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 an eight session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 17 and February 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

What you will learn:

  • Painting materials and tools

  • Alla prima painting technique

  • Basic color theory

  • Chiaroscuro

  • Glazing and scumbling

Required supplies:

  • Four canvases (16×20 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)v
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Ultramarine blue (French)
    • Cerulean blue
    • Ivory black