Summer Class – Portrait Painting in Oils
July 7 – August 25, 2010
This Summer I will be offering an 8-week portrait painting class through The Art School in Vestal, NY. Attendees will learn traditional oil painting techniques while working from a live model.
By alternating demonstration and instruction, I will guide students through every step of my painting process: sepia underpainting – color block in – rendering – finishing touches. By the end of the class, students will have watched me craft a fully-realized portrait painting and also completed one themselves. Advanced students are also welcome to paint along on days when I’m demonstrating. Adults and teens of all levels of experience are welcome.
Although our focus will be on portraiture, the techniques and principles offered can also be applied to any type of oil painting – landscape, still-life, genre scene, etc. During the course of the class, we will discuss:
- Materials (paints, brushes, palette, etc.)
- Creating a composition
- Arranging lighting
- Uses for photography in painting
- Strategies for painting outdoors
Wednesday evenings, 6 – 9pm
July 7th–August 25th
801 Main Street · Vestal, NY · 13850
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Registration & Fee:
- One White Canvas between 12”x16” and 16”x20” in size
- Easel (any compact easel is fine, but no tabletops)
- Brushes and a Palette Knife
- A couple of small cotton rags (I cut up old t-shirts)
- Paper towels
- Refined or Cold-pressed Linseed Oil (any brand is fine – I use Gamblin cold-pressed)
- Mineral spirits (If you like … I personally don’t use them)
- Raw Umber paint (any brand is fine – I use Gamblin’s raw umber)
*Raw umber is necessary for the underpainting stage. I will discuss my color palette on the first day of class, and students will have a couple weeks to purchase any necessary colors. Students who already have their own colors are welcome to use them.
Please contact me if you cannot bring an easel or have any questions about the supplies list.