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Winter Class

Observational Painting from Life

  • Instructor: Letizia Gentile
  • Ages: Adult
  • Day: Monday
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Dates: 01/22/2024 - 03/18/2024
  • Class not held on: 02/19/2024
  • Sessions: 8
  • Fee: $444 / $400 Members / $377 Senior Members
  • Print Materials List

    Observational Painting from Life – Materials List:

    • Palette Knife
    • Gamasol
    • Refined Linseed Oil
    • Oil and Thinner Cup (small container)
    • Blue Paper Towels (Home Depot)
    • Vine charcoal or charcoal pencils
    • 8” x 10” or 9” x 12” canvas or canvas board
    • Wood Palette or Grey Matters Paper Palette
    • Bristle brushes , filbert shape in a variety of sizes.
    • Optional: Masterson stay-wet palette seal box or any airtight container to seal mixed paint for following session


    Oil Paints – Gamblin is a good quality brand.
    Please do not buy student grade oil paints – includes Gamblin 1980 and Winton.

    Beginners need Earth palette only.

    Full Palette                                           Earth Palette
    Titanium White                                      Titanium White
    Ivory Black                                               Ivory Black
    Raw Umber                                              Raw Umber
    Burnt Umber                                           Burnt Umber
    Burnt Sienna                                           Red Ochre or Venetian Red (Gamblin)
    Alizarin Crimson                                    Yellow Ochre
    Cadmium Red Light
    Yellow Ochre
    Raw Sienna
    Cadmium Yellow
    Permanent Green Light
    Viridian Green
    Cerulean Blue

    Any questions , contact – [email protected]

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Through observation, learn the classical method of painting a still life with oils. A still life scene will be set up in class for students to paint. Through a step-by-step process, starting with the Underpainting to Color Underpainting to Final Layer, students will learn concepts such as composition, value, proportion and color mixing.

Underpainting Layer – Composition and the separation of light and shadow

Color Underpainting – Gradation of value to create a three dimensional form

Final Layer – Application of paint through techniques such as glaze and scumble

This class is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced students. If you have any questions about the class or materials, please feel free to contact the instructor at [email protected]