I offer both an informal art group and a structured oil painting class at my studio in the Midlands.

• Art Group

This is for artists of all levels and working in any medium who want a space to work on their own projects in the company of other creative people. There is no instruction but members will be able to receive feedback and advice from each other and myself. Other activities can also be arranged, such as plein air landscape painting excursions.

• Oil Painting Class

In this class, I teach a traditional style of oil painting, starting with the basics and working up to more advanced techniques. The class is suitable for beginners as well as for more experienced painters who want to learn a different approach to painting.

The emphasis of the class is on realism, which means representing form, tone, and colour in a convincing manner. However, realism does not require a high level of detail or finish, and in the class we focus on quick, painterly exercises.

We start by training the eye with still-life drawings in charcoal and chalk. This medium lends itself to a messier, looser way of drawing, with a focus on form and tone rather than detail, and is a good starting point for working with oil paint.

We then approach painting using only black and white paint. This helps students to learn how to handle the paint and brushes without the added complication of colour mixing. This also helps to further train the eye to see tonal values without the distraction of colour.

Next, a few earth colours are added to the palette. A full range of muted colours can be mixed from this palette. Limiting the palette at this stage helps to strengthen the students’ colour mixing abilities, and teaches them about achieving colour harmony. Finally, the stronger primary colours are introduced to extend the range of the palette.

After this, we go on to working on longer projects, working in layers and utilising techniques such as glazing and scumbling.