SP19 Tuesday Intro to Oil Painting

Day/Time: 10 Tuesdays starting February 19, 8:00-10:30pm

Location: SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

Instructor: Nicole Tariverdian


SAA Oil Painting. Credit: Nicole Tariverdian.
SAA Oil Painting. Credit: Nicole Tariverdian.


“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint ”- Edward Hopper

Oil paint is widely used both in traditional and in contemporary fine art painting. During this class students will learn about oil paint and oil painting techniques. This class will introduce elements of color, form, and composition through the act of painting. Over the course of the semester students will become comfortable with creating strong compositions, underpainting, identifying strong color palettes, and the basics of color mixing.

Art supplies can be purchased online or at Artist & Craftsman or Blick Art, both in Central Square.

Materials For First Class:

  • A canvas that is stretched onto stretcher bars  and primed like this one.  You can select any shape / size which inspires you. No smaller than 14” x 14” please!
  • 5 reference photographs printed in color on 8.5 x 11 paper (one per sheet)
  • #2 pencil  

Additional Materials: We will review additional materials listed below during the first class.  Feel free to start to gather them if you feel comfortable doing so.  If you are taking the class with one or more friends, you can share paints, or you can pair up with someone on the first day.

  • Small glass jar with lid
  • Brushes (a few different shapes and sizes, this is personal preference)
  • Paint: with these colors you will be able to mix just about anything! Alizarine Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine, Titanium White (large tube), Magenta.
  • Palette box and  palette
  • Palette knife


  •  February 19, 2019 - May 11, 2019
     8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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