Contemporary Painting Course

OVADA is very excited to announce the return of our popular Contemporary Painting Course. Three established tutors, who are all practicing Artists from Oxford and London, will 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.

Course Details
The course will take place over three separate terms. Each term will be 8 weeks long and will run weekly on Tuesdays from 10am – 4pm.

Term One (Autumn): October – November 2019

Term Two (Winter): January – February 2020  

Term Three (Spring): March – May 2020 (includes Easter break)

Places: Minimum 7 – 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 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.

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. Opportunity to store work that needs time to dry between classes may be arranged.

The first term will be taught by Didi Baldwin (Oct-Nov 2019).
Tutors for terms 2 and 3 will be announced shortly.

Outcomes – participants will:

  • Gain experience in essentials such as stretching canvas, priming safe use of solvents, primers and varnishes.
  • Have the benefit of the differing viewpoints of 3 tutors in order to discuss their work in depth.
  • Complete 3 separate projects. 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.

Booking will open shortly. To register interest, please email –

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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