Guide to Non-Toxic Oil Painting Methods

Adele McFarlane Wile, Visual Artist, Educator

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9 Videos (55m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Board Preparation

    • Subject for Assignment

    • Assignment with Water Mixable Oils

    • Clean up with Water Mixable Oils

    • Assignment with Oil Paint

    • Clean Up with Oil Paint

    • Assignment Notes

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About This Class


Guide to Non-Toxic Methods of Oil Painting

Oil paint is a medium that can sometimes be intimidating to work with because of its inherent toxicity. This class will introduce students to methods of working with oils in a non-toxic way. We will explore the use of water soluble oil paint as well as methods of working with traditional oil paint without the use of mineral spirits or turpentine. Say goodbye to your toxic worries and ventilation issues because this class is your ticket to a safer way to oil paint. 

Class will include:

Overview of different oil paint types, beginner palette colours, and mediums

How to prepare a painting surface

Techniques for water soluble oils

Techniques for traditional oil paints without the use of toxic paint thinners

Simple painting assignment that can be completed with either water soluble oils or traditional oils. 

Music in this class: Industrious Ferret  Kevin MacLeod (
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10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Great Class!
I was looking for a non-toxic alternative for oil painting and this class was very informative. The artist demonstrates use of water soluble oil paints and alternative ways to avoid solvents. Very methodical, detailedl and clear presentation from prepping surface to clean up.
Nice work :)
Mikki Reux

Malamik Art





Adele McFarlane Wile

Visual Artist, Educator

I am a Canadian visual artist and educator based out of Nova Scotia. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia Collage of Art and Design University and a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University. I currently teach in the Art Department at St. Francis Xavier University and maintain a studio practice out of my home in northeastern Nova Scotia.  

My medium of choice is oil paint but my work also includes drawing, collage, and sculpture. A significant amount of m...

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