Landscape Oil Painting Courses

In North Norfolk

Nial Adams at Blickling Hall

– 20th & 21st May 2023 –


oil painting courses in Norfolk

Spend Two Days in the stunning surroundings of Blickling Hall

One of Norfolk’s great stately homes and country estates

For Intermediate Level Artists wanting to learn and improve in traditional Oil Painting


Welcome – Full Course Information – Please Read Carefully

Dates – 20th & 21st May 2023

Times – 10am – 4pm (1-hr lunch break)

Location – Blickling Hall, Aylsham, Norfolk

Oil Painting Course Cost – £220 per person

If you would like to know about the next available Course please use the form below

Introduction –

Norfolk Artist and Landscape Oil Painter, Nial Adams, is delighted to once again be teaching two-day oil painting courses in North Norfolk.

Notes for future courses –

The course will be held at the stunning Blickling Hall, an impressive Jacobean stately home dating back to 1616 and now in the care of the National Trust.

Although Nial accepts private students, normally on a 1-2-1 basis at his Studio, he rarely teaches group courses, so this is an excellent opportunity and not to be missed.

Previous Courses have been a great success and we expect this new Spring Course to be fully booked (Max 12 Students).


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Who the Course is for –

As mentioned above, this course is aimed at the intermediate and ‘improving’ artist. This course is ideal if you are experienced in Acrylics and want to learn how to work in Oil Paint using the traditional methods.

Nial will be teaching ‘from the ground up’ focusing on the solid core basics of building an oil painting in stages, using classical techniques.

Although not a requirement, obviously some experience in art and painting will be a huge benefit and enable you to develop your skills and improve your work.

Perhaps you’re used to painting in another media; acrylics, watercolour, etc., and you want to try your hand at Oil Painting. Or maybe you’re used to working in oils but feel that you’ve not yet nailed the core skills and techniques to lift your work to the next level.

With ten hours of tuition and practice, over two days, Nial will be guiding the group and working with each individual artist to help them learn and understand. Please note; this is not just a ‘talk-and-chalk’ demonstration course.


What to expect –

Working together in the Blickling Hall Gallery (known as The Loft), a bright and quiet space, you’ll be working in oils on canvas, from an easel, following Nial as he demonstrates and explains. Nial will spend time with each individual artist, explaining and guiding.

Norfolk Artist Nial AdamsThis course focuses on Landscape painting, building composition, skies and tonal contrast. You’ll be learning traditional oil painting techniques, just as Nial learned from his father.

Nial’s style would best be described as ‘tonal realism’, his work has attracted awards, reviews and acclaim, as well as collectors internationally. Earlier in 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art (FRSA).

His focused but informal teaching style will give you time and opportunity to ask questions about specific oil painting methods and get the most from this two-day, immersive creative experience.

You’ll also be able to enjoy your surroundings, stepping away from the bustle of busy modern-life, find new inspiration and perhaps even make new art friends.

Above all, you’ll enjoy your weekend in beautiful surroundings, have fun and develop new skills and techniques that you can take home and develop further, whether you’re a keen amateur or professional artist.


Here’s a testimonial from one of Nial’s previous art course students –

“I had been looking at Nial’s work for some time with great interest, as I wanted to branch out into landscape painting from the portraits I had been doing for years.

Just by chance I saw on Facebook that he was teaching a workshop. I was really pleased to be able to get a place on the two day course.

Nial’s methods of teaching make it easy to understand the techniques of tonal painting and the methods of glazing and scumbling.

He demonstrates each stage in a very clear way. I am relatively experienced with oils, but the things I learnt have helped my art practice in so many ways.

I now have a whole new way of working that I can use and feel so much freer. On the same course, two of my fellow learners had never tried oil paints before.

Nial was able to support all of us to produce work we were very happy with. I would heartily recommend anyone, no matter what level of experience, to go to one of his workshops!”

– Sam Vinyard-Jones (Sam’s own artwork can be viewed on Instagram here – @faithful_portraits)


What the Course includes –

The Course fee includes full tuition and the supply of some art materials, paints and medium. However, you will be required to bring your own brushes, two canvases, easel and a few other things. Some easels may be available to hire for a small charge, please ask.

Full details on this, with a kit-list will be supplied, making it easy for you to prepare. If you have any questions before deciding to book please just contact Nial personally.

Oil Painting Courses Norfolk Landscape Artist Nial AdamsRefreshments will be available during the course. However, you will be required to either bring a packed lunch, or you can use the excellent café/restaurant at the Hall.

