Oil Painting Fundamentals: Techniques & Refinement


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Heather Sayeau
Wednesdays, October 7 – November 4, 2020
2:00pm – 4:30pm

**This course is now full. Registration requests will be added to our waitlist.

This course will provide students with step by step instruction on the basics of oil painting. Each class will focus on skill development using a variety of subject matter. The course will cover colour mixing, value, perspective, composition, how to use a paint brush effectively. Whether the student is a practicing painter or a beginner, the instruction given will be aligned to each student’s needs.

There will be a weekly demonstration and visuals – examples by other artists. Subject matter will include still life, landscape, and portraiture.


Students should bring:

  • Oil paint: ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cadmium yellow medium, cad. yellow lemon-or yellow light, cad. red, alizarin crimson -or naphthol crimson, titanium white
  • Brushes: good quality long handled -Flats – #6,#8 #10
  • Boiled linseed oil- Can be purchased at Gow’s Home Hardware
  • Odorless paint thinner – Can be purchased at Gow’s Home Hardware
  • 2 glass jars – about a 2 cup size each
  • Paper palettes
  • Canvases- 8×10, 10×12- Can be purchased at the Dollar Store -at least 2 per class
  • Cotton rags, paper towels


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Heather Sayeau

Heather Sayeau received her Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Education from NSCAD University in Halifax in 1981, and taught Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD alongside her practice for thirty years. Sayeau is an oil painter with a focus on landscape, still life, and the figure. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions since 1982 and her work appears in public and private collections across Canada and abroad.

“I am a painter. Painting is what I do and what I long to do when I am not painting… Teaching is the wonderful offspring of painting; sharing my experiences, challenges, successes, and defeats with people. Learning the ‘toolbox’ of techniques opens the door to oneself and I am always delighted to watch students grow a new facet of their creative self. I have had the privilege to instruct students of all ages. I like to work with each student individually — helping them hone each one’s unique expression.”


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.