Flemish Oil Painting | 5 sessions starts 15th April | 1pm until 3pm


Flemish Oil Painting | 5 sessions starts 15th April | 1pm until 3pm


Join us and explore the techniques used by an Old Master: Rembrant van Rijn and create your own oil painting over the course of 5 weeks. All materials, tools and refreshments are included.  Scroll down for full details…

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Flemish Oil Painting Techniques of the Old Master 

5 sessions commencing Wednesday 15th April 1pm- 3pm 

Join us at this 5 week course and learn the secrets of old masters’ technique. Each session will take place in our cosy converted barn that offers inspiring views of the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside and surrounding vineyard. You will have time to relax and focus on your art as you build your knowledge and learn techniques. The course is designed for mixed abilities and by the end of the 5 weeks you will have completed your beautiful canvas.

What you will learn:

You will have the opportunity to develop and explore some of the techniques used by an Old Master: Rembrant van Rijn (1609 – 1669).  The painting will be done in 3 stages:

1 – Umber Underlayer

After the initial sketch with a pencil, the first stages are painted in thin washes using oils like watercolours. Each layer needs to dry properly before commencing on the next step.

2 – Dead Underlayer

In this stage the tonality is already chosen so the dead underlayer is prepared using white and black paints. Corrections can be made to the tonality without making radical changes.

3 – Colour layer

The final stage involves using transparent colours to show the tonal values used on all the other layers.

What is included:

All tools, materials and refreshments are included for you. Nothing to bring just yourself. We will also store your canvas between each session.

Session Dates: Wednesday 15th, 22nd, 29th April, 6th and 13th May 2020


Tutor Hansa Heena Thoban

I have been teaching art for over 25 years and most of it has been in post 16 education.  My artistic skills had developed gradually over the years, during which time I had the opportunity to get certified in Fine Arts at Birmingham University.  My experience in teaching a wide range of artistic skills and the qualification didn’t quench my thirst for knowing more about the how the Old Masters painted. I didn’t find any schools of art that offered what I was searching for so I started my own journey of exploration and created an opportunity to learn and teach keen students a range of techniques used by Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian and Durer.  We explored through painstaking research and practical experimentation on how the Old Masters of 15th – 17th century painted.  Eventually, I found what I was looking for in the Flemish oil painting techniques of the Old Masters.  I have now made this painting technique as easy as possible for people with passion for the Old Masters.



To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 10.

For more information about this event or other Rural Antics workshops, contact Hanwell Wine Estate, events@ruralantics.co.uk or 01949 81393

For frequently asked questions about our workshops visit our FAQ page – click here

Giving as a Gift?

If you would like to buy this as a gift for someone, please ensure when you place your order add in the comments box -‘gift voucher with the recipient’s name’. We will then email you a home-print voucher with a description of the workshop and date. Gift vouchers are fully flexible and if your recipient is not available or does not want to do this workshop we will happily move them to another date or different workshop of the same or lower price.


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