Oil Painting – The Figure

A ten week course


Ten week course

(excluding course specific materials)

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Call us on 01908 608108

Gift vouchers available.
Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Start: 16 January 2019
Wednesdays: 16, 23, 30 January; 6, 13, (20 no course), 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March 2019
Finish: 27 March 2019

Who is this class suitable for?
Everyone from beginner to those looking for a refresh.

What will be covered in the class?
With a focus on painting in oils, this course will take participants through a history of figures in Western art from the 14th century onwards. Exploring the associated subtext of figurative painting as a means of communicating wealth, prestige or religion, and the portrayal of individuals to communicate to the viewer something important about who the sitter is and the lives of the viewers themselves. Alongside the historical perspective, participants will be encouraged to reflect upon the importance of oil painting in the current day. Each week a model will pose, possibly nude, exploring poses and attitudes that reference art history for the group to study. As the week’s progress participants will experiment with various painting techniques including impasto, alla prima and chiaroscuro, with an aim to build confidence in painting and to see the figure as a tool for expression.

What to bring?
– A palette (or plate)
– Set of oil paints (we recommend cheaper ranges for beginners)
– Set of medium to large oil painting brushes
– 1–2 small or medium sized pre-stretched canvas and an oil painting pad
– Charcoal, pencils and fume free solvent

Kemi Onabule holds a Fine Art degree in Painting from UAL: Wimbledon College of Art. Her work has been exhibited extensively in London. In 2017, she was shortlisted for two graduate prizes: The Hix Award and The Ingram Prize.

Kemi uses her formal knowledge of portraiture and figure in her artistic practice to create dream-like scenes of people in nature and often centres on the female form.

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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.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

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 only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
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Booking is now open for January term – Call us now on 01908 608108 to book your place.


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