Contemporary Painting Course

OVADA is very excited to announce the return of our popular Contemporary Painting Course. Four established tutors, who are all practicing artists from Oxford and London, will each run individual projects: Painting Objects, Painting Nature, Painting History and Abstracting the Figure.

Course Leader, Jan Crombie, will deliver day workshops aimed to demystify aspects of the painting process including: Surfaces and Primers; Themes and Style; Memory / Imagination; Adding and Removing; Colour / Saturation / Sheen; and Collage / Print / Text.

The combination of projects and workshops aims to encourage confidence in using the tools of the trade while exploring varied themes and approaches to contemporary painting.

Course Details

September 2017 – March 2018

20 x Tuesdays (10am – 4pm), starting on 26 September 2017

Cost: £920 (£900 for OVADA Associates), payable by BACs in full in advance.

Places: Minimum 8 – Maximum 10

Materials provided: solvents, gesso, acrylic mediums, plywood boards, household paints, use of easels, paper, charcoal etc

Materials not provided: artist’s paints (either oil or acrylic can be used; interchangeable throughout the course), canvases and brushes.

Course Outline
The focus will be on discovering current concerns in painting. This course is aimed at those with some experience of painting but who are committed to exploring the subject in more depth. A variety of ideas, processes and techniques will be explored. The Course might also suit artists who have a practice that doesn’t include painting but who might wish to find new skills in this area.

Students are encouraged to allow time to work on the projects between sessions. There is limited storage available at OVADA so students will be required to take their equipment home at the end of each session.

Course Leader: Jan Crombie
Guest Tutors: Gerard Hanson, Henny Acloque, Didi Baldwin and Luke Skiffington

(Past guest tutors have included: Hannah BrownLaura Degenhardt and Eleanor Moreton)

Students will:
-gain experience in basics such as stretching canvas, priming safe use of solvents, primers and varnishes.
-have the benefit of the differing viewpoints of 5 tutors in order to discuss their work in depth.
-complete 4 separate projects. These will each have a context and an introduction to the work of other painters.
-have 4 mini crits, one at the end of each project to give and gain feedback on their work. There will be a final one day crit /appraisal of all the work completed on the Course.

The course starts on 26th September 2017 and finishes in March 2018 with breaks at October/February Half Terms and Christmas.

Download the 2016/17 timetable here. The 2017/18 timetable will be available here shortly.

Booking deadline: 14 September 2017. Please email:
Please note: there is only one place remaining!

Venue: OVADA

Please note that there is no parking available for course participants however there is a loading bay if required. The classes are normally held in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.

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