Master the Art of Oil Painting, at Home

Build your oil painting techniques to a level where you can fully express your creative potential, through London Fine Art Studios’ online representational art course, The Art of Oil Painting.

Awaken Your Inner Artist

The Art of Oil Painting course summary:

For both trained painters and beginners, this course takes a systematic approach to building and reinforcing your knowledge of the painting process, from drawing and massing in to adding values and moving onto colour.

In 10 weeks, you’ll become an independent painter, armed with the techniques, knowledge and fluency in visual language to create beautiful, naturalistic oil paintings, always working from life.

  • 10-week, hands-on course
  • Flexibility to learn when you want
  • Learn new techniques every week
  • Mentored throughout by LFAS experts
  • Industry-leading Workshop learning app
  • Learn alongside a community of fellow students

Price:   £350  

This course is the perfect guide to the materials and techniques used in oil painting.  You will learn how to bring the world to life through your paintings, using Workshop’s step-by-step mobile and desktop tools.

Trained artists will enjoy this refresher on their artistic journey. For beginners, sequences of seemingly simple steps will build into a solid grounding in oil painting that can be translated to any subject matter, having completed sophisticated paintings throughout the course.

This is the perfect course for you if you want a thorough understanding of the oil painting process; from discussing light set-up, art materials and techniques to completing full-colour oil paintings working from life, the course will give you the skills and confidence to work on your own pieces and to keep developing your artwork.

Continuous feedback will help you see the process and tweak your method following critique from your tutor.

By seeing your peers develop at the same pace as you, you will learn from their process and edits as much as your own. This will help you  develop a discerning eye by gaining the knowledge of how to analyse your work alongside other artists; This is key to the Atelier tradition where artists learn alongside one another.

Earn a LFAS-approved Certificate of Completion

Get your LFAS-approved Certificate of Completion, and continue your journey with access to all sessions for an additional 6 months

Learn from the Finest Teachers in Your Own Home

Learn foundational artistic skills, techniques and practices from the renowned London Fine Art Studios
Access your step-by-step, video-guided drawing and painting sessions anywhere on a mobile, tablet or on the web
Learn alongside a class of like-minded, aspiring artists and receive real feedback on your art from your dedicated class mentor – one of London Fine Art Studios specialist tutors

Fine Arts at Home: The Art of Oil Painting Online Course

Whether you are a seasoned artist, or a beginner who has completed our Drawing Techniques course, The Art of Oil Painting will teach and refine your oil painting process, building an understanding of the techniques and materials involved in confidently creating beautiful, artistic creations.

Experts from London Fine Art Studios will help you to develop your artistic skills, and Workshop’s step-by-step technology makes it easy to learn.

A thorough understanding of the process, art materials and composition will give you the freedom to create paintings. When transitioning to oil, problems can arise from wanting to produce an oil painting rather than following a step-by-step process.

It is important to learn the importance of drawing, values (lights and darks) and the mixing of colours. A limited colour palette pushes your understanding of colour to learn how to manipulate and mix fewer colours; colour is more about relationships and values than the actual hue.

This 10-week course will guide you through the oil painting process, including:

  • Learning to use oil paints, understanding the materials and techniques.
  • Working from life (and not photography) to translate nature onto a 2D picture plane.
  • Understanding the visual language of oil painting, mass, values, edges, temperature and focal points.

After the course you will be an independent painter, having learnt to set up your still life project, understanding about composition and lighting; you will have a step-by-step guide to painting.

Each week, you will unlock a new batch of videos and practice-based sessions that take you step-by-step through the process of drawing and painting. With Workshop’s unique hands-on method of learning, you’ll be putting pencil to paper from day one with no need to read pages of theory in advance.


For the course, you will have access to the following through the Workshop app:

  • 10 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through 1-3 hours of drawing time each week.
  • 1-3 individual sessions per week, totalling a suggested minimum of 3 hours practice.
  • Expert guidance and one-to-one support from your class mentor.
  • Collaborative group chat with your own private class and mentor.
  • Feedback on your artwork from your class and mentor via a private in-app feed of photo uploads.
  • An assessment to earn your course Certificate of Completion.

In addition to the core aspects of the course, you will also get:

  • Downloadable theory notes for you to keep.
  • Access to all video sessions for an additional 6 months after the end of each course.

Average drawing/painting time: 3 hours per week

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule 1 guided video-based session plus 1-2 unguided practice sessions, and to gather all the art materials you’ll need to start drawing.
  2. In every guided session, you will follow a LFAS mentor through a series of step-by-step videos in your own studio space, learning directly through your experience. Practice sessions will then prompt you to hone your skills through focused exercises based on what you’ve learnt so far.
  3. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your artwork for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.


