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.