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Oil Painting 1S22

Age Group: 
Teens, Adults

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 photographs, weather depending. 

Limit 10 students

Paula Lazar

Paula Lazar

Paula Lazar works in watercolor, oil paint, oil sticks and cold wax. A member of the Jamaica Plain Arts Association and the Newton Art Association, she has studied at the SMFA, Mass Art and at R & F Handmade Paints with Lisa Pressman. Her work has been shown in various open studio events, businesses and galleries in Greater Boston. She is the recipient of a Hans Hoffman Foundation Grant to study at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.

"I enjoy exploring the elegance and form in everyday objects and am particularly attracted to the natural world. My aim is to reveal the hidden beauty of the commonplace while focusing on the dimensions of color and light in oil and watercolor. More recently I have been exploring oil, cold wax, and pigment sticks on paper and boards. This has led to a new focus on landscapes and abstractions."

Materials to bring to class:

Bring to class:

  • 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