A complete oil painting course with painting challenges to help strengthen your understanding of the fundamentals of painting and drawing

From a simple study to more complex compositions, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at a variety of subjects and become a more versatile painter.

Course Content

In this course, Dave West will guide you through the process of preparing for, and completing a small painting. You will see how understanding form and light before picking up a brush means that we come to the painting with a solid understanding of what we need to paint and greatly lessening the danger of overworking or muddying our finished painting.

  • Learn fundamental principles of geometry, light, colour theory, perspective etc.

  • Find light and shadow family and learn how to create a value map

  • Learn how to mix natural colours and how to lay down the paint alla prima

This course features a series of painting challenges you can follow each week.

Welcome to weekly oil painting

  • Credits

  • Welcome to 'weekly painting'

Skies with Landscapes & Seascapes

  • Weekly Painting Course Update

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial 1

  • Images for painting 1

  • Video Demo 1

  • Exercise 1

  • Sample Images 1

  • Tutorial 2

  • Painting figure silhouettes

  • Video Demo 2

  • Images for painting 2

  • Exercise 2

  • Tutorial 3

  • Video Demo 3

  • Images for painting 3

  • Exercise 3

  • Tutorial 4 Part 1

  • Video Demo 4 Part 1

  • Tutorial 4 Part 2

  • Video Demo 4 Part 2

  • Tutorial 4 Part 3

  • Video Demo 4 Part 3

  • Images for Painting Exercise

  • Painting Exercise

Painting Skies

  • Materials List

  • Blue Skies Tutorial

  • Blue Skies Video

  • Exercise 1

  • Sunset Tutorial

  • Sunset Video

  • Images for painting

  • Exercise 2

  • Exercise 3

  • Clouds Tutorial (1)

  • Clouds Video (1)

  • Cloud Images for painting

  • Exercise 4

  • Clouds Tutorial (2)

  • Optional Exercise

  • Clouds Video (2)

  • Sunset with Clouds Tutorial

  • Sunset with Clouds Video

  • Image for painting (Sunset with clouds)

  • Exercise 5

Buildings - Skerries Coastal Buildings

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment

Buildings - Catalan Laneway Part 2

  • Materials List

  • Preparation - Stage 1

  • Video Tutorial

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment

Buildings - Catalan Laneway Part 1

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Video Demonstration

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment

Buildings - Irish Thatched Cottages Part 2

  • Materials List

  • Video Tutorial

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment

Buildings - Irish Thatched Cottages

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Video Tutorial 1

  • Video Tutorial 2

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment

Buildings - Tonal Venetian Sunset

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Images for painting

  • Video Demo

  • Assignment

Trees in Landscape Painting Part 6

  • Final Week

  • Tutorial 1

  • Tutorial 2

  • Tutorial 3

  • Tutorial 4

  • Tutorial 5

  • Tutorial 6

  • Tutorial 7

  • Images for painting

  • Final Assignment

  • Optional Assignment Submission 2

Trees in Landscape painting Part 5

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial Part 1

  • Optional Tutorial - Aerial Perspective

  • Tutorial Part 2

  • Video 1

  • Video 2

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment

Trees in Landscape Painting part 4

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial - Working from a Photo Source

  • Images for painting

  • Assignment 1

Trees in Landscape Painting Part 3

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial - Tackling a complete painting

  • Colour mixing

  • Images for painting

  • Video Tutorial Part 1

  • Video Tutorial part 2

  • Video Tutorial part 3

  • Assignment

Trees in Landscape Painting (Part 2)

  • Materials List

  • Preparation

  • Colour Mixing

  • Block-in painting

  • Painting Study Demonstration

  • Images for painting

  • This week's task

  • OPTIONAL second task

Trees in Landscape Painting (Part 1)

  • Changes to Course Structure

  • Materials List

  • Theory and Shapes

  • Painting a Tree

  • Images for painting

  • This week's task

9 - Snow Scene 20/12/20

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Video Demonstration

  • Images for painting

  • Submit your work

8 - Figure Painting Part 4 (13/12/20)

  • Materials List

  • Images for painting

  • Video Demo part 2

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

7 - Figure Painting Part 3 (06/12/20)

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Video Demo Part 1

  • Images for painting

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

6 - Figure Painting Part 2 (30/11/20)

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial

  • Video Demonstration

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

5 - Figure Painting Part 1 (23/1-/20)

  • Materials List

  • Tutorial - Figure painting 1

  • Painting figure silhouettes

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

4 - Beach painting pt.2 (9/11/20)

  • Materials List

  • Drawing

  • Beach Photo

  • Colour Mixing SKY

  • Painting the Sky

  • Colour Mixing BEACH

  • Painting the Beach

  • Developing the painting

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

  • Introduction to Aerial Perspective

3 - Beach Painting pt.1 (2/11/20)

  • Materials List

  • Beach Photo 1

  • PDF 1 Prep & Drawing

  • pdf 2 - sky colour mixing

  • Beach painting Video 1 (Sky)

  • pdf 3 - Ground colour mixing

  • Beach Painting Video 2 (Ground)

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

2 - Red & Green Apples (26/10/20)

  • Materials List

  • This weeks Lesson

  • Preparation & Drawing Tutorial

  • Red & Green Apple Photo

  • Scaling up your drawing

  • Greyscale Painting Tutorial

  • Greyscale painting video

  • Colour Mixing Tutorial

  • Painting Video

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work

1 - Red Apples (19/10/20)

  • Materials list

  • Preparation & Drawing Tutorial

  • Red Apples Photo

  • Drawing the Apples

  • Painting Tutorial

  • Painting Video 1

  • Painting Video 2

  • Painting Assignment

  • Submit your work