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OVADA runs a popular Contemporary Painting Course. Three established tutors, who are all practicing Artists from Oxford and London, each run individual projects with the group. Each term will combine both projects and workshops, aiming to encourage confidence in using the tools of the trade while exploring varied themes and experimental approaches to contemporary painting.

The course takes place over three separate terms. Each term is 8 weeks long and will run weekly on 

Tuesdays from 10am – 4pm.

Places: Minimum 7 – Maximum 10

Materials provided: solvents (for safety reasons we use Zest-It rather than Turpentine/White Spirit), gesso, acrylic mediums, small boards, household paints, paper, charcoal/graphite and use of easels/brushes. 

Materials not provided: artist’s paints (either oil or acrylic can be used; interchangeable throughout the course) and canvases. Participants may prefer to use their own brushes. Additional costs may include study trips and materials needed for individual projects – we will aim to keep these costs as low as possible. 

The focus will be on discovering current concerns and experimental approaches to 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.

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

Didi Baldwin 

Laura Degenhardt

Tommy Watkins

OUTCOMES – participants will:

  • Gain experience in essentials such as stretching canvas, priming, safe use of solvents/primers/varnishes.
  • Have the benefit of the differing viewpoints of 3 tutors in order to discuss their work in depth.
  • Complete 3 separate projects across different areas, which may include Painting Objects, Painting Nature, Painting History and Abstraction. These will each have a context and an introduction to the work of other painters.
  • Have 3 mini ‘crits’, one at the end of each project term to give and gain feedback on their work and aid their professional development.

The course comprises of 24 classes in total (3 x terms of 8 weeks). Alternatively it is possible to book individual terms if you are unable to commit to the entire course.
In the event of tutor illness or other unavoidable circumstances, OVADA will provide a different tutor to cover the class or reschedule the session.  

Entire course (24 weeks): £1,440 (Discounted to £1,350 for OVADA Associates)
Individual terms (8 weeks): £480 per term (Discounted to £450 for OVADA Associates)
Fees must be paid in advance to secure your place on the course however arrangements can be made to pay in instalments, in line with individual terms. Fees are non-refundable and can be paid by online transfer, cheque or cash – details will be provided when your booking is confirmed. 

To register your interest for the classes please email – classes@ovada.org.uk. 

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.