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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States





No previous skills required, and more experienced painters and repeat students are welcome and will have the chance to advance their techniques.

This 4-session painting class with instructor Emily Sullivan will introduce students to oil paint and painting from observation. No prior art experience needed! In the first class, we will discuss the properties of color (value, temperature, and intensity) and color mixing to match what we see. During the next three sessions, we will discuss how to create a compelling composition and work from observation of a still-life. We will build up a painting by first creating a warm, toned underpainting to establish the painting’s drawing, composition, and value range, and then build up observed color in layers. You will finish this class with one 11” x 14” oil painting and the skills to continue painting! If you’ve taken this class before, please consider taking it again to continue practicing and learning. Oil paints are FUN! Come fall in love with oil painting and try something new this Fall! 


Surfaces: One 11”x14” canvas. Emily will provide you with shellacked paper for studies.

Palette: You could use a flat plastic palette, palette paper, a piece of thick glass or plexiglass (consider taping a thick sheet of white paper or foam core underneath). 

Brushes/palette knife: One small palette knife, at least 4 oil-specific brushes ranging in size (consider between #2-#8). I recommend flat or filbert shaped brushes with smooth, synthetic bristles. 

Other: one glass jar for cleaning brushes (you can buy one with a coil or put small rocks in the bottom of a salsa-sized jar). Several cotton rags/old T shirt/paper towels. A paint scraper is helpful to clean off palette. 

Solvent/mediums: Odorless mineral spirits, paint thinner, or Gamsol to clean brushes— can be purchased in hardware store, too. Consider also buying a paint medium like Liquin or Galkyd which will increase dry time and paint fluency.

Paint: The following paint colors in standard oil paint: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Orange, Permanent Green Light, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian or Pthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black

Other materials you may find helpful: Sketchbook/scrap paper for notes, something to use as an apron, scraper to clean palette. Additional paints you may find helpful are sap green, dioxazine purple, payne’s gray. 

REGISTER NOW: THURSDAYS | NOV. 7, 14, 21, + DEC. 5 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100

your choice of 4 of these date options—
pick up your card at your first class OR AT THE FRONT DESK
REGISTER NOW: THURSDAYS | Dec. 12, 19, Jan. 16, 23, 30 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100