Introduction and intermediate oil painting : Still life painting

Skill level: Intro/intermediate

Oil painting is a combination of the principles of drawing and the added challenges of color and the properties oil paint.

In this workshop, we will be breaking down the various elements that one must consider when making an oil painting.

These would include:

The fundamentals of achieving linear drawing accuracy.

Understanding, identifying, and organizing values to create a light effect and the illusion of space and form

Understanding how color mixing works and how to confidently arrive at a desired color value.

How to organize and utilize a painter’s pallet and paint mixtures effectively

Identifying and organizing temperature within a painting and on your pallet

The steps within the process of making a painting, and how to move from one step to the next. From the drawing, to the block-in, and finally the finishing details.

An understanding of composition and how artists visually guide the viewers eye to a focal point.

We will first be working on a short series of small projects and exercises designed to explore linear drawing, values, color mixing and value organization. We will then direct our attention to creating a still life composition and a more in-depth painting project. This still life project will bring together all of the elements we have discussed throughout the workshop. Each student will have the opportunity to create their own unique still life composition and set up to paint from.

Students will learn various tools and techniques for taking accurate measurements and creating an accurately proportioned image while working from life.

We will cover a systematic approach to understanding and blocking in values. This approach gives student an efficient way to observe and create an accurate light effect and sense of form, one of the most important aspects of any drawing or painting. 

This class will cover color mixing. We will discuss primary and secondary colors and how to use a color wheel to understand how to steer a mixture to a desired color we see in nature. The concept of a color-value will also be covered.

We will be discussing several useful approaches for organizing and using our painter’s pallet more efficiently. It is said that 90% of the work for a painting should be done on the pallet, and only the last 10% of the work is moving the paint from the pallet and placing it on the canvas.

We will discuss identifying and organizing warms and cools as related to color in nature and how to separate them on our pallet and in our paintings. This helps create a more organic and realistic look to one’s artwork.

Within each of the projects we work on, we will be discussing the process of how to work through a painting. Starting with drawing proportions, then blocking in and covering the canvas, and finally how to refine a block-in to create a finished painting through the use of paint passages.

We will also touch on element of what makes a good composition, how to visually balance an image, and how to control the viewers gaze to create a focal point within our work.

Students will benefit from live demos, handouts and one-on-one daily critiques. This workshop is open to students of all skill levels and backgrounds. The complexity of the projects can be modulated to each student’s skill level. Both first time painters and experienced artists will be challenged at their own level and grow in this workshop.

I hope that you can join us for this expansive painting workshop.



10, 3-hour classes

May 25th - July-27th

Saturdays 5:00- 8:00 PM

This Workshop is $350

Art classes are more fun when shared with a friend. Bring a friend who has not taken one of our courses before and you will both receive a %10 discount off of the listed workshop price. 

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I appreciated the carefully planed lessons, the individual attention and tutoring, and the expertise of the instructor.
I would recommend this class to anyone serious about painting.
— Roben Marvit, drawing and painting student
I will be encouraging the artists I know to come learn from you.
— Wendy Roberts, painting student

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