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Spring Class

Sketching in Oils

  • Instructor: Sylvia Vigliani
  • Ages: Adult and Teen 14+
  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dates: 04/16/2020 - 05/28/2020
  • Sessions: 7
  • Fee: $217 / $195 Members
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    Oil Painting Supplies‎, online vendor

    Thompson’s Art Supply 184 Mamaroneck Ave White Plains *

    * Student discount available if you mention Pelham Art Center


    Oil Painting

    Students may work with either water mixable or regular oil paints. Use Medium for regular oil paints please.  Clean up will use no flammable thinners; only soap and safflower or other vegetable oil.

    Oil Tubes:

    • Titanium white
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Cadmium Red
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Burnt Umber
    • Ivory Black

    Optional colors: Sap green, Cerulean blue

    Palette knife for mixing:  flexible  1” long. Palette knife must be flexible with a “spring” movement to the touch

    Palette: Paper Palette pad 9” x 12”

    Supports: Primed gesso board, canvas board, stretched canvas, or canvas pad. 9” x 12”” or larger

    Oil Brushes: 8, 6 4 and 2. (Princeton 5200 Natural Bristle Filbert) are a great brush for the price, (available from Dick . Do not purchase synthetic brushes, but rather stiff hog hair brushes.

    Medium: For thinning the paint, use a small jar of fast-drying medium, such as Winsor & Newton Liquin, Gamblin Neo-Meglip, or Graham Walnut Alkyd. Use medium for regular oils, even if working with water mixable paints.

    1 small empty glass jar, 2 oz-4 oz (optional) for oil to be used for clean up

    Rags for painting, sold in paint stores


    For Cleaning:

    Paper towels

    Soap, such as Trader Joe’s Oatmeal & Honey bar soap, or Murphy’s Oil liquid soap

    Safflower oil or baby oil

    No Flammable materials allowed in the room, please


    Pastel Painting

    Pastel paper, white or toned

    If using oil pastels, a set with 25 colors will be sufficient.

    A flexible palette knife no larger than 1”.


    If any questions, please contact the Instructor

  • Register for this Class

In this class, students will learn to use a limited palette (eight colors only) and work freely from landscape photographs. By using a limited palette, students will gain an understanding of basic color mixing and gain better control over their use of color. The emphasis will be on creating quick color paintings, completing a new image each session. The results will be short, fluid sketches that stand alone as artworks, or can be used as studies for further painting.

The class is well suited for the beginner as well as more experienced student. Both students interested in building a portfolio, as well as experimenting in a new approach are encouraged to try this class!

Students may work with traditional oils, water mixable oils, or oil pastels.