Introduction to Painting (ages 5-11, 13-18)
Welcome to live online Introduction to Painting! Although this is an Introductory course meant to introduce beginners to the medium, all levels are welcome! Think of this as a survey class. We will be going over a range of techniques, subject matters, styles, and color palettes.
The goal of this virtual class is to not necessarily become a master painter (although it can be if you want it to be), but to learn the basics so that we can explore the many possibilities of the medium.
The ages listed are a suggestion. Besides the class supplies needed, there aren’t really any class requirements! This is an introductory class so you don’t need any prior experience or knowledge, although that is always welcome. The only requirement is to come into class with an open mind that is willing to learn and make messes.
**I will be answering questions about supplies as well as specifics on the first day. Here is a list to get you started!
– Paint variety; have at least a form of white, black, brown, yellow, red, and blue (I will be teaching in acrylic since it is cheaper and more accessible, but you may use oil if you’re up for the challenge!)
– Brushes (variety)
– Palette Knife
– Palette (I use glass, but anything works, even paper plates if that’s all you have)
– Sponge/Paper towel to remove paint off brushes
– Water Cup/bowl to remove paint
– Apron/Clothes you can get dirty
– Sketchbook/Journal for thumbnails and notes
– Surface to work on
IF you chose to use OIL, you’ll need:
– Odorless Mineral Spirits "OMS"
– 2 metal/glass jars safe for OMS storage
Recommended: Easel, razor scraper if you’re using a glass palette, potential still life objects
Is this an active participation course? (Doing the art along side you?)
It could be if you want it to. Feel free to paint along with me or simply listen in, but keep in mind that if you paint along it will be easier to give and receive feedback!
What will the structure of this course look like?
The goal is that for each week, we will learn a new concept and produce work that corresponds with it. We will have this class twice a week. On the first day of each week, I will give a short lecture/demo where you can take notes and paint along. The second day of the week will be a studio day where you can paint with others, post your progress to Padlet (I will be going over this on the first day), and give/receive feedback from me and your peers! The assignment will be "due" on the first day of the next week where we will be having a final gallery showing of those projects. For the last class, we may choose to have a celebration for our favorite works created over the class!
It depends on what materials you get, but this course is very flexible in material considering the introductory level. However, keep in mind that professional-grade will be more expensive.
Is there homework?
It depends on how much you want to work on it outside of class! There is time to work on your pieces during class, but if you want to work more on them outside of class, feel free to!
What will we learn?
I will elaborate on the first day, but we will cover:
– still life
– different styles (pointillism, palette knife, cubism)
– as well as anything the class is interested in learning!