Intensive Skills Workshop

 ‘Like so many others before me , I am over the moon with what I learnt on the course. I was in a deep rut and could see no way out of it – painting had become boring. From the moment Martin began to teach and I saw the way the course was run the artistic adrenalin began to flow once again’

Intensive Skills is the only foundation course that Martin Kinnear teaches.

Who it’s For

Intensive Skills is a course for experienced artists who paint regularly and want to take their skills up to the next level. As a broad course it’s also an ideal introduction to Martin’s teaching for students interested in undertaking our Diploma programme.

How it Works

Intensive Skills is based around four varied and challenging workshop days each designed to explore and expand upon your skills in a key aspect of painting such as Value, Colour or Optics.

Where to Do It

Intensive Skills is only available with Martin at his Norfolk studio.

Fees and Booking

Course only £545 (at our Pay Now Price) , as a stand alone 4 day workshop.

To book online select a course date and pay, or if you prefer to speak to us call Jane on 01485 528588

Martin On intensive Skills

‘Whatever you paint, and whichever style you aspire to, some aspects of painting are truly foundational. And it is upon central skills such as colours, value and optics that all great paintings – and great artists are made. This course is about becoming better at that; it’s a gateway course for your next step, your best efforts and reaching your potential.’

What’s Included
  • Four days of structured specialist painting tuition, which means you get a focused  and proven learning experience
  • Explanation, hands on painting  and demonstration led learning, by a tutor and studio assistants which means you get help at your easel
  • All materials and notes, are included so you don’t need to bring a thing or worry about what you need for the course
  • Learn traditional and contemporary systems for painting in oils so you can develop your own style not just be a copyist
  • Refreshments and a light lunch included, so you can socialise at the School with your fellow students
  • If you’ve newer to painting consider Simply Oils, it’s a foundation but doesn’t require you to already be working at high level to get the best out of the  course.
  • If you are an experienced painter consider the Diploma which is a full program in creative , technical and aesthetic skills.
More Information

Starting with a brief look at Martin’s structured approach to painting as taught on Simply Oils (colour mixing, gesso and grounds, key materials, processes and concepts), the intensive skills Workshop quickly moves on to further energising days, each devoted to a particular skill or artistic approach. As each class is different, each course is unique, however a typical workshop includes:

Indirect Painting

Glaze and Grisaille, with an emphasis on either Chiaroscuro or the more luminous Italianate style . Martin will teach you the traditional use of tempera, grounds and the mediums used in conjunction with them to create either of the styles in a study after a master such as Cuyp, Claude or Turner

Martin Kinnear teaching Turner’s methods

Direct Painting 

Helping you to create pure, strong predictable and controlled colour mixes lies at the heart of Martin’s Direct painting tuition. Whether he chooses to teach you in an Impressionist, Expressionist or Contemporary style you will learn to place good brushmarks, create rapidly drying oils and avoid the characteristic grey mud of poor colour control.


Combining the subtlety of Indirect oils with the spontaneity and passion of alla prima, Martin’s signature method isÉbauche, so it will certainly be taught on your course. Corot is a favourite starting point, but Martin often turns to masters as diverse as Turner, Degas, Constable or Sargent to meet the learning needs of his students.

Martin Kinnear working indirectly over an ebauche study after Corot. 2017

Studio Craft

Woven into and throughout every course is Martin’s enthusiasm for and encyclopaedic working knowledge of materials. Whether it’s traditional gesso, bole, resinous mediums, soft encaustic, oiling in or glaze planning with turbid media, your course will be loaded with practical, technical skills and processes.

Martin Kinnear mixing up an oil encaustic medium for traditional glazing. 2014.
What Our Students Think
Just to let you know that I really enjoyed the Norfolk Painting experience, every detail was covered and Martin was amazing in getting a full schedule of painting  across in the four days.
I must say this is the first course I have been on that I came away full of new skills and an excitement to continue the  painting journey.
All in all its a 10 from me.