In this workshop you will learn about basic painting materials, techniques and vocabulary. We will practice the fundamentals of painting: seeing value, using a ground color, and mixing paint, with simple objects as our subject matter. We will use a black and white palette and a limited, thee color, palette. Choose oil or acrylic. Materials will be provided for use during class. Please note that we do not use toxic solvents to thin our paints and clean our brushes, only refined linseed oil and soap.
Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.
Materials fee $25
Things to aim for:
One brush in your hand at a time
A paper towel in your non-dominant hand
When the paper towel gets dirty, throw it out. This is crucial for oil painters, not nearly so much for acrylic painters.
Do you need to put more paint on your palette?
Notice how, after loading your brush and laying down a stroke, each successive stroke looks different, as the paint thins out
One stroke at a time when wet into wet
Notice how the color changes in the second and third strokes, when working wet into wet.
This isn't a bad thing, but be aware of how the color as it appears on your palette changes when applied and when mixed with wet paint on the canvas.
MEDIUM and WATER: oil painters keep medium to a minimum, acrylic painters be aware of how much water is in your brush
notice how it thins the paint, and the ways is changes the color
For oil painting medium will all but prevent the adhesion of subsequent layers (diffucilt enough as it is).
Medium can be a huge impediment for beginning oil painters, making subsequent layers extremely difficlut. I use it to prime my brushes and then wipe them out thoroughly. I use medium sparing if the paint is too thick to manage.
For acrylic painters I imagine handling the water is a matter of experience like making a pie crust.
Look for the simple shapes
Be mindful of being afraid of the paint touching other colors, try not to leave a halo between objects or between objects and background or tabletop. Let it touch, let it get messy.
An attitude of curiosity is one of my favorite tools.