Contemporary Painting Six Week Course @ OVADA 19 October – 23 November 2021

Last edited by OVADA Gallery on 26 September 2021

Venue, Timing and Cost

OVADA Warehouse, 14a Osney Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NJ
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 to Tuesday, 23 November 2021
10am – 4pm, Tuesdays
£360.00 (10% discount for OVADA Associate Members)

Course title: Contemporary Painting Six Week Course @ OVADA 19 October – 23 November 2021
Location: OVADA, 14 Osney Ln, Oxford OX1 1NJ
Cost: £360 (10% discount for OVADA Associate Members)
Day: Tuesdays
Times: 10am – 4pm
Dates: 19 October – 23 November 2021
Advance booking essential
Deadline for booking: 11.59pm, Sunday 17th October 2021
Book via:
Enquiries: please email

Course description:

Through a variety of exercises and tasks, participants will explore a number of contemporary painting processes and techniques. Designed and taught by an experienced tutor who is also a practicing artist, participants will be encouraged to develop their own practice within each session. This course is aimed at those with some experience of painting but who are committed to exploring the medium in more depth.

Tutor: Tommy Watkins

Tutor Website:

Tutor on Instagram: @tommy_watkins_art

Materials required to take part in this course:

Although hard surfaces are available for mixing, participants are required to bring their own painting materials. Please note that the tutor will be working mainly in acrylics for this term however is fully adaptive and supportive of participants working in oils or watercolours. Please find below, a materials list for those working in acrylics. Please do get in touch via should you require a materials list for oil or watercolour equivalents.

Palette (wood, glass or can be paper tearoff)
Brushes (2-3 brushes varied sizes (4, 6, 10)
Jam Jars with lids – for acrylic medium and water
Roll of kitchen towel
Washing up liquid for brush cleaning
Acrylic gloss flow medium, 250mlAcrylic paint tubes:
French Ultramarine
Cerulean or Manganese blue hue
Lemon yellow
Cadmium yellow
Alizarin crimson
Cadmium red light
Titanium white
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Umber
(students should also bring any colour preferences they like)
The surface can be up to the preference of the student:
Canvas, Canvas board, Cartridge Paper, Wood etc.Optional materials:
Masking tape
A4 paper
Recycled news paper
All of the same materials used in previous session, plus:
At least two black paint pens with different size marking tips. (posca pens for example)
Ruler or straight edge (it is preferable if the ruler is a minimum of 1 foot but can be up to 1 metre)

Important things to note before booking:

Due to structural challenges with our building, classes are normally held in our first floor education room, which unfortunately, is currently accessible via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us via, in advance, so that we can discuss individual requirements and we will do our best to accommodate.

This course requires minimum bookings to run. Should the course become unviable, participants will be notified 2 days before start time and bookings refunded.

If, for any reason, due to Covid, we are unable to run this course in person, we will continue to deliver the course using an online format.

OVADA will continue to advocate and practice Covid – safety measures including social distancing, mask wearing and sanitising as appropriate.

We use Google Documents to facilitate some of this course’s content, therefore you will need a Gmail account in order to take part. If you already have a Gmail account, please provide this email address when booking. If not, it is free and really straightforward to set up a Gmail email account.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds or credit for courses that go ahead so please make sure you can take part before booking.

Further Information

Contact Details: 

Book via:
Enquiries: please email

Professional Development
Multi Artform
Crafts and Applied Arts
Visual Arts

Accessible Events
Professional Training