importantly sizes 2 to 4.

Oil Paint: (small 37ml tubes are plenty)
– Raw Umber, Burnt Umber or both.
– White (could be titanium, flake white replacement or fast matte).

Refined Linseed Oil. Any small quantity of any brand will do.

Mixing surface or palette of any kind.

Palette Knife: any small trowel shaped knife will do.

Rags or cloths. One or two is plenty.


Supplied by instructor during the first class will be as follows:

Reference Images
Brush dip for cleaning and storing brushes.
Notes on technical information and theory.

Feel free to bring any other oil paints that you already have.


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