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Beginning Painting

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2540 Barrett Ave
At 25th St
Richmond, California 94804
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 17 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this painting class:

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For complete beginners who wish to improve their painting skills while learning to work in the medium of their choice. Each week we will discuss and put in practice a foundational painting concepts.

Experience Levels: Beginning to Intermediate

What To Bring


  • Follow your preference for acrylic and oil. You can use a pad paper formulated for oil painting, gessoed cardboard, canvas panel, canvas, wood panels, or masonite panels.
  • For gouache and watercolor, multimedia paper is an economic alternative to watercolor paper. Just make sure you tape it to a board to avoid warping.
  • No matter what you use, make sure it measures no more than 16 x 20”


  • For oil and acrylic, you’ll really need brushes with looooong handles. A big nylon or bristle filbert about 3/4" or 1" across, then two or three smaller nylon or bristle brushes (filberts or rounds), and a fine round brush (size 2) for details. Blick’ Academic is a good and cheap brand.
  • For watercolor or gouache, the handles can be short. You’ll need a cheap “mop” brush an inch across, a round nylon brush about 1/2” in diameter at the ferrule, and small round nylon brushes size 2 and 6.

Paint Colors

  • Acrylic or Oil: You want tubes with big, easy to turn caps or squeezable bottles, not wide mouth containers . Cheap brands are fine, just make sure you have the list of pigments below.
  • Gouache and Watercolor: sets are great or if you already have tubes, bring them! Just make sure you have the following pigments:
    • Buy in a large (150 ml) size. It can be a cheap brand:
      • Titanium white - buy a large tube or bottle, as much as you can afford
    • Buy in a high quality brand:
      • Ultramarine blue - a cold blue that makes a great black
    • Buy in a cheaper brand or smaller tubes:
      • Cadmium yellow light hue - a cold “lemon” yellow
      • Cadmium yellow deep hue– a warm, “egg-yolk” yellow
      • Cadmium red hue - a warm red of great opacity and power
      • Alizarin crimson or quinacridone red – either of these semitransparent cold reds
      • Phthalocyanine or Cerulean blue- either of these warm blues
  • Optional – Bring them only if you have them, or buy only if your budget allows
    • Dioaxine purple - a synthetic, semitransparent violet
    • Burnt sienna – a reddish-brown earth color
    • Burnt umber – a very dark brown earth color
    • Yellow ochre – a “mustard” earth yellow
    • Lamp black or Payne's gray – a dark grey and a black

Other Useful Tools

  • Paint knives: One plastic or metal knife with which to mix and apply paint.
  • Rags, because they last way longer than paper towels.
  • A water container for gouache and acrylic
  • An oil container for oil painters


  • Gouache and watercolor - no medium necessary
  • Acrylic: Acrylic medium, liquid or gel does not matter which, matte or gloss - does not matter which either.
  • Oil: Gamsol and linseed oil in small amounts is fine.


  • The bigger the better!
  • Oil: a disposable paper palette or any flat masonite or plastic surface.
  • Acrylic: if you want to be green, get a Richeson plastic palette or a piece of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) from Tap Plastics.
  • Gouache or watercolor: something with LARGE wells. It does not have to be airtight and it does not need to have a lot of compartments for a zillion colors.

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Refund Policy
When class/workshop enrollment is below the minimum five days prior to the first day of class, the class may be cancelled. If there is a cancellation, we will contact registered students at least 4 days before the start of the class/workshop by email or by phone.

We will offer students the option to transfer into another class or receive a full refund for the amount paid.

Classes are not refunded due to failure to attend class, planned absences, minor illnesses, or vacations.

If you drop a class:
  • You will receive a 100% refund minus a $15 administrative fee if you drop a class at least 7 days before it starts. 
  • You will receive a 50% refund minus a $15 administrative fee if you drop a class after this point but before the second day of class. 
  • There are no refunds after the second class.
If you drop a workshop:
  • You will receive a 100% refund minus a $15 administrative fee if you drop a class at least 7 days before it starts. No refunds or credit will be given after this point.


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