Introduction to Oil Painting

By Editorial Team on January 12, 2010


Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE
202 547-6839
Teaching Artist, Ellen Cornett
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm
8 weeks: February 8 – April 5 (no class 2/15)
$272 + $15 Materials Fee

In this class students learn the fundamentals of working with oil paints including some basic drawing and composition as well as color theory. They will learn how to handle the materials safely and gain some familiarity with the different methods and techniques involved in oil painting. The instruction will stress observation as the main tool in the painting. We will complete one small painting of a single item—an apple or a lemon and two larger paintings. Students are encouraged to interact with each other, to see what others are doing and learn from their work and to enhance the student art vocabulary. There is strong emphasis on building a community in the classroom that allows students to comfortably take risks with their work. Students may be invited to meet for informal “field trips” to exhibits and other art-related events. Materials will be supplied. Students should bring a roll of paper towels and wear old clothes. There is no age limit though the teaching methods are designed for the adult student. Drawing experience helpful but not required.