with Kate Measham

There have been a number of beginners workshops recently – but what to do next?

This is aimed at students who have done a bit of work with oil paints but are not confident. You may have done one or two beginners workshops but are not ready for masterclasses. You may feel you need reminders before new tasks. You may feel all the above and not quite know what to do next.

As with all newly acquired skills you have to use them, or lose them. Kate Measham has a range of exercises to stretch your abilities, and ways to encourage you to enjoy painting with oils.

Learning new skills in a supportive environment is an excellent way to gain confidence, and to remind yourself that art courses are life enhancing.

The more you use your oils the happier you will be to pick up tubes of paint and dive in…

  • Tutor, Kate Measham
  • Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th November 2023
  • 10.00 – 4.00
  • £160/workshop
  • Mottisfont Village Hall, Mottisfont, Romsey SO51 0LH
  • Tea and coffee provided, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH
  • lots of parking, easels, tables and boards provided
  • aimed at students who have done a bit of work with oil paints but are not confident.

What to expect on this ‘Early Days with Oils’ workshop

On this two day workshops you will be given many exercises to try. For example, limited palette paintings, palettes used by different artists, thinking about colour, thinking about drawing with paint, monochrome work, and more. This will involve lots of quick sketches followed by more in depth studies once you have decided which direction interests you most.

Kate encourages you to experiment, play and enjoy the medium. Oil paints are forgiving; you don’t have to tiptoe around them as though they might somehow break. You will try an intuitive approach as well as more measured sketches. It is important that you enjoy the process. Often the work that has gone wrong are the pieces that teach you the most. These ones can be the pieces on which you have worked hardest. This is where you learn to try again, and see what happens.

Painting with oils is great fun once you get going, so come along to remind yourself that you CAN do it. You will revisit tone, colour mixing, mark making, composition and a still life. Good working practise helps to keep your colours clean.


Materials can be found online and in good art shops. Jacksons’ Art is a fairly comprehensive site with good quality own brand products.

For this class please bring a mix of oil paints in large tubes including:

  • titanium white (2 tubes)
  • alizarin crimzon
  • lemon yellow
  • cobalt blue
  • viridian *
  • yellow ochre *

*smaller tubes of these two is fine.

In addition you will need:

  • charcoal, pencils, eraser
  • sketchbook, about A4
  • rags,
  • brushes (a mix of sizes including large),
  • odour free solvents, two jam jars with lids.
  • A jug or large jar to store your brushes
  • your palette – disposable is fine
  • palette knife
  • an A4 pad and an A3 pad of oil painting paper, or canvas pads
  • Lots of prepared surfaces such as Jackson’s canvas pads, canvas boards, gessoed paper
  • a bag for your rubbish

You will be doing a large number of sketches. I don’t mind what surface you use but please bring at least 10 for the two days.