Tonkinson Art Masters School of oil painting techniques

Discover the Artist in You


You will learn everything about oil painting techniques, supports, and mediums.


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Welcome to the wonderful world of oil painting techniques for all levels of artists! TAM Art School

About Tonkinson Art Masters

Welcome to the wonderful world of oil painting

Tonkinson Art Masters was founded in 1981 by South African-born artist Leone Tonkinson. Today known as “TAM – School of oil painting” is registered with the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands since 2008, TAM Art School continues to proudly introduce all levels of artists into the wonderful world of oil painting techniques.

Tonkinson Art Masters is designed with the vision to give artists of all levels a good and solid foundation in the basics of art making.

My goal is to work with you as an artist to develop a tailor-made set of oil painting skills with error-free guidelines and a good and professional foundation in both traditional and contemporary oil painting techniques.

Together we develop art techniques with the aim of creating a unique style and signature for you.

Leone Tonkinson


Vision and Purpose

We welcome all levels of artists! We help them choose their own projects. We assist with:

Student artists can start anytime of the year

TAM Workshops

Is This Course For You?

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint in oils, make an oil painting study after an Old/New Master, or just relax while painting your own ideas. TAM art school is especially designed to cater for the oil painting need of the absolute Novice, the Intermediate as well as the Professional Artist.

Choose Your Own Projects

Choose Your Own Projects

Learn about oil painting by choosing your own projects and become a master painter in fur, discover the goldern rules of art making, have fun with fail-proof color mixing recipes, be amazed by easy perspective, understand the fundamentals of art making or just brush-up on your glazing techniques.

Artists Progress At Their Own Pace

Artists Progress At Their Own Pace

In addition, we offer assignments and demonstration lessons for painting objects like, metals, glass, crystal, animal eyes, fruit and even flowers and amongst others the unforgettable oil painting techniques of the Old Masters as well as our Contemporary Masters of today.

demo lessons and assignments

In the workshops you will receive downloadable image references from the Demo lesson and Assignment catalogue.

Assignments and Demo Lessons are projects designed specifically for artists of all skill levels to master a handful of techniques.

Choose from a large collection of demo lessons to help you master certain techniques you are interested in: e.g. hair, eyes, fruit, crystal, silver, glass, reflections, shadows, color mixing, perspective, etc. to name a few to name a few.

Oil painting requires an understanding of your mediums and their carriers. Demo lessons can also consist of short, quick exercises in between to help you experiment with different mediums, carriers and/or techniques.

Commands are also available to help you practice tone values, gaining a better understanding of the fundamentals of art making.

Leone has assignments for every subject in your oil painting workshops. If you have your own drawings, subjects and themes, we support you with that too. The course is completely flexible in that regard.

Our goal is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and know-how, so that you can be independent and independent. Assignments are there when you need them, along with unlimited personal support from Leone.

Our Process

How TAM Works

TAM Art School hosts 4, 7, 14 & 30 sets of 3-hour workshops in the introduction to oil painting techniques at Studio locations in the Netherlands. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and know how, so that you can tap into your creative energy while focusing on developing your personal signature as an independent artist.

Schedule Your Workshops

Enjoy our user-friendly online register to schedule and manage your workshops, cancel, and move your seat to catch up on any workshops you might have missed.

Workshop - Day 1

Bring your drawing and painting pochard with for handy tips and advice. Don’t worry if you do not have one. You only need to purchase materials as you need them.

Enjoy Your Painting

Tailored tuition as you choose your own projects. Learn a more oil painting techniques with each new project. Optional, fun demo-lesson to help you master any technique.

Students Feedback

What Our Students Say About TAM

Leone, you are so very talented, professional, knowledgeable, endlessly patient, you allow your student to develop their own style with much guidance, beyond a teacher, you're a friend and always have great advice, so enjoyed your classes, still a dedicated student in South Africa.

    Raye T.
    Raye T.


    Het is erg prettig om van Leone les te krijgen. Ze is stimulerend, maar ook oprecht in haar feedback als het minder gaat. Ze geeft persoonlijke aandacht. neemt soms even het voortouw zodat je direct ziet hoe het beter of gemakkelijker kan. Gezellige club in Bussum

      John E.
      John E.


      Het is onbeschrijfelijk veel wat je van Leone leren kan. Ze maakt het schilderen tot één groot avontuur. En mochten er enige frustraties zijn ontstaan tijdens het schilderproces dan is altijd Leone daar die je in een handomdraai, met haar positieve feedback, er weer uit weet te halen. Ik ben erg blij dat ik Leone gevonden heb en dat ik in een prettige groep zit waar oog is voor iedereen.

        Melanie V.
        Melanie V.


        I just love my Saturday mornings with Leone and the artists. There is a wonderful atmosphere of comraderie and mutual motivation. Leone is a superb teacher, she takes the time to learn about you and your painting style, and then tailors her advice accordingly to bring out the best in your abilities. I have learnt so much and I am very happy with the way that my painting is developing!

          Monica D.
          Monica D.


          The lessons at Leone Tonkinson are very instructive. Step by step, I learn the technique of realistic painting. The lessons are relaxed and full of attention. A world opens up when you see how a few (sometimes more) layers of paint suddenly make a beautiful painting. Recommended.

            Nel V.
            Nel V.


            We’ve been teaching Leone for about 2 years now and we’ve both learned a lot from her. It encourages you to get better in your own style. Forced by corona, the online lessons are also very fun and educational! Henny and Nico.

              Henny D.
              Henny D.


              I look forward to meeting you in person

              Let’s work together to help you discover the artist in you.