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Oil Painting 1W20

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 & Tools:

Bring to class:

  • 6-8 small stretched canvas or gessoed boards; recommended sizes are 6x8, 8x10, 9x12.  Larger sized only if you are an experienced painter. Alternatively, Arches Oil Paper can be used if taped to a firm support.
  • Small tubes of Artist Grade oil paint (please don't purchase student grade--you will be disappointed) in the following colors: Cadmium yellow; Transparent Earth Yellow; Cadmium Scarlet; Transparent Oxide Red; Alizirin Crimson; Ultramarine Blue; Pthalo Green or Viridian; Titanium White.  Gamblin and Utrecht are good brands.
  • Brushes--I recommend a flat and a filbert, size 4 and 6.  You don't need to spend a lot on brushes--check sales at AC Moore or Blick Masterstroke.
  • A metal palette knife for mixing paint.
  • Small bottle of Liquin to use as a medium to lubricate your paint and speed up the drying time.
  • Small bottle of Gamblin Odorless Mineral Spirits and a glass jar with a lid--as you can re-use OMS each week to keep your brushes clean.
  • Palette paper or freezer paper (and tape) for mixing your colors on.
  • Roll of paper towels, small sketch book, pencil or marker, view finder if you have one, and a clean pizza box to transport your wet paintings.