Beginning Painting

Dates:July 11 - August 1, 2012
Meets:6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions
Instructor:Ella Delyanis
Fee: $135.00

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Are you interested in learning how to paint? Start with the basic materials, add the right tools and techniques, and let painting become your lifelong passion! We will become inspired by paintings in the galleries, then work with acrylics or oils on still life, landscape and portrait.

Model fee included.

Prerequisite: at least one previous drawing class preferred.

Supplies for first class:

Basic List:

Box of oil or acyrlics, (approx. $6.00 at Ocean State Job Lot)
Supports: 16" x 20" canvas
Medium: Odorless paint thinner, like mineral spirits
Other: 4 flat brushes, (nylon is ok)
Palette, disposable is fine

Optional List:
Titanium white (recommended)
Zince White
Flake White

Cadmium yellow light*
Cadmium yellow medium*
Cadmium yellow deep
Yellow ochre*

Cadmium orange

Cadmium red light*
Cadmium red medium*
Cadmium red deep
Alizarin crimson*

Ultramarine blue*
Cobalt blue
Phthalocyanine (pthalo blue)
Manganese Blue
Cerulean Blue

Pthalo green*
Green earth (terre verte)
Chromium oxide green

Ultramarine Red
Colbalt Violet
Manganese violet

Burnt umber
Raw umber
Burnt sienna

Ivory or lamp black

Painting Medium:

Oil Paint:
Linseed oil, refined
Damar varnish

Acrylics: Water or acrylic medium

Watercolor: Water

Sizes 0-12. 0 is smallest. Nylon brushes are best for acrylic only, (hairs often not heavy enough for oils.) Bristle brushes are used for watercolors. Purchase as many brushes as you can afford! (4-6 anyhow). Get a range of sizes - such as a 0,2,4,6,8,10,12. Brights have shorter hair, Flats have longer(the most basic brushes are brights - so get these first). Other brushes are flats, filberts and rounds.

Clean Up:
Mineral spirits, a petroleum product, may be used for cleaning oil-painting brushes.(save yourself money and get it in the hardware store). We will discuss making your own brush cleaning container.
Rags are essential in painting- both for clean-up and also sometimes as a painting tool. Paper towels do not work as well.

Painting Grounds (surfaces):
For oil:
1. canvas panels
2. canvases that are pre-stretched on a frame
3. masonite panels - sand first and paint with 2 -3 coats of acrylic gesso.
4. stretch and prime your own canvases.

You will need a separate surface for each project.

For acrylic:
Same as for oils; watercolor paper may be used if acrylic paint is used thinly like

For watercolor:
Watercolor paper.

Miscellaneous Supplies:

Palette - various types are available- probably the easiest to use is a disposable paper palette - buy the larger size; you can also make the equivalent with freezer paper(from supermarket) and a piece of foam core. (you will need masking tape).

Other supplies - rags, palette knives (trowel type is best - they come in different sizes). You will want vine charcoal to draw on the canvases and also pencils, erasers, and a sketch book to work out compositions and for notes.
A couple of empty one pound coffee cans are handy for holding both clean and dirty brushes as you work.
You will need palette cups for medium - a deep metal lid or a "fancy feast" cat-food can works fine - and are free!
Something to put all your supplies in is necessary - either a traditional paint box or maybe a plastic tote such is used for cleaning supplies. Remember to bring some kind of apron, old shirt, etc.

Bring hand soap for brush clean-up - you can also wait and do this at home within one day.