Painting Out Your Window

Summer in the city, you’re at home, you look outside your window — and paint! The familiar appearance of your city, be it a view of your neighborhood, of the urban skyline, or onto your garden, can offer some exciting opportunities for painters. And as every day is different, we can paint such a motif in all its moods, and all of ours. Don’t underestimate the depth of knowledge you have of the world at home. And remember, just as writers are advised to write what they know, painters can also benefit by painting what they know. It might surprise us, what we come up with, and how we express the feelings of our home in the world. Your instructor will be with you in virtual space, painting his own home view to demonstrate options you can consider for your painting. The first hour of the class will be spent on demonstrations by the instructor and the second hour students will have a chance to work independently and share their work in progress with the instructor and the class.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • To treat the “home in the world” as a theme in painting

  • To learn how rich familiar spaces are for inspiration

  • To explore the discoveries inherent in a series

  • To explore the natural or urban landscape in painting

Required supplies:

  • Students are welcome to paint with oil, acrylics, watercolor, or oil pastels.

  • For oil painters: oil paints (a basic kit, or paints you’ve acquired over time), canvas or canvas paper, medium (odorless turpenoid, and refined linseed oil), brushes (a 1 inch flat brush, and some smaller rounds and a smaller flat), medium cups, paper towels

  • For acrylic painters: acrylic paints, canvas or paper, water, brushes (as above), plastic water cup (large), paper towels

  • For watercolor painters: watercolor kit, watercolor paper, pencil, brushes (one large synthetic wc flat, and a wc point brush), plastic water cup (large), paper towels

  • For oil pastels: oil pastel, sketch pad