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1603 Irving St
Btwn 17th & 18th Avenues
San Francisco, California 94122
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this oil painting class:

This course will help art lovers master various methods of oil and acrylic painting, and develop a personal unique style! We will work on painting nature: landscape composition, clouds, waves, waterfalls, trees, sun spots; learn to represent texture of various objects; we will practice expressing character and emotions in portraits, set up the mood of the painting, and deliver the right artistic message through it. 

High-quality art materials are provided and included in the course price. 

Detailed Schedule:

  • Day 1: Introduction. Color theory and color mixing. Expressing mood through color. Painting simple colorful objects, learning to assess the desired color. Demonstrations and practice of various acrylic and oil techniques.
  • Day 2: Impressionism versus classical painting. Starting a master copy of your favorite work of an impressionist artist (Monet/Pissarro/Gauguin/Van Gogh)
  • Day 3: Tips on painting grass, clouds, water, and mountains. Finishing the landscape. 
  • Day 4: Starting a still life: introduction to classical oil painting. Compositional thumbnails, preparing a cartoon (drawing on thin paper), priming a canvas.
  • Day 5: Continue working on a small still life. Making an underpainting.
  • Day 6: First layer of color. Changes in color temperature. Tips on painting metal, glass, silky fabrics, text.
  • Day 7: Second layer of paint.
  • Day 8: Final touches, varnishes. Finishing the still life.
  • Day 9: Starting a portrait. Intro on facial anatomy. Compositional thumbnails, starting a drawing.
  • Day 10: Painting the portrait.
  • Day 11: Finishing the portrait.
  • Day 12: Starting working on a final project. Lecture on expressive composition. Compositional and color thumbnails.
  • Day 13: Painting the final project of a choice.
  • Day 14: Painting the final project of a choice.

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Monthly payments are not refundable. No fee adjustments due to missed classes - please schedule make up for a class you missed. In case of serious illness or other issues that don’t allow a student to participate in class for a long period of time, the payment may be transferred to another month.

Summer camp payment can be refunded in full if you inform us a month prior to start date of the camp.


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