For students who are interested in learning from the ground up how to explore the wide-ranging possibilities of oil paint. The course is tiered over three sessions: Beginner 1 (learning blending, achromatic value, grisaille and local color) Beginner 2 (expanding local color and intro to new painting technique) and Beginner 3 (introducing non-local color and hybrid technique).
Students will learn the foundations necessary to get started and and at the same time will be encouraged to develop their own natural approach. Please note: students interested in Beginner 2 and Beginner 3 MUST have solid knowledge of value, grisaille and local color.
Intermediate students will learn how to creatively mix and apply color to both representational and "gently" abstracted compositions. We will look at some rules of color theory and explore the flatness of the picture plane, but we will also explore various paint application techniques and attempt to personalize the way each student utilizes color. Looking at some of the Modern artistic movements such as the Fauves, Post Impressionists and the California Bay Area painters for inspiration, students will work with oil paints that they already have but will be encouraged to expand their palette by introducing a range of new hues. Please note: students interested in this course must have a clear understanding of value and local color.