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Fall Class

Beginner’s Painting

  • Instructor: Jill Kiefer
  • Ages: Adult and Teen 14+
  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Dates: 09/28/2019 - 12/07/2019
  • Class not held on: Nov. 16 & 30
  • Sessions: 9
  • Fee: $349 / $314 Members
  • Print Materials List


    If you have any questions about supplies—please e-mail me at

     A set of standard oil paints OR water-soluble oil paints AND/OR acrylic paints. Your set should include yellow, blue, red, white and black. Get a larger set if you want more color options. I recommend this—because you can waste a lot of paint trying to mix desired colors. You CAN get “student grade” paint. There’s no need to buy expensive paints at this point, however I DO recommend that you avoid Reeves paints. They’re very transparent and do not provide good coverage.

    One LARGE tube of TITANIUM WHITE OR MIXING WHITE paint (in addition to your paint set).

    Bring a canvas to class—11×14 inches or larger (any size you want). Cotton canvas is fine—and the most affordable, but you can get linen canvas if you prefer. You can either get a stretched canvas OR work on canvas panels.

    A bottle of Odorless Turpentine OR Odorless Paint Thinner OR Odorless Mineral Spirits IF you’re working with traditional oil paints. Popular brands are Turpenoid and Mona Lisa—but you can get less expensive brands of odorless paint thinner or mineral spirits at any hardware store.

     A small bottle of refined linseed oil if you’re working with traditional oils. (You’ll get this at the art store).

    If you choose to work in acrylics you can buy a liquid acrylic painting medium. You can also simply use water, however medium will render your paints more fluid and easier to work with.

    A palette of your choice. Make sure it’s white. If you like, you can use white Styrofoam plates. Do not purchase paper plates, because they absorb paint and medium. (A butcher’s tray is a great idea for a palette.)

    A palette knife (either plastic or stainless steel).

    A clean empty shallow can, such as a tuna fish can or a cat food can. A medium sized empty jar for dumping your dirty oil painting medium (which you will be able to recycle). Several rags for cleaning your brushes

    A basic set of ‘flat’ paint brushes in ‘flats’– approximately ¼” – ¾” – 1” wide. You want synthetic brushes that are soft but not so soft that they have no “spine” to them. If you happen to already have brushes—bring them along to class. You can buy natural bristle brushes, but I would hold off on these as they’re expensive.

    Scrap canvas sheets (you can buy canvas sheets in pads) OR scrap white cardstock. It’s always good to have scrap paper with you—to test out colors, etc.

    You may also want to buy yourself a COLOR WHEEL. This is optional—as I will have one in class. BUT, if you want to do any color mixing at home, then you will want to have a color wheel.

    Bring Xerox copies or pictures of any images you might want to paint. IF you can bring them in color and black and white versions that will be advantageous. Don’t plan on relying on your Smart Phones for iPads/Tablets for this. While you CAN use these as a resource when you’re painting—you need hard copies in order to get your work down on canvas.

    Bring a ruler and a white eraser. I highly recommend the Magic Rub Eraser by Prismacolor.

    1 pad or sheet of tracing paper

    1 sheet of gray graphite paper

    1 #4 or #6 drawing pencil

    The web address for Dick Blick is if you are interested in ordering online. Dick Blick online has reasonable prices and a huge inventory, and their customer service is excellent. You can also find much of what you need at Michaels. Do make sure to order with time to spare, if ordering online.

    Please do remember to wear old clothing or a smock to class.


  • Register for this Class

This painting class is specifically designed for the person who has always wanted to paint but has been a bit too shy to give it a try! Continuing students are also welcome. Starting with the absolute basics, you’ll learn every aspect of painting (including sketching for painting), and may work in oils or acrylics. Each class will begin with a structured lesson and demonstration, followed by directed studio work. Students must bring materials: a supply list is available online. Please bring your own canvas (any size you want)and supplies to the first class, along with some ideas (images) of what you’d like to paint. Wear your painting clothes!