Oil Painting for Beginners with Richard Gunning with Richard Gunning

Learn how to work with this exciting medium in FAC's light filled Painting Studio. Gain an understanding of colour theory and how form and tone are developed. With plenty of demonstrations and the expert tutor guidance of Richard Gunning, students will work on a painting over eight weeks.

A basic painting kit is required for this course. Additional materials will be supplied by FAC. Students can add to their own painting kit once they become better acquainted with the materials required.

Please Note: Enrolments for this course close at 9am on Tuesday 23 April. Book early to avoid disappointment!

What to bring:-

  • Canvas board or stretched canvas (approx. A2 - A3, but no smaller than A3)
  • Oil paint colours 40ml (Daler Rowney Georgian recommended)
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Red (hue)
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Ivory Black
    • Yellow Ochre
  • Brushes various sizes. Recommend at least size 1 and above. Brushes - Westart Series 582 & 587 are good (or a selection of hog hair round and square)
  • Odorless Solvent (the cheapest brand is fine!) You may use pure turps for cleaning brushes only (do not buy mineral turps)
  • Linseed Oil 100ml (Art Spectrum recommended)
  • Jars with lids (at least two)
  • Mixing palette/board/disposable palette is recommended
  • Palette knife
  • Rags
  • Students can provide portrait photo if painting portrait
  • Students can choose to work from life with still life objects or from photos


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit wa.gov.au.

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email [email protected] to discuss suitability and how we can help.

Tutor Richard Gunning

Richard Gunning has a broad knowledge of art and art history and has taught at many tertiary institutions and universities in WA

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