Birds in Oils with Mike Skidmore - 25th & 26th June 2021

Birds in Oils with Mike Skidmore - 25th & 26th June 2021

SKU: mikeskidbirdjune
How to paint a realistic bird in oils.


1 day workshop - suitable for beginners and improvers


What we will do in our time together


We’ll be doing a pencil drawing directly onto the canvas, which we’ll ‘fix’ with a transparent coat of

acrylic. Then we’ll paint a tonal picture in white and grey acrylic, as this ensures the underpainting 

dries quickly. Finally we’ll paint in oils, covering every aspect of the classical painting process.


We'll cover the following:

  • Drawing on the canvas - freehand or with a fantastically easy grid method I have devised. Whichever works for you

  • How to do an underpainting, and why it is such a useful approach

  • Glazing, impasto and working with layers to build depth and dimension

  • Oil paints and mediums - everything you need to know

  • How many of the Old Masters created their pictures

  • Developing your own style - I’m not trying to tell you how to paint at home, I’m here to show you techniques that you can integrate into your own work as you see fit

  • How to appreciate your achievements rather than focussing on negatives. We are all our own worst enemy when it comes to personal criticism

  • Lots of tips to help you make the most of your talent (we are all much better than we think we are)




2b pencils and sharpener

Putty rubber

3 x jam jars

White spirit

A cotton rag

Kitchen towel

Cotton buds

'T' square - a cheap plastic one will do

Palettes - the silver foil platters that supermarkets sell are ideal. Students can 

then take them home and use the paint on them.



Acrylics - I will bring a selection of what is needed


Cadmium red

Yellow ochre

Cadmium yellow

Sap green

Ultramarine blue

Titanium white

Burnt umber

Raw umber

Ivory black

I will also have a selection of paints to use, so don't splash out!



Oil or acrylic brushes are fine

A sable or rigger brush in either size 3, 4, 5

Square end or filbert brushes in size 2, 4, 6 

Blending brush (sometimes called a fan brush)


I will also bring a selection in case someone hasn't got a particular brush 


Canvas boards

I prefer students to work on the same canvas boards that I use, as I know 

exactly how the paint will behave: Belle Arte canvas boards 24 x 30 cm which can be bought online from Jackson's Art.

They are about £7.00 each. I will also bring some in case anyone can't get hold of them.



I make my own and will provide enough for each student




    07702 060113

    Pure Artwork Studio

    The Art Barn

    Hirons Farm



    CV36 5HS