Introduction to Oil Painting
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of painting, particularly making representational paintings of a variety of subjects from life. As abstraction is an alteration, exaggeration, or manipulation of what “is,” the course will begin instead with learning how to render reality before considering ways of abstracting it. Students will develop skills relating to all aspects of oil painting such as surface, materials, application, texture, concepts of color, content, and craftsmanship. The course will include how to build and stretch canvases, mix and apply color through a variety of techniques, and discuss the visual information in paintings during in-class critiques. We will discuss the dialogue surrounding painting and its formulas, and when it is appropriate to abandon those formulas. Emphasis will be on getting acquainted with the medium by experimenting and pushing paint around the canvas as a means to improve facility and comfort level. Students will make several short-session paintings throughout the semester, rather than focusing on one or two highly polished works. Books, slide lectures, and art historical information will be presented and discussed.
“Wonderful, dedicated instructor who goes out of her way to encourage each students’ strengths and is honest with areas for improvement. A truly gifted instructor.” –Autobiography in Painting student, 2013
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
Courtesy of the artist