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Focus On... Courses

Focus On Courses are a range of exciting stand alone interactive classes aimed at teaching you the most important skills, techniques and ideas in painting.  

Each Focus On class can be taken on its own as a stand alone course, or as one of a set of four classes which enable you to explore and master a genre or style in depth.

Taught in oils with the intermediate to advanced painter in mind Focus On classes are the ideal way to develop your creative style after taking our Simply Oils Courses.

How it Works 

Choose from twelve new stand alone courses to take in any order

Choose from three exciting topics: Glazing , Colour and Figure Painting

Take one course, all four in a topic, or build a year of study with all twelve !

Scheduled interactive two and a half hours of painting tuition 

Stand Alone Course with limited places, not a subscription 

Watch Live via ZOOM and watch on demand for 7 days

Easy to attend, watch our short Help Video if you are new to ZOOM

Interact in real time, just like being in class

Core Notes for each class included

Based on our proven Intermediate Courses since 2007

Taught in Oil with intermediate to experienced painters in mind

The classic way to expand upon our Simply Oils Courses

Book Your Course

  • Creative Palettes
    Tue, 25 May
    Online via Zoom
    25 May, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how to go beyond painting what you see and use colour more creatively to create astonishing new ways to depict the world around you. This course will help you be more creative with colour in any genre.
  • Glowing Sunsets
    Tue, 22 Jun
    Online via Zoom
    22 Jun, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn the secrets of using colour glazes with mediums to create glowing ethereal and colourful effects using indirect painting techniques An ideal companion to Classical Glazing the techniques taught in this course can be used in many genres.
  • Colourist Figures
    Tue, 20 Jul
    Online via Zoom
    20 Jul, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how the Colourists turned classical painting on its head to create loose and evocative portraits brimming full of exciting colour and strong brushwork
  • Clever Colour
    Tue, 14 Sep
    Online via Zoom
    14 Sep, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn the optical tricks used by Post Impressionists such as Bonnard to redefine the technique of Colourist painting. The methods taught in this course are suitable for all genres.
  • Nocturnes
    Tue, 12 Oct
    Online via Zoom
    12 Oct, 14:00 – 16:30
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how 19th Century masters such as Grimshaw, Turner and Whistler created dark, yet often colourful ' Nocturnes' full of atmosphere and visual drama on this course on Indirect glazing in oil.
  • Modern Faces
    Tue, 09 Nov
    Online via Zoom
    09 Nov, 14:00 – 16:30
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how Modern Artists such as Freud used their classical training to create characterful modern portraits using textured physical paint without creating grey mud! The expressive painting techniques taught on this course are useful for any genre.
  • Expressive Colour
    Tue, 07 Dec
    Online via Zoom
    07 Dec, 14:00 – 16:30
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how to combine Impressionist and Post Impressionist colour techniques to create exuberant Modern paintings in the manner or great colourists such as Barbara Rae and Joan Eardley. The techniques taught are suitable for all genres.
  • Contemporary Glazing
    Tue, 04 Jan
    Online via Zoom
    04 Jan 2022, 14:00 – 16:30 GMT
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how glazing isn't just for the Old Masters, on this course on using contemporary subjects, colours and mediums to create stunning works that glow! The techniques taught on this oil workshop are suitable for most genres.
  • From Photos
    Tue, 01 Feb
    Online via Zoom
    01 Feb 2022, 14:00 – 16:30 GMT
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how contemporary painters use exciting and widely available digital visualisation tools to make working from and with photos a must have skill for contemporary portraiture. You don't need a device to do this course on demand, reference images are included
  • Impressionist Landscapes
    Tue, 01 Mar
    Online via Zoom
    01 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 16:30 GMT
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how to create colourful and evocative paintings using the innovative Impressionist techniques created by Sisley, Pissarro and Monet which can then be used to paint in any genre.
  • Classical Glazing
    Tue, 29 Mar
    Online via Zoom
    29 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn the amazing skill of creating a classical glazed painting in oil from scratch. This simple technique will enable you to create amazing light effects in any genre.
  • Classical Portraits
    Tue, 26 Apr
    Online via Zoom
    26 Apr 2022, 14:00 – 16:30
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how to use the classical ebauche process to create simple ebauche to direct portrait studies in the manner of Rembrandt or Velasquez. Classical Portraits is an ideal add on to our Classical Glazing Focus On course, or as a stand alone class.
  • Classical Portraits
    Tue, 27 Apr
    Online via Zoom
    27 Apr, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how to use the classical ebauche process to create simple ebauche to direct portrait studies in the manner of Rembrandt or Velasquez. Classical Portraits is an ideal add on to our Classical Glazing Focus On course, or as a stand alone class.
  • Classical Glazing
    Tue, 30 Mar
    Online via Zoom
    30 Mar, 14:00 – 16:30 BST
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn the amazing skill of creating a classical glazed painting in oil from scratch. This simple technique will enable you to create amazing light effects in any genre.
  • Impressionist Landscapes
    Tue, 09 Mar
    Online via Zoom
    09 Mar, 14:00 – 16:30 GMT
    Online via Zoom
    Join other intermediate painters and learn how to create colourful and evocative paintings using the innovative Impressionist techniques created by Sisley, Pissarro and Monet which can then be used to paint in any genre.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“The way you approached and managed the various colour beginnings, the bridges, saturation, colours, temperatures, and opacity, etc. were multiple masterclasses all rolled in to one. A total triumph.” 

 

Nigel B. Colourful Arrangements Masterclass 28 July 2020