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  • Course is Open!  Self-Study
  • Instructor Larissa West
  • 8+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Facebook Group for students
  • #larissawest
  • Course Price – $69

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Have you always wanted to try oils, but didn’t know where to start? Do they intimidate you? Do you think they are too hard to clean up? Are you afraid of safety hazards or toxicity?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for YOU! I had oil paint for over a year and was too afraid to try it for all of these reasons and more! I didn’t know anything about how to use oil paint, the mediums, or how to clean up. I was afraid of hazardous chemicals and had been told by many that the clean-up process was awful.  I was also afraid that they would make my house smell. ALL of these concerns and misconceptions will be addressed in this class. When used properly, oils are less toxic than acrylics! I have spent more than a year researching everything I can about this medium, and I will teach you everything I have learned about painting with oils. This class is designed for beginners and also those who have painted in oils but want to learn more and take them further. I can’t wait for YOU to fall in love with them too!!!


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By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • gain a solid foundation of working knowledge in oil paint, oil paint mediums, and a variety of techniques and brush styles used in oil painting.
  • explore working in a limited palette and creating harmonious color range.
  • mix custom colors and accurate skin tones.
  • learn to paint archivally sound paintings using a time-honored method of fat-over-lean.
  • discover how to use oils and clean up in a safe way.
  • explore the uses and purposes of the most widely-used mediums in oil painting.
  • learn to create portraits using two unique methods of painting.
  • confidently use apps to aid in creating portraits.
  • learn to use a reference and know when to let the reference go to create personal and expressive portraits.


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I have heard so many concerns about oil paints that have prevented people from using them. Because of this, so many are missing out on what I find to be the most richest, and amazing art medium available!!! These concerns are based on old ways of using the medium. I want to teach you and show you just how far oil painting has come!!! You CAN paint with oils without the use of ANY solvents. You CAN use oil paint without worry of strong odors or fire hazards. You CAN clean up quickly and easily! Most importantly, you CAN learn to use them with confidence and translate them to YOUR style of painting.


This class is NOT about teaching you to paint in MY style. This class will equip you with the knowledge and tools to use oil paint to create YOUR OWN masterpieces in YOUR OWN style!! Let’s let go of the concerns and misconceptions and PAINT FEARLESSLY!!




This lesson is an introduction to the most commonly used supplies in oil painting. I will show you a variety of surfaces and substrates, different types of grounds. You will learn what oil paint is and how to choose your paint, and I will show you different types of brushes and which ones are best for different techniques. I will also demonstrate how and when to varnish your pieces.

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Lesson 2 will focus on spending the time to practice blending and swatching using a limited palette. We will discuss the importance of knowing the range of your paint and how to achieve the colors you want. You will be amazed at the extent of the range a limited palette can give you! You can create hundreds of colors from just three colors plus black and white!


Next we will explore and experiment with the most commonly used oil mediums. I will tell you what each of them is for and what they do. In this lesson, we will also cover an important principle in oil painting called “fat over lean” and why this method is so important in oil painting. By the end of this lesson, you will have a clear understanding of what mediums are available to you and which ones best fit YOUR style.  Knowing this can save you lots of time and money.  It will also ensure your paintings will be beautiful for years to come.


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Finally it is time to paint!  In lesson 5, we will create a portrait on a black gessoed ground using the fat over lean principle.  This will also  ensure your painting will be archivally sound and last for many, many years. We will begin with a black substrate and also discuss how to transfer an image onto your substrate before painting. Lastly, we will work with some unconventional skin tones and play with color!!  This lesson is bound to be a ton of fun!



Let’s try something NEW! In this lesson we are going to use a very different technique that is perfect for beginners to oil painting. Using a dry brush technique students will see how forgiving oil paints are as well as add additional mediums to our work! This technique gives you great control over the paint application and is easily correctable. We will also bring in the addition of acrylic paint and charcoal. I will show you how to create your own beautiful portrait on an acrylic toned canvas and a charcoal sketch.


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I had to add in my final thoughts on painting in oils!  In this bonus lesson I will demonstrate how to mix accurate flesh tones using our limited palette and how to adjust colors during mixing. I will also share with you some of the tips and tricks and resources I use when I am painting, from the beginning of the sketch to the tools I use during the process for corrections. I will also share with you some of the written materials that have been helpful to me as I learned how to use oil paint.




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As a self-taught artist who found art late in life, Let's Face It has been an invaluable resource for me. I am deeply honored to be here teaching this year! Some of my fondest memories growing up were days spent creating and painting with my Mom. Neither of us had any formal training. It was all about the joy of creation. When she died, my passion for creating died too. In 2016, I made a personal vow to embrace the parts of me that had been neglected or put on hold. So, I began with a challenge to draw or paint something every day for thirty days and I fell in love all over again. I have been creating every day since then. I love all the aspects of the creative process and I enjoy working intuitively. I love experimenting with different mediums. I currently work with watercolors, acrylics and pastels, and oils but I love trying new mediums and techniques. I am so excited to be part of YOUR art journey!

Art expresses, art connects, art inspires, and art heals.



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  I will be actively involved with the class via Facebook during the four weeks that the course is open!  I am really excited about working through these exercises with each of you!



Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 


  • 1-Birch Cradleboard —7/8 inch thick 11x14
  • 1-Canvas— Pre-gessoed deep gallery-wrapped canvas 9x12
  • Black acrylic gesso
  • White Chalk (I used white Derwent XL Charcoal block)
  • Paint brushes—mostly synthetic brushes— flats and brights in a variety of sizes- I use soft bristles for one technique and stiff bristles for the other. Also several synthetic small round brushes for details.
  • Palette paper—or other painting palette
  • Oil Paint:
  • Golden Fluid Acrylics
    • Turquoise (pthalo)
    • Burnt Umber Light
    • Burnt Sienna
  • Gamsol
  • Linseed Oil or other oil such as Poppy, Walnut, Safflower, etc.
  • Palette knife
  • Old credit card or room key—anything with a sharp flat edge
  • Wet wipes (diaper wipes)
  • Vine charcoal
  • Compressed charcoal (I use Dick Blick)
  • Spray Workable Fixative (I used Grumbacher)


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  1. Libbi Corson (verified owner)

    This class was a perfect introduction for me with oils. Larissa gives you a ton of information on oils and how to use them safely. I have fallen in love with using oils and this class is one of the main reasons. I can not recommend it enough!

  2. emma (verified owner)

    This workshop is so very comprehensive and well set out, I thoroughly recommend it. Larissa has totally taken the mystery out of working with oils for me, they ARE easy to use and so very versatile too compared to acrylic paint. If you, like me, have bought oil paints and they are sitting in a box or drawer waiting for you to muster up the courage to use them then Larissa’s course is the one to banish your fear and help you every step of the way from which brushes to use, mediums and finally varnishing your work. All in all a very thorough course and very informative. Do it!

  3. Charlotte de Klerk (verified owner)

    Although I have always used oils, I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the course and would certainly do a next course with Larissa!

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