This class will explore painting with oils or acrylics for beginning to intermediate painters. Students can choose to “Paint along” with whatever Jill is painting for more indepth instruction, or to work from their own photos. The instructor will demonstrate a few minutes at a time her method of painting a landscape or still life from the thumbnail sketch, to the sketch on the canvas, the block in with washes, the mixing of color, and laying it onto the canvas. After each step is demonstrated, the class will complete this step before the instructor moves on. Jill paints landscapes, still lifes, and portraits, and will teach the basics of each.
Paint- acrylics, oils, or water mixable oils. I use Cobra or Windsor & Newton Artisan water mixable oils, because they paint like oils but you don’t have to use solvents. You can use oils, water mixable oils, acrylics, or Open Acrylics. I don’t recommend kits with lots of colors in small tubes, but if you already have one, also get a larger tube of white. My palette consists of: Cadmium yellow hue, Yellow Ochre, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Orange hue, Cadmium Red hue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Ivory Black, Titanium White. I mix greens and purples.
Canvases- small canvases ( 9”x 12”, 11”x 14”, or 12”x 16”’s) You will need one for every class or two. Beginners may want to start with 9”x 12” and move up when you feel comfortable. Brushes- I like to have about 6 brushes that are ¾” wide (size 10 in some brands), and 6 that are ½” wide plus a few other smaller and larger brushes. Bristle brushes are better for oil painters that are more impressionistic, synthetic brushes are better for acrylics, and oil painters looking for more realism. I also like to have some filberts and some flats.
Palette- You need a palette 12”x 16” or larger to have room to mix enough paint and keep it organized. I prefer glass, but disposable is ok too. If I’m painting with acrylics, I use the Masterson palette box with the sponge on the bottom to keep them from drying out while painting.
Sketch pad and pencil, Vinyl or plastic gloves from any drug store, a T-square for straight lines, such as the horizon. Wet paint carrier, pizza box, or a plastic bin to transport your wet paintings back home. Plastic bags for your wet brushes to transport home. Paper towels. Container for water or Gamsol, if you use oils (No mineral spirits, please, as the odor is too strong for classroom use) Palette knife- I prefer a thin, metal, flexible blade that comes to a point.