Oil Painting (tuition-free)

A structured course for the beginning student that introduces painting materials and basic techniques. The focus is on oil painting, but acrylics are permitted. Previous drawing experience strongly recommended.

Please note: this is a 9-session course. Fleisher will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

What you will learn:

  • Painting materials and tools

  • Alla prima painting technique

  • Basic color theory

  • Chiaroscuro

  • Glazing and scumbling

Required supplies:

  • Four canvases (16 x 20 inches suggested); do not use canvas board or canvas paper

  • Palette or pad of disposable palette sheets

  • Palette cup

  • Odorless paint thinner (quart or larger recommended)

  • Large and small jars with lids

  • Refined linseed oil or prepared oil painting medium

  • Metal painting or palette knife

  • Natural bristle brushes in a variety of sizes and shapes

  • Soft vine charcoal (thin stick – optional)

  • Spray fixative (optional)

  • Paper towels or soft, lint-free rags

  • Paints:

    • Titanium White (large tube)
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Cadmium Yellow (medium) or Permanent Yellow (medium)
    • Cadmium Red (medium)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • (French) Ultramarine Blue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Ivory Black