Syllabus and Supplies

Craig Berry Oil Painting I: Fundamentals

Syllabus

  • Course Introduction. Oil Painting materials discussion. Safety and misconceptions around oil painting. Mixing neutral values.
  • Starting a painting: Drybrush drawing, transferring a drawing to canvas. Wipeout technique. 
  • Painting with neutral values. Open Grisaille vs Closed Grisaille. 
  • Painting with values continued. Studies and Planning a painting.
  • Intro to Munsell Colour Theory. Setting up a palette (open vs closed)
  • Student project: still life, master copy or painting from reference.
  • Student project: still life, master copy or painting from reference (continued)
  • Student project: still life, master copy or painting from reference (continued)
  • Glazing/scumbling techniques for finish.
  • Class critique.

Note: This outline is subject to change based on class dynamics.

Supplies

In the first class we will discuss the materials required for subsequent classes. The following is needed for the first class:

  • Ivory Black, Titanium White and Burnt Umber (Williamsburg or Gamblin preferred)
  • 11x14” canvas board (smooth, don't get one with too much texture)
  • Palette knife (long with a round end not a teardrop)
  • Masking Tape
  • Paper Towels
  • A wood palette for mixing or you can use throw away palette sheets.
  • Small container of Gamsol.
  • Notebook and pen