You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each part of this series of courses once you have completed all units and your tutor has critiqued and approved your artwork.

Fine Arts at Home: The Art of Oil Painting

  1. Setting up. Materials. Lighting. Objects at home.
  2. Proportion, composition and gesture.
  3. Mass/value in one colour.
  4. Mass/value with two colours (white and umber).
  5. Focus & focal points with edges.  
  6. Transitioning to colour with colour harmony. Colour in light.
  7. Colour harmony. Colour in dark and light.
  8. Extended colour.
  9. Initial exercises in stepping stages and finished painting.
  10. Final painting without stepping stages but modelling up.

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London Fine Art Studios, on Workshop

London Fine Art Studios was founded by Ann Witheridge with the aim of teaching the craft of drawing and painting to a community of dedicated artists.

Ann studied art history at Christ’s College, Cambridge before moving to Italy to study art full-time. She has been teaching drawing and painting in the atelier tradition for nearly twenty years.

The studio welcomes students of all levels, providing a supportive learning environment in which to acquire new skills and develop a deeper understanding of the figurative tradition.

With Workshop’s unique learning experience, Ann and her team are now able to teach hands-on art skills to people in their own homes, providing in-depth feedback and a close community network just as they do at their studios in London.

Follow the popular LFAS learning pathway

Our fine arts courses have been developed to create a natural progression as you develop your skills as an artist. Each course has been designed to cover complementary techniques and build upon the lessons of the preceding course.

We love it when students join us for the whole pathway. As a thank you for joining Workshop and LFAS, when you complete a Fine Arts course, you’ll receive a £100 voucher towards the next course in the series.

LFAS Courses on Workshop:

Drawing Techniques

10 weeks

The Art of Oil Painting

10 weeks

Cast Drawing & Painting

10 weeks


Enrol in The Art of Oil Painting now and you’ll get £100 off Cast Drawing & Painting – the next course on the LFAS pathway.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?
Your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week, however after each unit is unlocked you have the freedom to complete each session entirely at your own pace. You will also have the ability to schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

These courses have been carefully designed to make sure the advantages of real-world learning experiences are still embraced online. You will therefore be taken through the subject matter week-by-week to give you the chance to digest what you’ve learnt whilst progressing at a steady pace alongside your classmates. Unlike a real-world course though, you will also have the opportunity to revisit sessions and practice whenever and wherever you like!

What if I miss a week?
There’s no need to worry if you have a holiday booked or have to miss a week or two during the course. You’ll have access to all course sessions for 6 additional months after your end date, and so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up if you need to.
How will I interact with my class?
Shortly before your course start date, you will be invited to introduce yourself to the rest of your class via messaging on the Workshop app.

Each week, your class will unlock a new unit prompting you all to draw or paint the same object within the same week. At the end of every session, you will be asked to upload a photo of your artwork, which your class and mentor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

Can I try before I buy?
There are currently no mini-courses available to try before you buy but you are welcome to visit the LFAS website, see a short video or read some testimonials about the school.
How much contact will I get with my mentor?
You can contact your mentor directly through the app anytime and will receive a weekly response as well as the weekly critique. Your mentor will also be able to grade and comment on your photo uploads with any feedback they may have.
When will I get to meet my class?
You’ll be able to log into the Workshop app and access your class group discussion shortly before your start date so that you can chat away and get acquainted!
What is the typical workload per week of the course?
You can typically expect to be drawing/painting for a combined total of about 3 hours a week. But of course, the more you practise the better!
Will I get a list of all the equipment I’ll need for the course ahead of time?
Yes, we’ll send you a full equipment list as soon as you purchase the course. The LFAS art supplies shop, Lavender Hill Colours will stock everything you need if you would prefer to order it directly.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you book your place over 30 days before your course start date, you can cancel your booking and claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.

If you book your place within 30 days of the course start date, you can claim a full refund within 14 days of your purchase.

How long will I have access to the course?
You’ll have access to your course dashboard for the duration of your couse, plus an additional 6 months after your end date.

Units (including video sessions and supporting materials) will become available week-by-week as your class progresses through the course.

How does the assessment work?
You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each part of this series of courses once you have completed all units and your tutor has critiqued and approved your artwork.
Where can I purchase materials for this course?
All art materials needed for the course can be purchased from the LFAS online art supply shop Lavender Hill Colours.