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Contemporary Oil Painting Techniques

A course by Alai Ganuza
Visual Artist, Painter, and Illustrator. Biscay, Spain.
Joined May 2021
, Visual Artist, Painter, and Illustrator

Discover how to depict the beauty of everyday life on canvas with distinctive brushstrokes and expressive colors

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (266)
  • 7786 students

Discover how to depict the beauty of everyday life on canvas with distinctive brushstrokes and expressive colors

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (266)
  • 7786 students
  • 21 lessons (4h 39m)
  • 30 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Want to transform everyday scenes into stunning works of art? Look no further than oil painting with Alai Ganuza, painter and content creator whose social media accounts showcase how to marry beauty and the mundane through her unique use of light, color, and expressive brushstrokes.

In this course, Alai teaches contemporary oil painting techniques. Explore color theory and which materials are best suited to you. See how to paint a still life of an everyday scene from the photo of your choice, making adjustments digitally and then translating it all to the physical world using contemporary oil painting techniques taught throughout the course.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and Color
  • U3
    U3. Before Painting
  • U4
    U4. Step-By-Step Color
  • U5
    U5. After Painting
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Alai Ganuza as she explains how she swapped out sciences for fine arts and became a content creator thanks to her artwork. She also shares her biggest influences and gives you an overview of the course content and final project.

Begin with an introduction to color theory and discover how to make your own guides to save time when painting, as well as how to interpret for your own eyes. Continue by exploring all the available manual and digital tools and choose the ones that are best suited to your needs.

Before putting brush to canvas, warm up with a little prep work. Choose a photo and transform it digitally to use as a template for your final artwork. Then, learn to set up the physical materials for your piece using printing techniques.

Now it's time to get painting! Alai shows you how to add color to your image for that window back to reality, working on each object individually. Next, she shares the secret to the perfect working order while painting with oil and how to retouch the edges and reflections to naturally blend each object to the background.

Discover some final tricks to finish off your piece as well as how to take care of it. Alai also gives you tips on photographing your piece and how to share your work on social media and increase your visibility.

What is this course's project?

Use a photo to compose an oil painting of an everyday scene on the surface of your choice and create your own ode to the mundane.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Beginners and anyone who stopped oil painting but would like to give it another go, as well as experienced painters who want to add a twist to their projects or explore a new medium beyond oil— like acrylics, gouache, or digital—but with a fresh approach and use of color.

Requirements and materials

No previous illustration nor painting experience is necessary, but you do need to know how to use smartphones and tablets.

For materials, you need a surface (paper, wood, canvas, etc.), oil paints in a range of colors, paintbrushes, spatulas, Liquin, turpentine, varnish, and a basic painting workstation. You also need a phone or a tablet with a painting program such as Procreate or similar. If you opt to take the course using a different technique, make sure you have all the correct materials to hand.


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Alai Ganuza

A course by Alai Ganuza

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Visual Artist, Painter, and Illustrator

Although her feet were firmly on the path towards a career in sciences, Alai Ganuza decided to pursue her passion for painting and in 2020, she earned a degree in fine arts with a major in painting from the Universidad del País Vasco. Her work seeks to pay tribute to everyday life with a unique use of light, color, and expressive brushstrokes.

Alai began sharing her projects on social media each day via Instagram Reels, IGTV, and YouTube, creating a growing demand for her content. It was through these channels that she found herself transitioning naturally to content creation with an informative approach showing how painting can be fast, fresh, and accessible.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Materials and Color

    • Theory and Physics of Color 2
    • Theory and Physics of Color 1
    • Digital Materials
    • Physical Materials
  • U3

    Before Painting

    • From the Photo to the Support
    • Support Preparation
    • Choosing Our Photo
  • U4

    Step-By-Step Color

    • Painting Colored Objects 1
    • Painting Colored Objects 2
    • Painting Colored Objects 3
    • Painting Colored Objects 4
    • Painting Colored Objects 5
    • Painting Neutral Objects 1
    • Painting Neutral Objects 2
    • Painting Neutral Objects 3
    • Background-Object Relation 1
    • Background-Object Relation 2
  • U5

    After Painting

    • How to Make Your Work Visible
    • Final Advice
  • FP

    Final project

    • Contemporary Oil Painting Techniques

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Contemporary Oil Painting Techniques. Illustration course by Alai Ganuza Best seller

Contemporary Oil Painting Techniques

A course by Alai Ganuza
Visual Artist, Painter, and Illustrator. Biscay, Spain.
Joined May 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (266)
  • 7786 students