Oil Painting Fundamentals


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Heather Sayeau
Wednesdays, October 6 – December 1, 2021
1:00pm – 4:00pm

With respect to Provincial guidelines, our School will require students to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses) effective October 4th. To learn more please read our “Covid-19 Pandemic Protocols


This course will encourage development of painting practices through a variety of subject matter and technical skill building. Each lesson will include a demonstration and outline a specific topic. Topics covered will include colour mixing – keeping colours fresh; value – using light and shadow effectively; expressive brushwork – how to use a brush to make a painting more interesting; composition- how to lay out the subject matter on the canvas; proportion – how to measure subject matter properly. Subject matters will include still life, landscape, portraiture and florals. Let’s open the door to your unique, creative self with paint and a paintbrush!

Students should bring:

  • oil paint: titanium white, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red, alizarin crimson or naphthol crimson.
  • brushes: long handle bristle brushes – # 4 #6 #8 #10
  • linseed oil + mayonnaise size jar
  • odourless paint thinner- Gow’s – + mayonnaise size jar
  • palette paper pad – palette knife
  • cotton rags
  • canvases- 8×10 10×12 12×16 -a variety is good
  • For the 2 large scale painting sessions bring 1 or 2 house paint brushes either 1“ or 2“ and 2 larger canvases- 24×24 or as big as you like


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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.”


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