Oil Painting

Through a series of alla prima (single session) painting sessions, create oil paintings that are structurally sound in color, composition and technique. Begin in the studio with still lifes. Spend some sessions working outdoors or from your own photog. Limit 10 students

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  • 2-3 small stretched canvas or canvas panels.  Recommended sizes are 6x8, 8x10, 9x12   Larger sized only if you are an experienced painter.  Also can use Arches oil paper if taped to a firm support.
  • The Masters brand Brush Cleaner & Preserver
  • Small tubes of artist grade oil paint in the following colors (Gamblin; Utrecht or Windsor Newton are all good brands): Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red, Ultramarine blue, Cerulean blue, Cadmium yellow, Cadmium lemon, Ivory black, Titanium white
  • Medium—to lubricate your paint—you only need a small amount.
  • Gamblin solvent free gel or refined linseed oil
  • Brushes—I recommend flats and can be hog hair or nylon in several sizes—2,6,8, 10  You don’t need to spend a lot on brushes and there are often sales at Dick Blick or AC Moore
  • Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits in a jar with a lid—to clean off the paint on your brushes.  Gamsol is the only brand to buy that is truly odorless so it is the only one to get. 
  • Palette paper—comes in a tablet—get gray if you can but white is OK too.  Some of the tablets fit in a palette box with a lid which is very handy for carrying your paint back and forth to class.
  • Roll of paper towels, small garbage bag, small sketch book, pencil or marker, view finder if you have one.  A clean pizza box to carry your wet paintings home in.
  • a metal palette knife for mixing paint

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 6 Mondays, 6:30–9:30pm 
1W: Jan 7–Feb 25 (no class Jan 21, Feb 18)
(snow day make-up Mar 4) 
Instructor: Paula Lazar
$275. CLOSED



Section 1: 6 Thursdays, 6:30–9:30pm 
1S: Apr 4–May 16 (no class Apr 18)
Instructor: Paula Lazar

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