Oil painting tuition in the heart of Wiltshire

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced artist the Pewsey Vale Studio aspires to develop and improve your oil painting through practical and enjoyable tuition

Paul Oakley – Pewsey Vale Studio

Oil Painting Courses

Whether you are beginning your journey as an oil painter or would like to learn new techniques we have a number of different courses which we hope will be of interest. All of our courses are taught in small groups and involve a mix of demonstrations and practical painting exercises designed to make you a better artist.

Dates for painting courses in 2024 are listed at the bottom of this homepage. Not all courses have a date yet with some being added later in the year.


If you are an art group or society looking to book an artist for a demonstration we would be delighted to talk to you. Paul can tailor a demonstration in oil painting to meet the needs of your members and the time available for your group.
We would also be pleased to discuss arranging workshops for your group, whether they be as a follow up to a demonstration or separately.  

Paul Oakley

Pewsey Vale Studio is run by Wiltshire artist Paul Oakley. Mainly self taught, Paul has developed his skills as an oil painter through attending Norfolk Painting School and, as well as exhibiting, enjoys sharing what he has learnt and continues to learn through running courses and giving demonstrations. All of the courses listed on this website will be taught by Paul and all of the pictures shown are either originals or studies painted by him. 

Pewsey Vale Studio

Our painting courses are held in All Cannings (between Devizes and Pewsey) in the Pavilion Studio, which is the former cricket pavilion for the village. Their are fantastic views across the Pewsey Vale from the studio, which makes it an ideal location for painting en plein air. The studio is basic but has all you need for a creative and fun day painting. Courses held over the winter are in a nearby village hall (which has heating!).  


Introduction to oil painting

Get started with oil painting – 2 day course

Impressionist painting

Painting skies

Water mixable oil paints

Still life from life

Palette knife painting

Landscape painting

Landscape painting – 3 day course

Plein air painting


Colour and value



Painting holiday in Devon 14-18 May 2024

Painting holiday in the Wye Valley 16-21 June 2024

Course dates

Impressionist Painting

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Still Life from Life

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get Started with Oil Painting

June 13 @ 10:00 am - June 14 @ 4:00 pm

Introduction to Oil Painting

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Plein Air

August 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Painting Skies

August 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


August 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Painting Buildings

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pewsey Vale Studio Vouchers

If you know someone who you think would enjoy an oil painting course we sell vouchers for the cost of a day course (£85 for courses 2024 onwards)

Vouchers are valid for one year from purchase and can be used to book onto any course run at the Pewsey Vale Studio, although we recommend that for artists new to oil painting that the Introduction to Oil Painting course would be most useful. If you would like to purchase a voucher please contact us via the button below.


A deft, thoughtful exposition – bags of spoken and unspoken encouragement. Well delivered and a real enjoyment. Very many thanks.

Mr M

Excellent course. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Course was informative, well organised, friendly and relaxed. Please do lots more!

Mrs N

Well structured and very clearly explained. Very very enjoyable! Thank you so much.

Mrs A