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Oil Adventures with Bernard Willington | Portraits

The Course

Oil Adventures | 02 Portraits is the second in our oil painting weekend courses with an incredible painter and tutor Mr Bernard Willington. It is the introductory course designed to teach you how to paint with oils, understand how oil paint behaves, prepare a palette, mix colours, use a palette knife and different brushes. You will create a least two portrait paintings over the two-day course.  


£150 | includes two-days tuition, all materials, refreshments, lunch (vegetarian)


Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 2022


10am – 4pm


Ground Floor | Spacecraft Westbury, 24 – 26 Maristow Street, Westbury, Wiltshire

 The Tutor – Mr Bernard Willington

Qualifying as a design engineer Bernard became involved in managing the transfer of industrial technology to overseas clients including to South America and Africa.


In 1984, on his return from a 2-year project in Africa, Bernard became a full-time painter.  He set up his own fine art publishing company and following a series of International Invitational Exhibitions in America he established his own studio in the USA.    Over the same period, he worked with a Californian fine art publisher gaining coast to coast recognition for his sporting paintings alongside others commissioned for product licensing.  While in America Bernard ran painting courses and gave many demonstrations to art groups in Georgia and South Carolina. He won ‘’Best International Artist’’ award at an International Golf Art exhibition held in North Carolina.


On his return to Wiltshire Bernard’s designs for illustrated maps applied to soft cushions won a Design of the Year award from the Giftware Association at the Spring Gift fair in Birmingham.  This led to an invitation from The Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley to design a cushion for the Chelsea Flower Show.   The RHS ran the design at the show for two years.

 Bernard continues teaching, running a weekly painting class for the Lawrence Art Society in Devizes.  He also gives painting demonstrations to various painting groups in Wiltshire.’’

All Materials Provided

All studio brushes, palette knives, paints, easels etc are provided – giving you a chance to start painting with oils as a complete beginner and learn about the brushes and pigments you may want to buy to continue your oil adventure.


Lunch provided

All refreshments and vegetarian lunches on both days are provided. This allows us to pause for lunch when the caterer arrives and get back to painting as soon as we can. For those attending with special dietary needs, please make sure you bring your own packed lunch.


Course notes

Bernard has prepared comprehensive course notes for students to take away. Future weekend courses will be more analytical. But this one…it’s ok to have no idea.


Please note:   Paintings will have to be left for at least a week to dry and be picked up later.

Please wear studio clothing/old clothes.


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