Oil Painting Fundamentals


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Heather Sayeau
Thursdays, October 12 – November 16, 2023
1:00pm – 4:00pm

This course will give students the basics of oil pausing: value, colour mixing, perspective (easy) and composition (how to lay out a painting on canvas). The class will explore a variety of approaches to oil painting: staining the canvas, using a palette knife, impressionism, limited palette. Subject matters include landscape, still life architecture. Each class will begin with a demonstration session. Students are encouraged to use their own subject matter-there will also be a subject matter provided each week.

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

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.”