Fundamentals of Painting: Beginner to Intermediate

The goal of this class is to provide a strong foundation for oil and acrylic painters by providing students with a working understanding of composition, paint application, and color theory. Students will gain knowledge from working from the figure, still life and landscape.

This class is for oil or acrylic painters.  There are separate suggested supply lists for each below.  If you are unsure which to choose between, I recommend beginning with oil paint.  There is a $10 model fee paid in class.

Fall Class Start Date:  September 23, End Date: November 18

Winter Class Start Date:  January 13, End Date:  March 10

Days: Thursdays,  Time: 1:00 – 3:30pm

Age Range: 16 and up

Price: $295, 9 sessions

Class Size: Max People 12

 

Schedule of Classes:

Class 1 September 23 – Demonstration Day: Bring note taking materials only

1) Go over materials 2) Composition basics

3) Painting, beginning to end 4) “Ala Prima” vs “Local Color”

Class 2) September 30 – Still Life, importance of drawing and the “grisaille” painting

Class 3 October 7– Lecture: Color- Still Life, limited pallet moving to full pallet

Class 4) October 14 – Still Life, color full pallet

Class 5) October 21 – Lecture: Using Photographs- Landscape Painting from photo

Class 6) October 28 – Landscape Painting, from photo

Class 7) November 4- Lecture: Simple Proportions- Clothed Model ($5 model fee)

Class 8 November 11 – Lecture: Flesh Tones- Clothed Model ($5 model fee)

Class 9) November 18 – Finish Paintings Day – Bring in any of the paintings that were not finished in class to work from using landscape location or photo references

 

*Please note that there is a $5 per day fee when we are working from the model.

 

Where can I get supplies? 

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing

7825 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814

301-718-8500 (P)

301-718-8590 (F)

 

BASIC Material List for Oil Paint

Pallet

Oil painters- I recommend a big wood pallet

 

Surface

*3 canvas boards/panels/canvases 18×24” or bigger

 

Brushes- (suggested)- *Natural Hair Brushes or Synthetic Brushes 

I like “Robert Simmons Signet Natural Bristle” brushes and “Winsor Newton Monarch Synthetic” brushes, you can use any brand you like as long as they are “oil or acrylic” brushes and have a long handle

Filberts- Size 4, size 8, size 12

Rounds- Size 6, size 10

 

Cleaners

 “Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver” soap disk

“Gamsol” mineral spirits

Brush cleaning tank – to put Gamsol in, OR you can make this with an old salsa jar and chicken wire

Mediums (what you add to increase the paint “flow”) !!! optional for oil!!!

Walnut oil (made by M.Graham)  or “Liquin” by Winsor and Newton (small jar)  

 

Other

Metal Pallet knife/painting knife (Liquitex brand, #12, #13 or #14)

Medium cup (Or small baby food jar to hold medium)

Stick of Vine Charcoal

Something to carry everything, (art box, French easel, portfolio, back back, etc)

Paper Towel

 

Suggested Paint (small tubes, 37-40ml)

For Oil Paint, my favorite brand is “M. Graham Paint” (found at the Rockville store only) or cheaper “Rembrandt” (lousy caps to the paint though), I also suggest “Gamblin” for a “well-balanced paint for the price” and “Holbein” (bit more expensive, but consistent)

 

Cadmium Yellow Pale/Light (Hue)*

Naples Yellow

Cadmium Orange (Hue)*

Cadmium Red (Hue)*

(Permanent) Alizarin Crimson

French Ultramarine

Cerulean Blue (Hue)*

Viridian (Hue)*

Sap Green

Yellow Ochre

Burnt Siena

Burnt Umber

Titanium White (Big tube)

 

Recommended Reading

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Color and Light, A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

 

BASIC Material List for Acrylic Paint

Pallet

Acrylic painters- I recommend the “Masterson” pallet with a the sponge on the bottom

OR

Gray “disposable” pallet paper

 

Surface

*5 canvas boards/panels/canvases 18×24” or bigger

Brushes- (suggested)- *Natural Hair Brushes or Synthetic Brushes

I use “Robert Simmons Signet Natural Bristle” brushes and “Winsor Newton Monarch Synthetic” brushes, you can use any you like as long as they are oil or acrylic brushes and have a long handle

Filberts- Size 4, size 8, size 12

Rounds- Size 6, size 10

 

Cleaners

Any soap that is not too harsh

 

Mediums (what you add to increase the paint “flow”)

Slow Dry Blending Medium

 

Other

Metal Pallet knife/painting knife (Liquitex brand, #12, #13 or #14)

Medium cup (Or small baby food jar to hold medium)

Stick of Vine Charcoal

Something to carry everything, (art box, French easel, portfolio, back back, etc)

Paper towel

 

Suggested Paint (small tubes, 37-40ml)

For Acrylic either “Liquitex” or “Golden” brands

 

Cadmium Yellow Pale/Light

Naples Yellow

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

French Ultramarine

Cerulean Blue

Viridian

Sap Green

Yellow Ochre

Burnt Siena

Burnt Umber

Titanium White (Big tube)

 

 

 

Recommended Reading

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Color and Light, A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney