Beginning Traditional Oil Painting with Chris Witkowski, November 7-December 19

Beginning Traditional Oil Painting with Chris Witkowski, November 7-December 19



Note: No class on November 21

(Competent drawing skills and a basic understanding of color theory are required for this class.)

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

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 or a Sargent. 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.

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

A 14X18 toned canvas will be provided for each student so you can start working right away. I will also provide a non-toxic method for cleaning your brushes.

Materials List

  • Charcoal for sketching

  • Paints: Bring any oil paints you have whatever the color or brand. Quimper Mecantile 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

    • Prussian Blue

    • Raw Umber

    • Ivory

    • Black

  • Medium: M. Graham Walnut Alkyd medium (fast drying and non-toxic)

  • Brushes: Oil painting brushes are lang 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 for this class buy filberts which cover the bases pretty 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.

  • A glass or wooden palette

  • Palette knife for mixing paint

  • Palette cup

  • Rags and paper towels

  • Rubber gloves

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

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