BASICS OF OIL PAINTING
This fun and informative one-day workshop will cover the basic principles of oil painting and get you painting simple and easy to understand objects in a short time. The idea of this workshop is to get you comfortable with the process of painting while teaching you how to paint dynamic and exciting paintings. The class includes interesting and memorable discussions on all the basic elements of painting including, composition, massing, building form, light and shadow – and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, and whether a person who has never ever picked up a brush, a relatively new painter or a more accomplished painter looking for some strong points to review, it will make sense.
After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students organized and preparing to paint. Students will learn how to set up their palette with the basic colors and understand why this is helpful. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails and do a subsequent demonstration painting of an egg, an apple and a wave in the afternoon. Douglas’ demo will be slow and you can follow along as he guides you step by step. There is nothing to be afraid of or self conscious of and Douglas will get you through all the tricky parts and you will have fun.
Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy all the demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.
Class supply list:
Or you can bring these supplies...
Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class & Terms. 2nd hour: Review Supplies and how to set up and get organized to paint, setting up the palette, and how to get started. Lunch: Brown bag or run to market close by to pick up a sandwich. Entire Afternoon: Paint in studio.
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