Our Basics Course is designed for you to master the most important basic techniques of painting with oils. Oil paint was used as early as the 14th century by the Old Masters and behaves very differently than water-based paints such as acrylics or watercolors. During the Basics Course, you learn to work with oil paints through several assignments. Instructions for the assignments can be found on worksheets in our studio. The instructors will also explain the assignments, and you can also watch videos about them (via Vimeo) in your personal account. The Basics Course covers the following subjects and skills: Drawing: sketching with charcoal Color theory: mixing colors and creating contrasts Tonal transitions: Blending colors into each other gradually Portrait: Building up a painting in layers Composition: Determining how to divide up the picture plane Experience in painting or previous study are not necessary because our courses are accessible for everyone. We have developed assignments for beginners as well as advanced students. Because we guide our students individually, you don’t have to wait for a particular start date and can begin whenever suits you.