An Oil Painting workshop with Sarah Spackman

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Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. Her work is in many private collections and a number of paintings are part of the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.For more information about Sarah and her work see

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn about, or to improve their colour mixing skills. 

Using oil paints, you will look at how colours are created, and what effect they have on each other in a painting.

  • Tutor, Sarah Spackman
  • 20th March, 2023
  • 10.00 – 4.00
  • £170/workshop
  • tea and coffee available all day.
  • A light lunch will be included
  • Suitable for students with some experience of painting with oils

What to expect on this Colour Mixing Workshop

When we look at something we see a colour.

This colour is created by the light falling on the object, person, or landscape. Learning how to mix the right colour means that you will be better able to see and understand the subject in front of you. Colour is very exciting!

When we look at colour, we don’t look at one colour in isolation. The better understanding of the relationships between the colours, the more harmonious the painting will be.

Oil paint is a wonderful medium for exploring colour. It is very versatile and can be used to mix colours of great depth and strength as well as those of great subtlety and delicacy. All you need is a large palette, a palette knife and some paint.

Setting out your palette and keeping it clean are one of the first things to learn when trying to mix clean colours. These clean colours will give you greater clarity in your painting. Colour mixing is one of the most important skills to understand when painting. This day course will teach you to understand the interaction of different colours, how to mix them, and how to use them in your painting.

We will start by making a colour wheel. Mixing the paint carefully to make even steps around the circle.

We will explore complimentary colours and see how they work together, and we will learn how to mix a variety of different greys.


It will be a fun day with a lot of paint mixing!! You will need to bring oil paints:

  • Titanium white
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Blue Ultramarine

a small board, primed white for oil painting

A palette knife
A large palette
Lots of rags
A selection of brushes for oil painting odour free solvent

Paper for painting on will be supplied.