ABOUT THIS CLASS
A focused, yet relaxed class targeting students who don’t have all week to paint, yet want to develop strong basic painting skills quickly. A weekly syllabus keeps students informed of each week’s course content.
Karen O’Neil stresses organization – keeping materials clean and consolidated. Developing good work habits is mandatory to developing good, solid basic painting skills.
Basic Painting class is organized into two groups – Group One and Group Two. Group One is for beginning students. The focus for group one is to learn the basic and essential art of seeing, as a painter. Painting materials, how to properly use painting materials, oil paint brands and how they differ, the reasons to work only on white canvases and use a white palette are all demonstrated and discussed in class. The alla prima method of painting – direct, fresh, and clean is the only method taught in this informative weekly painting class.
Group One students are encouraged to work on block studies for several weeks. Block studies are a method of teaching the art of seeing color, adapted from the teachings of Henry Hensche. These block studies are essential to the study of color, and seeing color. Advanced students also benefit from these color exercises. The ability to see and interpret color into value, and value into color is an essential skill in painting.
Group Two students will have completed several weeks of block studies, and will have demonstrated a basic ability to see warm/cool colors and value on a 10 point value scale. Still-life, and landscape are the painting subjects for Group Two students. May through September, weather permitting, Group Two will study landscape form on the grounds of the WSA. Simplifying landscape forms into basic shapes, and constructing form with planes of light and color will be the goal in the warm season. Still life set ups will always be available in the studio for students who prefer to paint indoors.
Ten minute Around The Palette demos by instructor Karen O’Neil are designed around the weekly syllabus. These demos alternate weekly for Group One and Group Two.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary!
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
$150/4 consecutive classes. Students may register at any time.
Begins January 18 and continues through May 31.
Class resumes October 4 and concludes on December 13, 2017.
Wednesdays, 1–4 PM