Oil Painting Class
Oil painting is considered the most versatile of the painting mediums. It's rich color, durability, limitless color mixing options, and versatility of application make it a favorite of professional artists.
In this course students will explore the many possibilities of mixing and blending oil colors, learn to properly apply oil paint, apply a variety of techniques, and learn the aesthetic sensibilities related to artistic expression in the oil medium. There will be an emphasis on color theory and composition and students will learn how to paint a variety of subjects. Many other tips and insights will be shared with the class.
This course focuses on building fundamental painting skills. It is therefore skills oriented, and employs skill-based training techniques in the visual arts as opposed to a project-based approach. Students learn to paint any object not just how to paint a specific subject. Participants learn to see with the artist's eye and accurately paint what is seen.
Classes are small to ensure individual attention and instruction. This course is best suited for students aged 14 to adult, but accommodations may be made for younger, gifted students.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of oil painting, but it is also an opportunity for the more advanced artist to gain the additional visual and creative practice which will certainly enhance any artistic endeavor.
The instructor will endeavor to provide students with the "tools" necessary to confidently work with oil paints and to enhance each student's ability to see the world the way artists' see it. The class objective is to lead the student to express their own individual creativity through this versatile medium.
Outline of Course Content
1. Overview of brushes, canvas, and various tools for painting.
2. Best methods for using painting tools and equipment for optimum results.
3. Properties of value in painting.
4. How to apply paint to a surface in a manner which creates the illusion of space.
5. Paint texture techniques which are visually stimulating and enhance the illusion of depth.
6. Aesthetic, emotional, and spatial properties of the various colors and how to mix them using color theory.
7. How to apply color in the form of transparent glazes over a monochromatic painting.
8. Painting vocabulary.
9. Encouragement, constructive criticism, and technical advice.
Professionalism, studio practice and the art world
1. Development of a sketchbook
2. Museum/gallery visit
3. Critical analysis: in-class critique of other students’ work
4. Storage and care of paintings, suitable presentation methods for portfolio, and exhibition
Students will be required to bring their own art supplies.
Only A Suggested materials list
5 canvas boards 18" x 24"
Damar varnish & linseed oil (Windsor Newton) small bottles - oil Matte or gloss medium (Liquitex) – acrylic media
Odorless turpentine (1 quart) - oil
Windsor and Newton Liquin medium & Liquin Impasto medium
Rags, paper towels
3" trowel style palette knife - plastic or metal Palette - large paper disposable or wood
Tin cans containers - 2 small, medium, 1 large
2", 3", 4" china bristle flats
#8, #10, #12 bristle flats - artist style
1/8", 1/4" synthetic sable or bristle flats 1/8", 1/4" synthetic sable or bristle rounds
Titanium White, large tube
Cadmium Yellow - or equivalent Yellow Ochre - or Yellow Oxide Cadmium Orange - or equivalent Cadmium Red Medium - or equivalent Alizarin Crimson
Pthalo Green or Meridian
Tackle box for paints, brushes, etc.
Note: Students need to take their Painting and supplies with them. We can’t store them at the studio.
For info or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (270)366-9614.