Paint Workshop: Make Your Own Oil Paint from Scratch

When and Where

13 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019 (5 hours, 1 day)
Days and times
Sunday 10:30 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Gillian Melling
Course code

What you will learn

Make your own oil paint from ground pigment and learn about colour mixing and palettes. All materials provided.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Have an understanding of specific pigments their properties
  • Have an understanding of the properties of oil paint
  • Make paint using a muller and slab
  • Mix a 'low and high colour' palette
  • Use materials safely
  • Make a painting

Class format and activities

Your tutor will demonstrate how to make paint and you will then work in small groups to make a range of colours. You will explore the nature of the pigments used and the oil medium you make. You will then use your hand-made paint to paint from the still life using a range of techniques
There will be an emphasis in sharing knowledge and experience. The tutor will advise throughout and facilitate discussion.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced painters who may want to increase their knowledge of oil paint and how it is made.

What you need to know before you enrol

The D11 Studio is on the 1st floor with no lift access.

As we are using pigments and solvents, health & safety guidelines need to be considered. We will be using face masks and protective gloves when making paint.

What you will need for your class

Paint making equipment is provided, along with the initial pigments, oil medium and paper and primer for painting on.
(If more is needed then students can purchase pigments through the college and your tutor will advise).
A range of brushes and palette knife are available for to use - however, if you have your own, you may like to bring them with you.
You may like to bring a notebook as there will be lots of information given out on the day. Please wear old clothes or an apron - making paint is a very messy business!

What you can do next


There is an excellent range of painting courses at Morley college where you could develop your progress in painting and observational study.