Painting as Storytelling

In this class, students will explore the possibilities of painting by experimenting with various materials and subjects of choice. The class aims to give students the opportunity to explore a wide range of painting materials including but not limited to elongated formats (such as scrolls), wood panels, mylar, paper, and so forth. Each offers a unique range of painting gestures, historical significance, and display options. The material will bolster the storytelling component of the course. Students will learn to develop their personal languages through the act of painting and in response to the material. The class will culminate in a final project that allows students to convey their ideas in their chosen format(s).

This class is open to students of all levels. Classes will start with a short presentation of a specific painting format. Students will use the rest of the time for their own projects. Instructor feedback will be provided for each class. There will be a critique in the last session.

This class is open to any medium, though there will be a focus on oil and acrylic painting. The instructor will assist with the technical and conceptual aspects of painting.

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.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • How to use oil paint

  • How to turn daily observations and memories into subjects for painting

  • How to experiment with different painting formats

  • An overview of painting formats across cultures

  • How to cultivate your visual language

Required supplies:

  • A sketchbook

  • A pencil

  • Black marker

  • A basic oil paint set that contains:

    • Titanium white
    • Cadmium yellow light
    • Cadmium red
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Burnt/raw sienna
    • Umber
  • A paint palette

  • Oil/acrylic brushes

  • Linseed oil or Liquin

  • One metal palette knife (2 to 3 inches)

  • An elongated format (a gessoed roll of paper, unstretched canvas, panel…)

  • One pre-stretched canvas (at least 9×12 inches, preferably 16×20 or 18×24 inches)

  • One wood panel (at least 8×10 inches)

  • One piece of mylar paper