Beginning Traditional Oil Painting with Chris Witkowski, February 12-March 12

Beginning Traditional Oil Painting with Chris Witkowski, February 12-March 12



With decades of experience in a traditional approach to working in oils, Chris Witkowski will lead you through this course towards the completion of a successful oil painting you'll be proud to hang on your wall.

Using a still life as subject matter and starting with a toned canvas, you will design and sketch a strong composition in charcoal, then rough out it's basic shapes in oil paint. The remaining sessions will be used to refine your painting. Working from dark to light and with underlying layers, developing the composition and it's forms with brushwork and learning glazing techniques at the end will magically pull the best out of your work.

Traditional does not imply tightly rendered. A traditional oil painting can be photographically realistic as in a Dutch Master still life or employing layered and evident brushwork as in a Rembrandt. This technique allows you to thoughtfully take the time needed to get your painting to a satisfying conclusion and still look loosely done if that is your preference.

Competent drawing skills and basic understanding of color theory are required for this class. Need to brush up? Kim Kopp is offering a Color Theory workshop this November: CLICK HERE to register.

A $25 materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class for a 14 x 18" toned canvas, so you can start working right away, and instructor will provide a non-toxic method for cleaning your brushes.
Students should bring:

  • an easel
  • Charcoal for sketching
  • Oil Paints: Bring any oil paints you have, whatever color or brand. Quimper Mercantile has M. Graham Oil Painting products which are very good and well-priced. The following list are required colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow medium, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red light (preferred) or Napthol red, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Ivory Black
  • Medium: M. Graham Walnut Alkyd medium (fast drying and non-toxic)
  • Brushes: Oil painting brushes are long handled and come in styles called filberts, brights, flats, and rounds. Bring whatever oil painting brushes you have, but if you need to get new brushes buy filberts with cover the bases well for creating varied brushstrokes. Get a mix of natural hog bristle brushes and synthetic bristle brushes to experience the differences. Sizes 2, 4, 6, 8. At least one of each.
  • Palette: Glass or wood
  • Palette knife for mixing
  • Palette cup
  • Rags
  • Rubber gloves
  • protective/rubber gloves and wear clothes you don't care about or bring an apron.

NOTE: Olympic Art & Office and Quimper Mercantile offer 10% discount for PTSA students.

REMEMBER MEMBERS: You get ten percent off this class! Use your discount code at checkout. To join, CLICK HERE.

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