Painting in oils with Jenny Aitken

Six spaces on my workshop on Painting in Oils, August 31st in Belper! Click here for more info and to book.

The magic of oils is in their lustrous vibrancy – they hold their place on the  canvas and reflect the light better than any other medium. The colours and sense of atmosphere achievable is limitless, and you can learn to capture this in your work on this workshop!

We will look at composition, colour, mixing and brushwork with a big emphasis on achieving light and atmosphere, through a day of quick demos, painting, guidance and clever tutoring to ensure you progress whether you are a beginner or further on with your oil painting journey.

You will be asked to bring your own equipment, and a materials list will be send after booking. Easels will be provided.

Workshop at Patchings - book now

The workshop will cover composition, colour, brushwork and depth, with special emphasis on layering light. After Jenny’s demonstration, students will paint a small tonal study in black and white, followed by a large colour painting. Throughout the session, Jenny will provide individual teaching and advice.   Please note, the afternoon session will be a repeat of the morning’s course.

Daler-Rowney will provide each student with a System3 Studio Set containing 10x37ml tubes; an A3 System3 Artboard Pad and a System3 Brush Wallet, worth over 59(rrp).

System3 acrylics are highly versatile water-based acrylic colours with fast drying properties. They offer permanence, inter-mixability, durability, covering power and excellent lightfastness (with the exception of fluorescent colours which are by nature fugitive). They are made from high quality pigments, allowing them to be thinned with water or used directly to create an insoluble film. System3 brushes are resilient and durable; perfect for painting with acrylics. System3 Artboard Pad comprises 10 durable boards laminated with an acrylic surface paper on top and as they are 1.4mm thick, the painting will be ready to frame.

The cost of each three-hour session is just £60(inc VAT) per person and includes tuition from Jenny Aitken, Daler-Rowney materials worth over £59(rrp), PLUS free entry to Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival for the day, worth £10.

Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival is one of the UK’s finest practical art, craft and design events, set in 60 acres of picturesque Nottinghamshire countryside. The event showcases some of the best professional artists and craft makers, along with paintings, textiles, jewellery, glasswork, photography, ceramics, woodwork and sculpture. There will also be art and craft materials for testing and purchase, guest artists, demonstration marquees and hands-on workshops. The festival at Patchings Art Centre in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, runs from Thursday to Sunday, July 11 to 14, 10am to 5pm daily. For further information visit

Demo at the Harbour Gallery, July 26th, book now!

Come on watch me paint a couple of pictures in the lovely Fisherman’s Shelter in Portscatho, 11-1pm on July 26th!  I’ll talk you through all that I do, and it will be fun – whatever the weather!

Click here to book – £10 to spend a couple hours with me and my speedy, slightly odd process…!

Latest article in the June edition of the Artist Magazine

Latest article on how to paint the rushing waves in acrylics, click here

My workshop on painting in acrylics on March 30th at Creartii is booked up – but there are two spaces left on the 6th July ! Click the image for more details.

New cards available! click here to order – they’re £2.50 each or a set of 6 for £12.

Excited to be running two workshops in acrylics for Truro Arts Centre – the first on September 16th 2019, visit for more details and to book!

I’m currently a guest writer for the Artist magazine – check out the latest magazine at

I’ll be at Patchings Festival this year! I’ll also be running two workshops at The Artist and Leisure Painter tent on Thursday 11 July 2019.Come and say hello!

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