Big Sky; Big Brush – a four week oil painting course

Diana Braybrook

1 Mar - 22 Mar

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course: Full Fee £110; Retiree Fee £95; Concession Fee £75

Class details

Our focus in this series of four workshops is “Big Sky; Big Brush”. The workshops are for anyone who loves painting with oil paints, or wants to give them a try.


10am – 1pm

1 – 22 March inclusive

Course Fee: Full – £110 ; Retiree – £95 ; Concession – £75

Limited to 9 artists

In this short course our focus will be on painting interesting skies using large brushes, so our theme is ‘Big Sky; Big Brush’.

Our studio is a place for you to plan and start a painting; then bring it to fruition with support and encouragement from an experienced oil painter. Over the four sessions Diana will

  • show examples of other painters’ work and explain some techniques for painting a variety of different skies
  • help you compose and start your own painting on the theme ‘Big Sky’’, using your own photos and sketches as a starting point
  • show you ways in which different painting techniques can be used most effectively as your painting progresses


We shall provide the following equipment for each session:

  • Studio easel, chair and small table
  • Non-toxic painting medium
  • Large single use paper palettes
  • Jam jar for holding wet brushes
  • Space on a drying rack to hold one wet painting per artist between sessions

You need to bring the following materials:

  • Sketches/photos of memorable skies that you want to paint – at least two options would be good
  • Paper & drawing materials for preparatory work – ruler also useful
  • Stretched canvas, board or oil painting paper to paint your picture on – maximum size is 594 x 891 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in).
  • Oil paints
  • Large brushes (ideally including a fan brush), palette knife/s, old sponge, old credit card
  • Rags or kitchen roll
  • Small pot or jar with lid for painting medium (non-toxic medium provided)
  • Baby wipes for messy fingers
  • Plastic bag to take used brushes home for cleaning


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 1 Mar - 22 Mar
Wednesday 10:00 am
Fees: Course: Full Fee £110; Retiree Fee £95; Concession Fee £75

About the tutor

Diana Braybrook

Diana Braybrook trained initially at Camberwell College of Art, London before studying for her degree in History of Art & Architecture at Reading University.

She is currently resident artist at Osterley Park & House, Isleworth where she uses the Garden Gallery in the stable block as her studio and occasional exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to visit her on an open studio day or by prior arrangement.

Diana is also an experienced tutor and has recently stepped down as a tutor at the 4020 club in LB Ealing.

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