About the materials: You don’t have to bring any materials to this class. The instructor will bring materials for everyone to use. Just come and have fun painting! (You’ll take home some lovely small paintings made in class.)

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Class 68934: Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners
Saturday May 11, 10am-3pm
Tuition: $130 + $10 registration fee
Nothing to buy or bring. Materials provided at no additional charge.
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Minimum: 5. Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

"In this hands-on class, students will learn how to work with water-mixable oils, using an easy step-by-step method.


Oil painting can be fun! Especially when you’re painting with water-miscible oils, like the kind we’ll be using in this class. (They clean up in a jiffy with soap and water — no turpentine or solvents needed!)

In this class, students will learn how to work with oils, using an easy step-by-step method that will have you falling in love with oils. You’ll learn how to paint some simple and easy shapes, how to mix and blend colors, and how to paint some easy landscape elements. 

If you love the look of paintings done with oils, but have been afraid to try them because they seem like they would be too hard, this class is for you!  About the instructor

About the materials: You can bring your own water-miscible oils, or buy a kit before the class. Please do NOT bring regular oils that need turpentine or solvents other than water to clean up. Water mixable oils only please.

“We enjoyed learning the many techniques, the individual teaching from the instructor, the positive atmosphere and the handout was great to take home. It was also super helpful to be able to purchase the necessary supplies on site.” – Suzanne F.,  Seattle

“The presentation was well organized and let students work at their own pace while the instructor helped moved around helping us one by one.” – Mary T., Kent

In this class you’ll learn to paint in oils. We’ll start by painting some simple forms and shapes, then add details to turn them into realistic objects.

You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of color theory and relationships through a series of guided exercise, working with high quality materials.

Oil Painting for Beginners is a helpful foundation-level class for painters, and is also recommended for designers, and for everyone else who loves color. Instructor: Nils Osmar


  • Why colors can look great under some lighting conditions, but (the same colors) can look terrible under when the lighting is different
  • All about warm and cool colors, and how to use them for mood or effect, or to make paintings look more striking and three dimensional
  • All about opposites and complements: colors that can neutralize each other or bring each other to life
  • Why some color arrangements (or paintings) may look dull and bland, and how a small dash of a totally different color can bring them to life.
  • How to start from just three or four basic colors, and paint earth tones, tints and shades

No previous drawing or painting experience is needed.