3-week Oil Painting Course with Lou Thomas - Mountains, Textured Seascapes or Landscapes
3-week course for beginners in oils

"Lots of fun, worth every penny. Looking forward to booking again. " - Lauren

This stimulating new course is an inspiring way for artists with some experience to discover the secrets to creating beautiful natural scenes in oil paints.

This course is suitable for students of any ability including those with no experience of oil painting and those who have painted previously but simply want to explore textured painting techniques.

Lou will guide you through the preparation stages of creating a textured work with a seascape or mountain theme in week one; applying paint and using dispersal techniques in week two; and in the final week finishing and fine tuning the details of the painting.
Each session will take 2 hours.

At the end of the three weeks you will have a complete textured oil painting which, after another two to three weeks drying can be varnished using “Re-touch varnish” and framed.

  • No previous oil painting experience is necessary; also suitable for those already painting looking to improve their skills
  • Step by step demonstrations and critiques
  • Subject matter taken from Lou's own photographs
  • Small class sizes
  • Widely spaced, sanitized workspaces; aprons provided
  • Materials and refreshments are included
  • This 3-session course costs £180 inc VAT per person - that's just £60 per week!

The Course Structure covers:

  • Week one - introduction to oil painting materials; drawing the subject on to your canvas panel; application of texture pastes
  • Week two - masking, applying paints to selected areas
  • Week three - painting the sky, adding fine details, finishing, and a discussion on how to varnish after 2-3 weeks' drying time

You are asked to bring:

  • Your own oil paint brushes if you have them
  • Rags for cleaning
  • Old clothes
  • A flat tray (like a fruit box) to convey your work home) plus old newspapers

This class is led by Lou Thomas, a highly respected and widely-collected painter.
Lou's mountain scenes and seascapes are much admired, with a style that incorporates much texture and movement.
Lou has been painting almost all her life and is delighted to be sharing her skills and love of oil painting with you!

How to book your place - Three-Week Oil Painting Course with Lou Thomas

Textured Seascapes or Mountains Three-Week Oil Painting Course is structured as a 3-week course of 2 hours per session on Saturdays and takes place on the dates below.

If you're ready to book, use the PayPal button below and select the session you want to join - debit / credit cards and PayPal accepted . We can also take personal bookings in our studio.
All bookings are subject to our class bookings Terms And Conditions.

We've updated our workshops-related COVID-19 fact sheet - find it here.
If you have any questions or concerns get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

2024 Courses


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What attendees have said about our courses:

"It was great fun! Good to get creative & try different things."

"Very informative and materials, techniques and different mediums "

"An inspiring course with a great and friendly atmosphere "

"Challenging, insightful, thought-provoking and inspirational"



Create amazing oil paintings on this workshop at Vitreus ArtCreate a beautifully textured mountain scene in just 3 short sessions! Learn oil painting with master painter Lou Thomas at Vitreus Art
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About Lou Thomas

Lou's paintings have been regularly exhibited both nationally and in Europe. She has been an annual participant in Bucks Art Weeks and South Northants Art Trail exhibiting and undertaking live demonstrations, she also teaches her painting techniques.

Lou’s oil paintings aim to express the powerful dominance of mountains on the landscape, protective yet potentially menacing. Her textured oil works are mixed media impasto pieces utilizing mediums mixed with traditional oil paint creating shadow and light definition through paint relief, enhancing the portrayal of mountain ruggedness and rock formations.

Thomas also favours moving water as a subject and her lakes and seascapes capture the dynamic movement and depth of water despite the transient nature of the subject.

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