Oil/Acrylic Beginners – Advanced Beginners Painting with Victoria Templeton
Wednesday Evenings* – 5:30-7:30pm
Jan 10-Feb 14
Cost Non Member $185 / $155 members
Location: Cape Cod Art Center, Studio A
Oil/Acrylic Beginners Painting
This class is for you to learn the very basics of painting-how to start a painting from subject to sketch to canvas. If you have a little experience but are still new, we will focus on your next level. We will cover the building blocks of artwork: form, line, space, shape, value, color and texture. We’ll also discuss materials and tools. No experience is encouraged! You may choose to paint in either medium, oil, acrylic, but please pick only one to start.
Materials- As a beginner, it may be daunting to buy items so we will work with a limited palette. Student grade may seem like a bargain, but in the long run, will require more paint. Buy the best artist grade you can afford. You will use these items as you continue-you’ll get moneys worth.
For the first class, we will be sketching and covering some basic elements. Please bring a 5×7 or 5×8 drawing pad or sketchbook, Lyra graphite water soluble stick, 8B graphite pencil, ballpoint pen, black gel pen. Kneaded eraser, staedtier mars retractable plastic eraser
Colors: For the first class, bring white, ultramarine and burnt umber. Cadmium Yellow Lite ( or cad free),Cadmium Yellow Med (or cad free),Cadmium Red medium (or Cad Free),Alizarin Crimson (hue is okay),Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White. Burnt Umber
I use: Oils Gamblin ( the 1890 brand is fine} or Winton Newton
Acrylics: Liquitex/Golden Heavy Body…You can use Liquitex basics as a start.
Canson or Strathmore Muti Media Pad 11×14 (these are great for practice and working out ideas) At the first class we’ll cover more options you can invest in.
A smooth support to tape your paper to, like a drawing board, foam core…
Brushes- 1” flat synthetic Brush, No 8 synthetic round brush with a good point, 1⁄2 inch synthetic flat bright: we’ll go over more brushes in class. These are good to start.Acrylic, and Oil:
Palettes: 16×12 Materson Artist Palette (I can show you how to keep acrylics wet w/o buying the sta- wet version) freezer paper
Paper Towels: Recommend Blue Job Squad in Home Depot or Auto Stores-Amazon-these are soft, thick and durable. Baby wipes. White artist tape. Ruler. Disposable gloves.
For Acrylic: water container like a large yogurt container, spray bottle with a fine mist
For Oils: Two glass wide mouth containers with twist on lid, like a jam jar, odorless mineral spirits. Linseed medium or walnut oil medium-you can get a small one to start. It is important that these are odorless! If you have an old one, check to see if its smells. If it does, throw it out.
Bio: A native San Franciscan and longtime California resident, Victoria discovered multiple forms of creative art everywhere. The abundance of fresh emerging art and old masters works inspired her drawing and painting at an early age. She majored in acting at Loyola Marymount University and studied costume design. For over twenty years she worked management in the luxury fashion industry. She loved the passion and creative process of designers. In the 1990’s, she explored fashion design and illustration but found her true life passion was fine art painting. In 2000, she studied with Roger Armstrong, a master painter and school founder at the Laguna College of Art and Design. With Roger as her mentor, Victoria learned boldness and to take risks. “It’s only paint and paper” he told her. Roger introduced her to plein air and shared many approaches to outdoor painting. He was one of the first participants in the famous Laguna Beach Invitational for Plein Air. When he died in 2007, the Irvine Fine Art Center asked Victoria to continue his class. She discovered another ardor, teaching. Her approach, like her mentor, encouraged students to lose fear, take risks and view painting as a process. Her key mantra is “Express your voice.” Later in 2015, Victoria and her husband, Bob, retired to Barnstable in Cape Cod. She put teaching aside and focused on building a body of new artwork, trying out new techniques. She occupies studio space at The Old Schoolhouse in Barnstable Village. She is a continuous participant of the CCAC plein air group and contributed to their second 2019 edition of Plein Air Painting on Cape Cod. She received recognition in several Cape Cod exhibitions. She is a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Center and happily teaching again.
“Child-like curiosity and play remains the most important part of my work. When I trust creative energy and stop my critic’s chatter, my paintings reflect the authentic relationship I forged with the subject. I paint in all mediums, using what feels best for me that day. I remember Roger’s motto- It is only paint and paper!”