Painting in Oils using a restricted palette : a short course

Diana Braybrook

23 Feb - 16 Mar

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course: Full Fee £105; Retiree Fee £90; Concession Fee £70

Class details

Painting in Oils using a restricted palette is a series of four workshops for anyone who loves painting with oil paints, or wants to give them a try.

Wednesdays 10am – 1pm

23 February – 16 March inclusive

Course Fee: Full – £105 ; Retiree – £90 ; Concession – £70

Limited to 9 artists

In this short course we focus on developing our mixing skills by using a restricted palette of just four colours to celebrate the lovely muted, subtle colours of ‘Winter’. 

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 the range of colours that can be mixed using a restricted palette of:
    • Cadmium Red (medium) or Cadmium Red Hue
    • Ivory Black
    • Titanium White
    • Yellow Ochre
  • show examples of other painters’ work using the same four colours
  • help you plan and start a painting – our theme is ‘Winter’
  • show you ways in which different painting techniques can be used most effectively within your painting

It doesn’t matter if you are just starting your journey with oil paints, or an experienced artist, this painting in oils course suits artists with all levels of experience.


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 subject – possibly a couple of options
  • Paper and drawing materials for preparatory work – ruler is also useful
  • Stretched canvas or board to paint your picture on – maximum size is 594 x 891 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in)
  • Oil paints: Cadmium Red/Hue, Ivory Black, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre
  • Brushes, 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: 23 Feb - 16 Mar
Wednesday 10:00 am
Fees: Course: Full Fee £105; Retiree Fee £90; Concession Fee £70

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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