For the Love of Landscape – Painting Fundamentals in Oils

Seek to capture the magnificence of nature with this in depth exploration into the world of landscape painting with Oils.

Supported by detailed individual tuition, guidance and encouragement, and live painting demonstrations, you will learn about the fundamentals of painting in general, ie composition, colour mixing, tone, value, temperature, perspective etc.

Starting with various small landscape studies, you will learn about the various technicalities and principles of painting, and will work towards completing a large major work by the end of the week, developed with the array of learned skills.

  • Full days - Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Suitable for ages 16 to adult
  • Beginner, Intermediate
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Course Info

Day One

Detailed introduction and explanation of Painting fundamentals, focusing on landscape painting in particular. Live painting demonstration of Tonal Drawing by Jason of first group study (subject provided).

Commencement of first group study tonal drawing, delving into the various elements of painting theory, most notably composition, and constructing a drawing using basic forms.

Demonstration of colour mixing, blocking in phase, tonal relationships, value, and temperature.

Day Two

Demonstration of second study by Jason.

Previous works continued, and second/third studies to commence, exploring and experimenting further with the painting fundamentals discussed and demonstrated by Jason. Refining creative direction in preparation for the major work. Preparing major work canvas, priming and sanding.

Day Three

Further experimentation and execution of painting fundamentals, bringing various studies to completion, and honing in of artistic vision in preparation for the major work.
Continued preparation of the large canvas for major work.

Day Four

Begin major work, subject to be provided by students. Step by step building of major work using the learned methods and skills.

Day Five

Final stages of major work, bringing paintings to as much of a completion as possible.

Discussing and reflecting on the weeks work, and all of the learned skills. Personal discussions about further creative direction.

For beginners and improvers alike

Please bring the following on your first day of class:


One set of Oil paints comprising of warms and cools of every primary colour, plus Titanium white, as well as acrylic Burnt Sienna and Titanium White for initial tonal drawings.

*Recommended colours

  • Titanium white
  • Cadmium Yellow (warm)
  • Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow (Cool)
  • Cadmium Red (warm)
  • Alizarin Crimson (Cool)
  • Ultramarine Blue (Warm)
  • Phthalo Blue (Cool)
  • ACRYLIC- Burnt Sienna & Titanium White for tonal drawings

 Recommended brands for Oil paints – Art Spectrum, Windsor & Newton

*High quality paints are well advised, as the colour theory work explored during the week requires high pigment quality in paints for the most to be gained from the course.


Series of synthetic and non-synthetic brushes, both rounds, flats and filberts, long-handed or short-handed. Recommended sizes- 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

*A varied array of small brushes for fine detail, mid-size brushes for the bulk of painting work, and a large brush for washes, blurring reflections, painting skies and establishing large areas.

Recommended brands – Neef, Art Basics, Roymac or Galleria.


  • 4x small to medium-sized canvas with landscape, horizontal dimensions for initial studies.
  • 1x Large canvas with landscape dimensions, to be primed and sanded in preparation for major work. Ideal size 500 x 700 mm.
  • A 1 litre tub of Acrylic Gesso for priming major work canvas, and a large brush for Gesso application.
  • One single-edged razor blade or square of fine sandpaper for preparing the major work canvas in between layers of Gesso. These items can be found at Bunnings Warehouse or a hardware store.

Recommended brands – Art Spectrum or Windsor & Newton.


  • Two large palettes, preferably made of glass or wood, which can be bought from art stores or made at home. *Large palettes are essential as they provide adequate space for colour mixing.
  • 1x Bottle of Odourless Solvent (Odourless varieties of solvent are highly recommended to limit the fumes in the room)
  • *Optional- 1x bottle of Oil Painting medium, ie Linseed Oil, to be used in addition to Odourless Solvent.
  • 2 jars (with lids) or painters cups for the solvent and medium to be placed in.


Two painting subjects will be provided to everyone by Jason for the first two studies.

In addition, students are to provide two or three photographs of personally chosen landscape subjects. These are to be used for your major work and possible further studies. Choose a subject with sentimental and inspirational resonance for you, so your painting will serve as a portal through time, a memento on the wall, and a window into reverie. 

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Jason Lowe
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Jason Lowe

Jason Lowe is an Australian visual artist residing in the lush Bellinger Valley.

A self-taught artist from a young age, Jason has become a renowned and respected artist in his own right, having sold more than fifty commissioned works, in addition to private sales, and has been featured in various exhibitions and art prizes nationally.