Oil Painting for Beginners
Instructor: Julie Blanchard
Day: Mondays (6 classes). Class begins April 5
Price: Members $120 | Non-Members $150
This is an introduction to oil painting for new painters and first timers along with those who have not used oils or who have been painting and are looking for a new start. Students will increase their knowledge of oil painting from direct or alla prima painting to traditional underpainting and glazing techniques. Students will learn how to develop good composition and design from thumbnail sketches to final design on canvas. Using a layering approach, most paintings will be completed in three painting sessions. Use of color harmonies, value and light and shade will be covered.
Sketch book, one with spiral binding will be easier to work with, pages you don’t like can be torn out
#2 pencils & erasers
Canvas boards, masonite or stretched canvas
8×10,11×14, or 9×12 or larger if you can carry it home.
Canvas paper may be used for color exercises
Palette for color mixing, also can be disposable paper. Some students like using wax paper and then throwing it away instead of cleaning.
Plastic zip lock baggies or recycled grocery bags
Big canvas bag or box to carry materials
Table easel (or may use studio easels)
Brushes: flats, rounds or filberts, bristles, hogs hair
Mineral spirits (odorless) or Liquin medium
Colors: Titanium white, largest tube you can carry. You will use more white than most other colors.
Yellows-Cadmium, Medium and Light
Reds-Alizarin crimson, Cadmium Red Light or Scarlet
Blues-Ultramarine, Cerulean, Thalo
Browns-Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
All other colors needed can be mixed from this basic list.
Julie Blanchard graduated from Emmanuel College, Boston MA, an art major, in 1967 and began a 36 year career, teaching art in the Waltham Public Schools. She began working in a masters program in studio art and art history, received an MAT in Fine arts in 1984 from Assumption College in Worcester. In 1985 became the Director of Art for the Waltham Public Schools. Since retiring in 2003, she has traveled across the United States, driving and painting to Idaho in the summer of 2004. Then joining a group of traveling artists to paint in Ireland (2004), Italy (2005), the Greek Isles (2006) and Cornwall, England (2007). She currently teaches adult courses in oil painting, watercolor, portraiture and drawing at the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable and watercolor at the Creative Art Center in Chatham. Working in watercolor on the spot, outdoors, in every kind of weather became a regular part of the schedule. Using strong color and a variety of techniques to capture the mood and feeling of the day, Blanchard allows nature to take a hand in the completed work. Whether it is sand and bugs or ice crystals in winter she makes use of the environment to help capture the moment.
Blanchard is juried Master artist of the Cape Cod Art Center, an artist member of the Creative Art Center in Chatham, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and regularly exhibits throughout New England. She is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society and Associate Member of the National Watercolor Society. Her watercolor paintings are in private collections in Arizona, California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Idaho, Texas, Missouri and Virginia. Her work can be seen at the Fresh Paint Gallery in Yarmouthport.freshpaintgalleryonline.com and at Fresh Paint Studios at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.