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Just Getting Started: Oil and Acrylic Painting (Winter)

By April 10, 2020July 27th, 2023No Comments

Thursday, 1:30 – 4:00pm, January 11 – March 14, 2024

9-Week Art Clinic with J. Jordan Bruns

About Just Getting Started: Oil and Acrylic Painting

Just Getting Started Art Clinic: Oil and Acrylic Painting will guide you through the basics of translating your visual world to the canvas while learning the fundamentals of painting.  Our class sizes are small to ensure you have all the assistance you need while learning composition, paint application, and color theory. Students will gain knowledge from working from the figure, still life and landscape. 

This is a no experience to intermediate level Art Clinic. “Just Getting Started: Learning to See” is suggested as a prerequisite class. “Materials Pass” (info below) is suggested for first time painters.

Schedule of Classes

Class 1) January 11- Demonstration Day: Bring note taking materials only

How to begin, palette setup, composition, and more

Class 2) January 18 – Still Life

importance of drawing and the “grisaille” painting

Class 3) January 25– Lecture: Color- Still Life cont.

limited pallet moving to full pallet

Class 4) February 1 – wrap up Still Life painting

color full pallet

Class 5) February 8  Lecture: Working from Photographs, pros and cons

Landscape Painting from photo- make sure that your photograph is your own.  Ideally, you have a connection with the location.

No Class Date February 15

Class 6) February 22– Landscape Painting

from photo cont.

Class 7) February 29– Lecture: Simple Proportions

Begin figure painting, lay out the foundations in grisaille

Class 8) March 7– Lecture: Flesh Tones-

Finish up painting in full or limited palette

Class 9) March 14 Finish Paintings Day – Critique

Click HERE to enroll
Just Getting Started, Pigment, Glen Echo Park, Classes, Painting

Materials Pass” is an optional fee that rents out all the materials you would need for your Art Clinic class.  For this session of “Just Getting Started Art Clinic”, the materials pass $40 for painting.    Please note that with Material Pass, you keep your artwork but are leasing the drawing/painting tools (like brushes and palette).  If you select to pay the Materials Pass, please email Jordan Bruns, to let him know ASAP.  You can always email with any questions.

For Acrylic Painting Supply List- please email

Suggested Supply List for Oil Painting


Oil painters- I recommend a big wood pallet or “grey matters” disposable palette paper 


*3 canvas boards/panels/canvases 18×24” -ish

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

Filberts- size 4, size 8, size 12, Rounds- size 6, size 10, Flat- size 12

I like “Robert Simmons Signet Natural Bristle” brushes and “Jack Richardson Grey Matters” brushes, you can use any brand you like as long as they are “oil or acrylic” brushes and have a long handle.  Get a variety of sizes but aim on the bigger size rather than smaller if you are just starting out.


 “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 “solvent free gel” by Gamblin


Liquitex brand palette knife, small knife #14

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

Stick of Vine/willow 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” with “Gamblin” and “Holbein” to fill in any gaps.  “Quinacridone Magenta” isn’t available in M. Graham but is available in both Gamblin and Holbein.  You do not have to be brand loyal, and many artists mix and match brands.  

Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange (optional), Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Magenta, (Permanent) Alizarin Crimson (optional), Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian Green, Sap Green (optional), Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Siena, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black, Titanium White (Big tube)

Suggested Material List for Acrylic Painters


Acrylic painters- I recommend Gray “disposable” pallet paper though there are lots of options


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

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

Rounds- Size 4, size 6, Filberts– Size 8, size 10, Flat– Size 12

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


Any soap that is not too harsh, Murphy’s Oil Soap is great

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

Slow Dry Blending Medium


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 (optional), Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Alizarin Crimson (optional), French Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue, Viridian Green, Sap Green (optional), Yellow Ochre, Burnt Siena, Burnt Umber, Titanium White (Big tube)