Empowering the Painter

Find your voice and your vision in a creative environment devoted to learning, discussion, and painting. This class is focused on helping the painter in you achieve the visual potential of your canvases. You will have a chance to improve your technique and expressive style in a supportive atmosphere, with personal attention from instructor and group critiques. The class uses a mix of still life and individual projects that span the range from realism to abstract expressionism. Students are also welcome to work on paintings that have a longer developmental path. Painting inspired by drawing, and past studies, is also encouraged.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Helping your painting show to its fullest potential

  • Improvement in awareness of formal qualities and how to handle them

  • Appreciating one’s own discoveries in painting — that gift you express through the gesture and spirit of your personal style

  • Learning from past art, as well as contemporary artists

Required supplies:

For the student looking for a low-cost, and easy set of paints, John suggests any one of the following systems of painting:

Supplies for acrylic painters:

  • A container for water

  • Disposable palette*

  • A palette knife*

  • A roll of paper towels

  • Either canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper*

  • Brushes: #10 or #12 flat bristle, #8 flat bristle, #4 round bristle, and a #2 or #4 nylon bristle round*

  • Suggested color palette: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Chinese white, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian. (Any basic set of watercolors is also fine, instead of these, to get started. )*

Supplies for oil painters:

  • A metal palette cup (double)*

  • Turpenoid*

  • Linseed oil*

  • Either canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper*

  • Disposable palette*

  • A palette knife*

  • A roll of paper towels

  • Brushes: #10 or #12 flat bristle, #8 flat bristle, #4 round bristle, and a #2 or #4 nylon bristle round*

  • Suggested color palette: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, French Ultramarine, Ivory Black, Permanent Green Light, Titanium White, Viridian Hue, Yellow Ochre*

Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.

It is possible to buy stronger versions of some of the colors listed above at local art supply stores, or online. The advantages of “Hues” are low cost, safety, and the ready unity of colors mixed from them. The instructor will recommend an upgrade if it necessary for what you are trying to do. If you have already been using paints and have a kit with which you are familiar, please work from that.