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Oil Painting

Oil painting is one of the oldest and one of the most popular art forms. It uses a specific type of paint composed with pigments and a binder. Oil painting is the most common artistic technique and has survived centuries, taking special space in the Renaissance art forms. It was initially popularised in Europe and spread to the length & breadth of the world.

Some of the most notable & inspiring artworks involving oil painting include the ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ by Jan van Eyck, ‘La donna velata’ by Raphael, ‘The Rape of Europa’ by Titian, ‘The Raising of the Cross’ by Rubens, ‘The Milkmaid’ by Johannes Vermeer, ‘La Belle Strasbourgeoise’ by Nicolas de Largillière, ‘Portrait of Dr. Gachet’ by Vincent van Gogh, ‘The Old Guitarist’ by Pablo Picasso, and ‘Nighthawks’ by Edward Hopper.

Oil painting still remains one of the most definitive & distinct styles of artform. New generations of artists have embraced this form of painting from time & again. Oil art remains a truly timeless form of painting.

You shall need the following key supplies for oil painting

  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Turpentine or mineral spirits
  • A cleaning jar
  • Linseed oil or oil medium
  • Palette
  • Paper or canvas
  • Pencil
  • Easel
  • Apron
  • Cloth

Learner’s outcome

  • Oil art provides greater flexibility & better colour depth, tones & shades.
  • It is versatile where techniques of application are concerned.
  • Offers better opportunities for blending.
  • The colour remains the same after drying.

Interested in learning oil painting as a beginner? Explore the Oil Painting courses at Oak Groves and reveal your inner artist! Anyone can learn, there’s no age restrictions!


  • An interest to learn.