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Painting/Beginners (Introduction to Painting) is a traditional course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of traditional oil painting. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the complex medium of oil paint through progressive exercises. Students will learn how to handle paint, mix colors, organize picture plane, and develop observational skills. Students will work primarily from still life set-ups.
Note: While not required, it is highly recommended that you take a basic drawing class prior to taking this class. The focus of this course is on Representational Painting which assumes you have a basic understanding of foundational drawing skills.
This is an 8 week course. The goal of this course is as follows:
• Create a realistic painting by developing drawing skills that will allow student to create a proper sense of form and proportion.
• Develop observational skills that will enable the students to translate three-dimensional information onto a two-dimensional plane (the canvas).
• Create accurate and dynamic color through proper color mixing.
• Create a strong sense of shadow and light by observing and developing proper color and value structure of the subject matter.
• Develop knowledge and understanding of the material (oil paint, brushes, medium, solvents, etc) required to make a proper oil painting.
How Course Objectives are Address
Students will produce two paintings during this course. The goal for both paintings will be to produce paintings that are realistic in form and proportion; that uses color and value to give the illusion of shadow and light, as well as the illusion of form and depth; that displays a strong composition; and displays skillful use of the paint medium. In addition to developing their skill through practical assignments, the instructor will show students historical and contemporary painting examples appropriate for the skill of painting being taught in this course; give demonstrations; and will give individual critiques.
Note: If you are buying supplies specifically for this class, hold on to your receipt in case you need to return anything. Sometimes students get the wrong supplies.
For Both Oil Painters and Acrylic Painters
1 Canvas Board 11” x 14” (for initial underpainting exercises. Note: You might buy several canvas boards and use them for all the painting exercises during this term because they are less expensive than the stretched canvases.)
2 Canvases or Canvas Boards: 11” x 14” or 12” x 16”
Ebony or HB pencil
For Oil Painters (Oil Painting Material)
Firm Bristle Oil Paint Brushes
Round brush #1
Round brush #3
Flat #8 or 10
Oil Paints (Tube size 37 ml unless otherwise stated)
Titanium While (size 150 ml)
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Red Light (Optional)
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Light (Optional)
Cerulean Blue (Optional)
Alizarin Crimson (Optional)
Viridian Green (Optional)
Raw Umber (size 60 ml) (for toning canvas)
Additional Oil Paint Material
• Liquin Orignal
• Tupernoid Natural (For Cleaning Brushes – Optional)
• Gamsol Solvent
• 2 jars with lids
• Master’s Brush Cleaner (Soap)
• Medal Painting Palette Knife (for mixing)
• Disposable Paper Palette
• Masterson Palette Seal
• Rags to clean brushes
• Art Bin Storage Box (or a box or bag to hold and carry all painting materials)
• Sponge Brush (2 inch) (for toning canvas with raw umber acrylic paint)
For Acrylic Painters (Acrylic Painting Material)
- Bristle Acrylic Paint Brushes (Same as Oil Paint Brushes)
- Acrylic Paints – Same as Oil Paints with the exceptions listed below:
• All tube size 60 ml except for Titanium White, which should be 150 ml.
Additional Acrylic Paint Material
Matt Gel Medium 250ml
Masterson Painter’s Pal Sta-Wet Palette (with acrylic palette paper and Sta-Wet Sponge)
Master’s Brush Cleaner (Soap)
Rags to clean brushes
Jar to hold water
Art Bin Storage Box (or a box or bag to hold and carry all painting materials)
The health and safety of participants and staff is our top priority, and we have implemented rigorous, department-wide procedures, which include:
· Registration and class sizes are limited. Some classes allow Intermediate & Advanced students only with no beginners.
· All participants must complete a waiver form at the time of registration, either online or in person.
Access to our facilities is limited to registered participants and staff, with the exception of those who are onsite for in-person registration.
Participants must perform daily well checks at home. If you feeling sick (cough, fever, nausea, runny nose, etc.), you must stay home.
Face coverings must be worn at all times unless otherwise noted.
Social distancing - staying six feet away from others - must be observed at all times, with an understanding of the challenges and limitations for social distancing with very young children and individuals with disabilities.
Activity Age Category
CAC Painting Studio at Columbus Cultural Arts Center