Painting Intuitively

We will approach painting intuitively much like a Jazz musician rifts not knowing exactly how their song will evolve and end. This class will give painters a push to let go of control and use accidents to their benefit. We will experiment working from life, memory and imagination. The process of painting becomes just as important as the final outcome. The more tools the artist has in their tool box the more intuitive the painting can become. We will do technical exercises on using color, composition and paint application and then apply these methods from a more personal and emotional place.

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 Thursday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Thursday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • An understanding of the appropriate use of acrylic paint

  • Brush and palette knife techniques

  • A variety of mixed media approaches

  • Color theory and color mixing

  • An overview of historical and contemporary abstraction in painting

Required supplies:

  • Students may work in drawing media or watercolor, Oils or Acrylics

  • Sketch book and pencil

  • Disposable paper pallet

  • Pallet knife

  • Small jar for water or Gamsol

  • Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor:

    • Ultramarine blue
    • Cobalt teal
    • Ivory Black
    • Indian Yellow
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Naphthol red light or Naphthol scarlet
    • Quinacridone magenta
    • Burnt Siena or transparent red oxide
    • Titanium White
  • A variety of brushes, round, flat, and filbert

  • Rags or paper towels

  • Painting medium

  • Neomeglip for oil

  • Flat rubber potters wedge

  • Yupo, canvas paper, gessoed board, primed watercolor paper, watercolor paper