Elements of Still Life: Painting in oils


Elements of Still Life: Painting in oils


Beginning February 4 - March 10, 2020

Tuesday mornings 9am - 12 noon

ELEMENTS OF STILL LIFE: Painting in Oils is perfect for beginners

This class will be focused on the fundamentals of painting

  • learning to recognize values

  • understanding light and form

  • color theory

  • direct and indirect painting

  • grisaille under-painting

  • using a limited palette

  • Study of old master painting techniques

  • Studio Safety

  • Cleaning brushes for longivity

  • Most Importantly: Getting the most enjoyment from painting

We will meet every Tuesday morning together for 6 weeks. I am offering this class in 6 week blocks through the year with more dates TBA.

Materials List for Beginner Class;

Pen/pencil for taking notes & any kind of folder to store your handouts I will give you.

Drawing Paper: Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper Pad 14 x 17 inches

Tracing paper, 9 x 12 or 12 x 14 inches, a few sheets or small pad

Graphite drawing pencils - Staedtler LUMOGRAPH brand (blue wood)

- 2H, H, HB, 2B 2x of each recommended

Kneaded rubber eraser

Small utility knife: X-Acto retractable snap-off style

150/250 grit sandpaper or similar, in a sandwich-size ziplock baggie OR a sandpaper pencil-sharpener stick, found near the pencils in the art supply store

Black masking tape found in art supply store

Brushes: Isabey or Robert Simmons are good synthetic brushes for the price.

You can bring what you have already but will need softer than bristle/hog brushes; I recommend to begin with

Filberts, 2 each of sizes #10, #4, and #1

Rounds, 2 each of sizes #4, #1

(This means two identical brushes of each size)

Palette: Wooden oval style with a thumb hole is good. Medium size don’t get too small and please don’t get white for this class

(If it's brand new, please spread several thick coats of linseed oil for several days before using, or it will absorb all your oil paint.)

Palette Knife:

Small /Medium stepped and flexible metal blade- type with "Made in Italy" stamped on handle is the best. Don’t get a long blade or a sharp wide diamond shape they are difficult to mix with.

Painting Panels: Ampersand Museum Quality Gesso Board is recommended (not smooth these have a slight tooth)

- 3x Flat 1/8" Panels 5” x 7”

- Centurion OP DLX brand pad of 10 sheets 6” x 8”

- or cut loose linen pieces pre-primed fine texture

Oil Paint:

It's worth it to invest in higher quality paints. Please don’t buy student grade for this class.

Recommended brands:. *Rublev by Natural Pigments is my preferred brand but I also use, Gamblin, Old Holland and Michael Harding, Windsor&Newton

* if you already own tubes of oil paint, please bring what you have along too.

Limited Palette to begin:

• Lead White

• Alizarin Crimson Permanent

• Yellow Ochre Light or Yellow Ochre lemon

• Ultramarine Blue

* Burnt Umber

* Raw Umber

Oils and Solvents

• Refined Linseed Oil - (read label carefully, there are many kinds of Linseed oil)

+ small jars for storing small amounts at the easel

• Stand Oil - small bottle

Gamsol OMS (Oderless mineral spirits by Gamblin)

Brush wash Tin for Gamsol or A jar with tight fitting lid. Bring any small jars you have in your recycle like herb jars or hotel jam jars.

Cake of Ivory Soap – for washing brushes or buy good brush soap from art supply

I use as little solvent as possible, you will learn how to clean your brushes and keep solvent use to a minimum along with safe studio practices.


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