Drawing and Oil Painting with Julia Roach

Five week Creative Course


28 February, 7,14,21, 28 March 2022


Gift vouchers available

We are booking up to 12 people on this course however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning Covid 19.

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+ 
For those with a little or no knowledge of painting techniques.

What will be covered in the class?
This five-week course will give you the opportunity to get too grips with the very versatile and mobile medium of oil paint, as well as learning to draw using solid graphite, charcoal, and pastels. Each week you will create preparatory drawings before commencing painting. Sometimes you will create test pieces and small studies. The topic will often be seasonal as well as exploring artist techniques and approaches. You will have good understanding of oil techniques, for example Impasto, Scumbling, Alla Prima · Glazing, Underpainting by the end of the 5 weeks

What will students leave the class with?
Each week you will create at least one drawing in a different drawing medium or a mixture of drawing mediums you will also create at least one oil painting. The scale of your paintings will get larger as the weeks progress and some weeks you will create small postcard size pre-studies in oil.

Week 1 Organic forms: Drawing with graphite pencils and creating one colour tonal paint studies using big and bold, daubing, glazes and paint application

Week 2: Potted plants ellipses and objects sitting their own spaces (composition and viewpoints). Drawing with willow charcoal (2 drawings) and one painting study using black and white paint

Week 3: Drawing with pastels using soft pastels then creating a painting using purely red, yellow and blue. Big and bold building depth of colour/colour mixing- impasto 

Week 4 Still-life: Drawing with chalk and charcoal, full colour depicting cloth; look at the work of the Impressionists (mark-making) specially Paul Cezanne

Week 5: Drawing in favoured medium on a larger scale leading onto a painting looking at the great outside, skies and trees textures and sgraffito.
What will I need to bring? Materials and equipment are included in the cost of your course.

Please note oil paint marks clothing, aprons or coveralls are provided and we recommend you wear old clothing, along with hair-ties and closed-toe shoes

Art Studio: The art studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Julia Roach is an established visual artist and facilitator whose practice is primarily focused on experimenting with mixed media, graphite and inks. Julia’s work often features collected and found objects. Drawing is intrinsic part of her creative process and my approach is predominantly figurative incorporating colour and exploring a variety of mark making approaches. Julia holds a BA in Painting from Canterbury College of Art and an MFA from Newcastle University.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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