With beautiful surroundings you’re encouraged to step out and enjoy the 1-hour lunch break.

Although not offered as a residential course, you may decide to stay locally over the weekend, or extend your break.

This part of North Norfolk is well catered for with some very nice local Inns, Guesthouses, etc. a list of which can be provided.


Location –

Blickling Hall and Estate are situated approximately 15 miles North of Norwich and close to the market town of Aylsham. Routes by road to the Hall are easy to find if travelling North from the city on the A140 Cromer Road.

Oil Painting Course Blickling North Norfolk MapThe Hall is well known and has featured in many period films and dramas. It is probably most famous as the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and has been in the ownership of many great families including the Astors.

All teaching takes place inside, in a well-lit Gallery comprising four rooms, giving ample space for all students to work in comfort.

Car parking is available on site, please see notes below on daily parking charge.


Other Useful Information –

Course places are offered individually but you’re very welcome to attend with a friend, spouse or partner. Painting together with someone you know can be great fun.

If you want to make this a long weekend break there is plenty to do and see in the area, including the Hall and gardens of course, which also has some wonderful walks. Likewise, for non-painting partners or spouses, there’s a lot to enjoy and explore locally.

Oil Painting Courses Norfolk Landscape Artist Nial AdamsEntry to the main Hall is by ticket, or free to National Trust Members. The Hall is also only about 10 miles from the North Norfolk Heritage Coast.

There are also several excellent eateries locally for evening meals, including The Buckinghamshire Arms, which is right next to the Hall, should you be staying in the area. It also offers accommodation.

There are a number of good Hotels and Pub/Inns local to Blickling that provide accommodation. Norwich is about 30 mins drive away, with lots of accommodation available. If you’re looking to book somewhere to stay, please speak to us for assistance and guidance.

Please note; there is also a daily charge for car parking using the National Trust pay-and-display (£5), which is again free for NT Members.

Notes – all students are welcome and encouraged to take personal notes. Still photography is permitted on the Course, Nial actually encourages this. However, no video photography allowed during tuition.


How to Book –


If you’re interested in attending the NEXT UPCOMING course with Nial, please call or email to register your interest.

If you’re interested in joining this Oil Painting Course in May you can reserve your place(s) today. Once you’ve read the important information, simply scroll down, where you’ll find a Booking Request Form to complete and submit.

If you want to know more, have any specific questions, or just want to confirm this course is right for you, please call Nial direct for personal attention – T. 01603 755 480 or send an email to but please remember to include your telephone number.


Payment Methods –

All course places must be paid in full once Booking Request is received and place(s) confirmed. You’ll receive an invoice for payment with details of how to pay.

Payment for your course place(s) can be made by Bank Transfer, which is safer and preferable, full account details are provided. We also accept payments made through PayPal, as well as Credit or Debit Card.


Guaranteed Satisfaction –

We want to make sure that you’re happy to go ahead and book with complete confidence. This why this Course is Guaranteed; if, by lunchtime on day one you feel you’re on the wrong course, or just not happy for any reason, you can leave the Course and claim a full 100% refund of your course fees paid.


Cancellation Policy –

Full payment of your place is required on booking, this secures your place. If you need to cancel your place, for any reasons, the following cancellation policy applies to refunds. If you cancel up to 20 days before the course – 100% refund.

If you cancel up to 10 days before the course – 50%. Any late cancellations (with less than 10 days), sorry but no refund is given. However, we will aim to offer you alternative course dates, or private tuition at our discretion.

Course Cancellation – in the unlikely event that the course has to be cancelled (e.g. tutor sickness) you will be given as much notice as possible.

A new course date will then be arranged. You will be entitled to a full refund, or you can opt to have your payment carried forward to the new course dates.


Disabled Access –

Blickling Hall is a Grade II Listed building from the Jacobean period. The course takes place on the first floor, which is only accessible by a large, wide staircase. However, this does not provide full disabled access.

If you have any questions please call for more information. If you are disabled and would like to access oil painting tuition alternative arrangements can certainly be offered, including home-tuition.


Your Next Step – Securing your Place –

So, if you’re excited at the idea and would like to secure your place(s), here’s what you need to do next.

Firstly, if you have any questions at all, please call or email. We want to ensure this course is right for you. Nial is always happy to help.

Then, if you want to reserve a space or two, please complete this short form below. Complete as much as possible and do include your telephone number.

We’ll then get in touch with you by return email to confirm if you have been provisionally allocated a place. You’ll then be invoiced for your place(s).

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