NEW! Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner w/ Mary Moquin

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w/ Mary Moquin

NEW! Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner  w/ Mary Moquin



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Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner

Instructor: Mary Moquin

Day: Tuesdays (6 weeks) Begins Tuesday, January 8th

Time: 1pm-4pm

Cost: Members $140 | Non-Members $160

**$25 optional materials fee**



This class is the perfect introduction to painting. Maybe you are only thinking about trying out oil painting but you are not ready to invest in materials, this is a workshop where you have the option to try it out before purchasing anything. You have the option to just pay a material fee and I will provide the materials*. Or maybe you have a set collecting dust somewhere because you’re just not sure where to begin. Or maybe you work in another medium but have always wanted to try oils. Whatever the case, we will spend the next 6 weeks learning how to use materials while painting simple objects from observation.  No pressure, it will be fun and you will have a better idea if it is a path you want to pursue further after taking this class. The follow up class will be called “Beyond Beginners” where you will have the opportunity to continue in a structured approach learning the building blocks of painting.


Or, if you’d rather not pay a material fee because you already have some supplies, here is a list of materials I would like you to bring to class:


  • A pad of canvas paper or multiple supports primed with white acrylic gesso to paint on, i.e. canvas, mat board, poster board
  • Masking tape
  • A disposable palette to put paint on (freezer paper is fine, you can tape it to the table)
  • brushes of various sizes
  • a palette knife or two
  • Paper towels
  • Oil paints in the following colors:


White – a large tube

Yellow (cad Yellow Light or a yellow that just looks yellow, not orangey)

Cadmium Red light (or some really orangey red, Vermilion, Scarlet, etc.)

Alizarin Crimson or magenta (some red that leans towards purple)

Ultramarine Blue

Phthalo Blue  (green shade if indicated, some brands say green or red shade on the label) sometimes called Cyan


For inexpensive but good quality paints I recommend Dayler Rowney Georgian Oil Colors available online at Jerry’s

Or Dick Blick at

At this point in your process, quantity is more important that quality so student grade oil paints are fine. Winsor Newton also makes their Winton line available at Michaels and AC Moore. But it is a lot less expensive to order paint online.


Artist Bio:

Received her BFA in Printmaking from Southeastern Mass University and her MFA in painting from UMASS Dartmouth. Her work is shown at the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet and South Dennis. She is an award winning artist, her artwork has been included in juried regional, national and international shows.

Additional information

Choose Option:

Member, Non-Member

Choose Materials

No, I have my own materials, Yes, I'd like materials