01) Oil Painting (Basics)

In this course the students will learn to paint with oils as old masters did in 15-17 century Italy and Belgium. The technique is surprising easy, however it requires initial "seeing" excercises and drawing in depth before the actual painting begins.

Class Outline

-First Session:

Drawing what you see. How to turn off your brain.

-Second Session:

Drawing exercises: perspective, depth, shadow and light

-Third Session:

How to prepare canvas, reference pictures, how to take pictures, motive set up

-Fourth to Eighth Session: 


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

List of Material; Paint:
Must haves = *

Titanium white*
Mars or Lamp black*
Burnt umber
Raw umber*
Burnt sienna* or Transparent Red Oxide Ultramarine blue* (not french)
Phtalo blue*
Viridian green
Lemon Yellow*
Cadminum Red
Alizarin Red permanent*

Linseed oil- bleached Carbon paper* Fixative spray* Gesso*

Fine sandpaper*

Table top Easel (For non VCU students)

Palette knife, small*

Palette with no holes or indentations- Must be for Oil or acrylics use

Brush set, both synthetic and natural. Get a small set of each, containing different sizes.

A cheap set of acrylics paint for underpaint purposes. Student quality ok.

Glass jar or tin to hold brushes,

Soft cloths, reusable. Like old t-shirts or cut-off sheets.. Please cut in small pieces before coming to class.


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:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

Register & Pay »

Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Wed, 22 Jan, 2020
Wed, 11 Mar, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
VCUarts Qatar
QAR 1300


Behnaz Larsen

Behnaz is an Iranian American artist. She works mainly with oil and her work can be described as allegories. She is a long term resident of Qatar but exhibits mainly in Denmark and Germany. Behnaz has been teaching art and leading workshops for six years with adult students from diverse cultures. 

To see her work, please visit: behnaz.carbonmade.com