SP20 Tuesday Intro to Oil Painting

Day/Time: 10 Tuesdays starting February 18, 8:00-10:30pm

Location: SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

Instructor: Nicole Tariverdian

SAA Oil Painting. Image: Nicole Tariverdian.
SAA Oil Painting. Image: 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. 

Please bring these to  the first day of class:

A canvas (larger than 14” x 14”),  5 reference photographs printed in color on 8.5 x 11 paper (one per sheet),  and a #2 pencil. The canvas should be stretched onto stretcher bars and primed like this one: http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-premier-cotton-canvas/

Note: We will go over the other materials (listed below) in the first class together! If you are taking class with a friend, or a few friends, you can share your paints. You can also pair-up with someone the first day, if you like.  

  • Walnut oil (NO TURPENTINE OR SOLVENTS)
  • Glass container with lid for oil (small glass jar or something of this nature)
  • Brushes (a few different shapes and sizes, this is personal preference) 
  • Palette box with palette and knife
  • Paint: with these colors you will be able to mix just about anything! Alizarine Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine, Titanium White (large tube), Magenta. 
  • February 18, 2020 - May 9, 2020
    8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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