11) Basic Oil Painting

Working primarily from observation, the goal of the class is for students to hone their perceptual skills and leave with a new understanding of light and color. Students will be introduced to the materials and basic techniques that are the foundation of oil painting. 

Class Outline

Day 1: Introduction to materials and tools; color lecture and color-mixing exercise using small canvas panel.

Day 2: Begin a single object painting, using small canvas panel.  Attempt to depict clear, lit, geometric planes, reflected light and reflected color.

Day 3: Discuss various brushwork techniques. Palette knife painting exercise on small panel.

Day 4: Slide Lecture on gestural painting, action painting, expressionism. Action painting exercise on medium panel.

Day 5: Indirect Painting lecture. Begin underpainting on stretched canvas.

Day 5: Continue indirect painting by building up layers of color over the underpainting.

Day 6: Work Day

Day 8: Finish portrait

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

  • Materials 


  • Artist-quality oil paint set with at least 10*21 ml paint tubes (Windsor & Newton is preferable)
  • 1 brush brown Taklon wash ½”
  • 1 brush set bn-7018 gold synthetic 5 pcs
  • 1 bottle medium linseed oil 75ml
  • 1 bottle medium Sansodor 250 ml
  • Tear off palettes
  • 3 canvas panels, small size (9 x 12” or similar)
  • 1 canvas panel, medium size (10 x 15” or similar)
  • 1 stretched canvas, medium-large size (16 x 20” or similar)
  • Painting knife no 10 with wood handle
  • Lab coat or apron
  • 2 glass jars with screw-top lids to hold solvent (re-used jam or sauce jars work well)
  • Painting rags (old t-shirts work well) 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Participants must buy their own materials

Wed, 18 Oct, 2017
Wed, 6 Dec, 2017
5 pm - 8 pm
VCUQatar, Room 286
QAR 1200


Zoe Hawk

Zoe is from the United States, and has lived and taught in Doha since 2011. Zoe Hawk received a BFA in studio art from Missouri State University. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting at the University of Iowa, where she also taught drawing and painting classes. She has regularly exhibited in the United States, and her work has been included in publications such as New American Paintings and The Oxford American.

Examples of Zoe’s paintings can be viewed on her website: http://www.zoehawk.com