Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting with Eileen Eder

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Eileen Eder, Blue Bowl with Eggs, oil on canvas

This class will introduce beginning and intermediate students to the joys (and challenges) of oil painting. Starting with the basics of handling the material, students will learn concepts of good composition and design, basic color theory, how to see and mix correct values and colors, as well as methods for applying oil paint. Students will receive step-by-step guidance and individual feedback. By the end of the six-week session, students can expect to master the foundation skills needed to continue to more advanced courses and have completed an oil painting they will be proud of.

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Materials list:
Drawing Materials
• pencil and eraser
• drawing pad 11 x 14 or 18 x 24
• drawing board a bit larger than your paper size, which can be a piece of foam core or cardboard, plus 2 hardware store large ‘bull dog’ clips.

Basic oil paints colors:
• Titanium White or Titanium/Zinc mix. (large tube, 200 ml. )
• Basic colors in 37 ml tubes:  Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium and Ultramarine Blue (can also called French Ultramarine)
Note: More advanced students can change the red and yellow to Cadmium Lemon Yellow plus Cadmium yellow medium
Cadmium Red Light plus Alizarine Crimson Red

Brands for oil paints could be (less to more expensive) Utrecht, Gamblin, Windsor Newton, Charvin, M. Graham, Old Holland or Michael Harding. Winton is a cheap version that you don’t want. Stay away from cheap or “student grade” paint. If you already have paints that cover the primary colors don’t buy new paints.

Stretched canvas or panels:
Stretched cotton primed canvases, oil or acrylic primed linen canvas boards or Ampersand Gessoboard (no cheap cardboard canvas boards). 8 x 10”, 9 x 12”, 12 x 12” or 11 x 14” are suggestions or use whatever you already have.  You will need one or 2 canvases each week if you are doing homework. (Alternatively, you could also use one of the oil primed stretched canvases, which is more expensive or, for the least expensive, you can use gessoed paper).

Palette knives (2) -Flexible metal, triangular in shape; 1 small size 1/4” and 1 medium 1/2” long.

Bristle Brushes: flats, sizes. 4, 6, 8 and 10. My favorites are Silver Brush Bristlon series or Rosemary Ivory long flats

Drawing Stick -  thin knitting needle, or dowel, pencil etc.

Viewer or window – made from cardboard or construction paper (I’ll provide)

Palette for mixing:  plexiglass, wood, or large grey disposable. Many of us use an Artist’s Palette Seal box made by Masterson that you can place in your refrigerator or freezer saving your paint from week. A large grey disposable palette will fit or have a piece of plexiglass cut to fit.

Gamsol odorless solvent ONLY. 

Small container for solvent.

Brush washer - Metal brush washers are expensive, but really worth it. A less expensive alternative brush washer is a glass “silicoil brush cleaner tank” but do NOT buy the silicoil cleaner to put in it. We use Gamsol only.

Rags and a roll of paper towels (Viva best)

Plastic bag for garbage and clip for attaching to easel.

Something to take your painting home in, like a box or a small panel mounted with tape to a larger board works well.

Feel free to email Eileen with any questions, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


All materials and supplies are available for purchase at our campus Art Store. For more information about hours visit: http://www.lymeacademy.edu/index.php/about/art_store


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