Jemisha's Portrait in Oils Kit

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  • £45.00

Begin your oil painting journey today

Originating in the 15th century, oil painting is a popular and beloved medium that allows anyone to create beautiful works of art. If you’ve always wanted to give it a go but not known where to start, now is your chance to learn from the best! With Jemisha’s Portrait in Oils Kit, you’ll be taught by Jemisha Maadhavji, a figurative painter and one of our tutors at Attenborough Art Centre.

About your tutor and kit

Jemisha first started painting when studying at De Montfort University, where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts. She told us that she was always hungry to learn how to paint and understand colour theory, so her degree was the perfect way to start. She was influenced by other students on her course and found learning art history really helpful, as well as watching artist time lapse videos and studying progress shots.

Jemisha explores individuals from different cultural backgrounds, personalities and genders through symbolism and narrative. Her work follows a poetic journey where she is in search of beauty, and her subject matters are a result of a huge influence in bold colours and patterned fabric.

Once you’ve purchased your kit, we’ll email you a link to Jemisha’s tutorial video which you can stream via our website. In this, Jemisha will guide you through the principles of oil paints, how to begin a portrait and how to prepare your surface. She’ll also give key information and a demonstration on how to mix flesh tones.

What’s in the kit?

  • 11 paint oil set
  • Raw umber paint
  • 9oz natural cotton duck 152cm canvas
  • Palette knife
  • Size 2 brush
  • 000 brush
  • Flat 10 brush
  • Gesso

There are a few materials you’ll need to buy separately for your oil painting, including white spirit or turpentine. You can also buy liquin, a fast-drying medium that adds a silky consistency to your paint, giving the surface a glossy finish. Jemisha recommends you buy a staple gun and an 8mm wooden board, which is optional.

More on your tutor, Jemisha Maadhavji

Believe it or not, Jemisha never actually enjoyed drawing or creating any form of art! It was only when she was 13 years old that she picked up drawing, followed by oil painting when she was 19. After a couple of years, Jemisha felt she wanted to pass on her knowledge and skills to others, so started teaching and still finds it unbelievably rewarding.

With a couple of exhibitions cancelled in 2020 and a few opportunities put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jemisha didn't let this stop her. In March 2021, she curated a digital exhibition called 'Desires Never Desire', a fantastical journey of her dreams and desires during the UK's various lockdowns.

Later this year, Jemisha will be exhibiting as part of Leicester Take Over with UKNA, a long weekend where new and emerging artists from across the UK will showcase their work with new audiences and their peers (dates to be confirmed).

You can buy Jemisha’s work directly from her website and discover some of her exclusive works on London Connoisseur, a luxury gallery that champions contemporary design and the decorative arts. You can also find Jemisha on Instagram.

Have any questions?

If you'd like to find out more about this kit or any of our other products, feel free to drop us a message via our contact form.

Happy crafting! And don’t forget – if you share your work on Facebook or Instagram, use #AACHome and tag three friends, we'll give you 10% off your next order!