Simply Oils

Learning with a smile – Simply Oils lead tutor Fen

Welcome to Simply Oils in our Norfolk School or at our Anglesey Studio

Three days of different studies with one aim : to teach you the principles of painting. This Peploe study is really all about colour placement and using Value to create structure in mid toned works. Both great principles which you can then apply to your own works. 

Simply Oils was our first course and remains the best way to learn key oil painting skills quickly and make a big step to improving your ability.

Based around three varied workshop days Simply Oils will instruct you in everything from making your own gesso and mediums to professional colour mixing skills and our proven ebauche method for painting with oils.

Ideal for self taught oil painters who want to improve existing skills Simply Oils is also a great transitional course for artists who paint regularly in watercolours or acrylics, and wish to move to oil.

As Simply Oils is one of our core courses it may be taken at the Norfolk Painting School studios in Norfolk or at our studios on Anglesey as you prefer.

In Brief

  • Three days of structured specialist oils tuition
  • All materials, notes, refreshments and a light lunch included
  • Designed for improving oil painters and serious beginners
  • Learn two proven methods for painting in oils (ébauche and direct)
  • Learn how to make gesso and oil mediums
  • Learn our method for professional colour mixing
  • The ideal way to learn good habits before more intensive study
  • For an easier course consider Beginners’ Oils
  • For a more challenging course consider Intensive Skills

The course is an intensive, practical and structured introduction to the medium, these simple aims mean it doesn’t demand conceptual thinking or years of dedication to complete, just three days of hands on painting and targeted tuition.

It’s about essential processes, hands on learning and – above all – making things clear. Over three days you’ll receive straightforward, structured, practical tuition in oils, aimed at getting you painting.

Written with experienced leisure painters to in mind we focus on delivering a traditional process for oils, which allows students to get fantastic results quickly whilst building a solid base for future improvement.

If you already work in another medium or are untutored in oils you’ll find the course will enable you to learn a more structured way of working; so your creativity can flourish.  Don’t worry if you’ve never painted or even held a brush, years of experience have taught us that students with no bad habits learn quickly and often discover a hidden talent for Art.

We want everybody to be able to enjoy Simply Oils, so you don’t need to bring any materials, or experience to the course, just arrive with an open mind, and lots of enthusiasm. Everything you need for and on the course is provided.

“What a lovely course I enjoyed every minute, I thought the team were fantastic and Fen was delightful and such a good teacher. I will certainly be looking to taking the next step along the painting in oils course which I think is the Beyond Simply,” WS Simply Oils May 2018

‘An excellent course; demanding but rewarding. clear demos enabling a very clear understanding of principles’ VG Simply Oils Anglesey May 2018


Course only £375 (£385 for 2019) (at our Pay Now Price) , as a stand alone 3 day workshop.

This course includes all materials used on and for the workshop (just bring yourself!), plus a light lunch, notes, refreshments and tuition by one of our trained tutors, plus a  full time studio assistant so you don’t need to set up or scrub down.

Three amazing days

Taught by dedicated professional painters

Devised and written by course director Martin Kinnear, Simply Oils is taught by one of our Assistant Tutors,  plus one of our professional studio assistants. Simply Oils is available, outside of Norfolk, under the direction of Norfolk Painting School tutor Jane at our Yr Efail Studio on Anglesey (call the main school number or e-mail us to book).

At your easel advice comes as standard

As always, places on our courses are strictly limited to ensure ample one to one tuition and the standard of excellence students expect from the School.  Once you have finished Simply Oils you may wish to consider a further course of more advanced study.

“thank you to the staff for giving Olly such an inspirational 3 days last week. He was buzzing about what he had learnt and achieved over the course and I amazed at the results!” ( Sept 17)