SU22 Friday Introduction to Oil Painting

Day/Time: 8 Fridays starting June 24, 4:00-6:30pm

There is no class July 1.

Location: SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

Instructor: Timothy Lee

Easels with in-progress oil paintings in an art studio.
SAA Oil Painting. Credit: Nicole Tariverdian.
Easels with in-progress oil paintings in an art studio.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals and processes of oil painting. Through a series of exercises and individually-led projects of interest, students will address the conceptual problems that will allow them to develop an understanding of the power of images in conveying ideas and modes of expression. Students will be exposed to the principles of color theory, mark-making, and textural applications that will provide them with the tools to navigate their own methods of exploration and investigation of the medium.


  • Walnut Oil
  • Silicoil Brush Cleaning Jar
  • Brushes (choose a selection of different sizes and tips)
  • Palette knife
  • Palette box with palette
  • Rag cloths (old/throwaway cotton shirts are great for this purpose)
  • 2H pencil
  • Paints: Titanium White, Ivory Black, Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Pthalo Green (or alternatively Hooker’s Green), Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Prussian Blue
  • Support: 2 canvases sized approximately 14 x 16 (as the class progresses students will purchase more canvases at special sizes suited to fit their project)

Materials can be purchased at Artist & Craftsman Supply and Blick Art, both in Central Square.

  •  June 24, 2022 - August 20, 2022
     4:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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