Oxford Summer School

Landscapes and Seascapes in Oils

Tuesday 1st August 2023 for 2 days — Cost: £104

Tutor: Kevin Scully

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Working with traditional oil paints, we will be painting both landscapes and seascapes in a loose and lively way, eliminating as much detail as possible whilst still retaining the essence of the scene. We will be looking at a less conventional approach to painting, concentrating on mood and atmosphere. This is an opportunity to experiment with a variety of colour schemes whilst developing your own personal style of painting. We will also be studying other artists’ work and analysing their different techniques. The course will be a fun and light-hearted approach to the endless possibilities of this rich and exciting medium.

A course for those with all levels of experience including those new to oil painting.

For further information please contact the tutor at kevinscully@btinternet.com

What to Bring


A selection of canvases or painting boards, approximately A3 in size or larger


Whatever oil paints you have. These are the most common colours that I use but don’t worry if you don’t have all of them, as this is only a guide:

  • Titanium White – larger tube
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent Rose or Magenta
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine
  • Dioxazine Purple or Deep Violet
  • Oxide of Chromium
  • Phthalo Green
  • Viridian
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne's Grey


  • A selection of flat and round oil painting brushes, or synthetic acrylic painting brushes. Sizes: 4, 6, 8 and 10
  • A couple of small, synthetic brushes for detail. Sizes: 2 and 3


  • An easel if you have one. There will be a very small number available to use
  • A dark coloured ordinary pencil (blue or brown) for drawing on boards – not a soluble pencil
  • Painting knives if you like to use them
  • Distilled turpentine, or other painting medium for thinning paint
  • Wooden, or disposable tear-off palette
  • Palette knife for cleaning palette
  • Clip-on metal dippers for holding painting medium
  • 2 jars with screw tops for holding solvent (white spirit, or environmentally friendly Zest-it or Sansador)
  • Some rags and kitchen towel for cleaning brushes and yourself
  • An apron, or some old clothes
  • Reference material will be provided, but please bring along any other images that you might like to paint

Material Cost

Some other materials will be supplied by the tutor at a minimal cost of between £5 - £10, to be paid at the end of the course.