Unwind with Oils


Start 2020 with this relaxed and insightful one-day workshop on oil painting. If you have always wanted to discover how to paint with oils, this is the workshop for you.

Explore the fundamentals of oil painting with local artist Elena Churilova. Participants will explore aspects of the medium to better understand techniques and opportunities. You will gain confidence in your approach to the oil painting process through warm-up exercises, before working towards completing a finished artwork. Consider composition, value and colour as you create a beautiful artwork in oils. 

Participants will be introduced to oils and solvents and how best to use them in their art practice. Through individual attention, participants will be assisted in handling the medium confidently. You will consider shapes and shadowing, colour mixing and matching, use of solvents, composition, and subject matter.

Please bring the following materials:

  • Flat, square hogs hair brushes No. 16, 10, 8, 6.
  • One fine brush (e.g. Kolinski sable brush) for fine work
  • Stretched canvas or textured MDF board (40x50cm or bigger)
  • Oil paints (Essential colours: Cadmium red, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium yellow, Phtalo blue, Ultramarine, yellow Ochre and a large tube of Titanium white. Any extra colours are welcome.)

Please bring your own lunch.

Price: $85|$82 Friends of the Gallery [includes group materials and qualified artist educator throughout eight-week course]

Where: Rockhampton Art Gallery, Beatrice Hutton Room (entry via Beatrice Hutton Room, directly off Victoria Parade)

Parking: Victoria Parade or Bolsover Car Park behind the Gallery

About the tutor

In 2006 Elena Churilova moved from Russia to Australia as a qualified professional. Inspired by the local scenery - sky, sea, river, houses in the street - she returned to her passion, painting, and began experimenting with various mediums and techniques (oil, pastel, gouache and watercolour) in a style which combines reality and fantasy.

Elena has taught many art workshops for adults in Rockhampton, focusing on the mediums of oil and watercolour.


  • Sunday, 19 January 2020 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Rockhampton Art Gallery, 62 Victoria Parade , Rockhampton City 4700  View Map

Google Map