Online: Back to Basics: First Time, Tuning-Up, or Returning to Painting

This workshop is designed for people who want to paint, but feel like they’ve never been invited to the party. It’s also for people who’ve had experience painting, but feel like they could use a refresher in the basics. Focusing on fundamentals of composition and content, materials and technique, and on color theory and color mixing, the workshop will present a range of contemporary painter’s work, offer in some demonstrations, provide resources, and support participants in making a series of small paintings. It will focus on using oil and acrylic paint.

Materials: This workshop requires only basic materials: a kit of twelve basic oil or acrylic colors, 5-10 small canvases or panels (8 x 10 inch or 12 x 12 inch are good), or instead of panels/canvas a pad of 11 x 14 Arches Oil Painting Paper will work. These are suggestions, and you’re welcome to work larger, with more of a range of paint colors, etc.

This workshop will use Zoom for two six-hour Saturday sessions. The first Saturday is focused on learning from several artists working in dialogue with the workshop’s theme. Using prompts drawn from these artists’ work, we’ll engage their thinking in our picture making. During the week, participants will be encouraged to continue working on their own (as time allows) and everyone will schedule an individual consultation with the instructor. The following Saturday is focused on more consideration of artists relevant to the workshop, continued studio work, and a final group review.

Workshop participants don’t need to have a studio, but should have a workspace (inside or outside) that has internet access or data access for an on-going Zoom call (computer or phone). The course is open to artists of all levels, who are interested in oil painting, acrylic painting, or multimedia approaches. Ideally you should have some familiarity with the materials with which you choose to work as material demonstrations are somewhat ineffective over Zoom.