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Thu, Jul 18



Oil Painting for Beginners

Artist/Instructor: Cate Kauffman Dates: July 18-19, 2024 (Thursday & Friday) Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Cost: Members: $230; Non-members: $265

Oil Painting for Beginners
Oil Painting for Beginners

Time & Location

Jul 18, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kilmarnock, 19 N Main St, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, USA

About the Event

Instructor:  Cate Kauffman

Dates: July 18-19, 2024 (Thursday & Friday)

Time:   10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:    Members: $230; Non-members: $265

Maximum 8 students. Minimum 3 students

Oil painting is often considered to be both the “ultimate” way to paint and seems mysterious and incredibly messy. This beginner’s class will introduce you to basic techniques that will help you get off on the right foot and give you the opportunity to experience these wonderful paints without a lot of expense or struggle. Oils are both forgiving and challenging but are loved by many artists.

This beginner’s class will introduce you to the basic techniques of oil painting using the safest oil products on the market today. There are real oil paints, not water-soluble oils (which are a different product and require different materials and handling).

Day 1: We will cover the differences between painting surfaces, differences in different oil paint companies, toxic vs non-toxic paints and solvents, different kinds of oil brushes. We will discuss and demonstrate, and practice the difference between blending and impasto painting, using a palette knife and how to stain your surface and why or why not, terms like “fat over lean”, and how to get your composition blocked out quickly. We will learn how to clean and store your brushes properly.

Day 2: We will cover the differences in mediums available, color mixing, and students will have the opportunity to use their stained surfaces to paint an actual painting. We will discuss transporting your wet paintings and how to store your completed paintings as well as studio organization and safety tips.

See materials list for more information.

Materials/Supplies List

Paint: Will be supplied by instructor. Do NOT bring paint or medium to class.

Palette: Any wooden or glass palette will work, the instructor prefers a tempered glass palette for her own use and keeps it in a Masters Stay Wet Box normally used for acrylic painting without a pad.

Panels: 8x10 or 9x12 – one Ampersand Gessobord, two canvas covered board with acrylic gesso any brand, one stretched canvas (preferably with oil ground, but gesso okay) Do Not pre-stain.

Brushes: All long handled: Princeton brand is good for beginners look for synthetics good for oil and acrylic. Will discuss different brush manufacturers and brush fibers in class. Long Filberts: 10, 8, 4, 2 and Brights (short or long fibers) 8, 4. One small round or a rigger.

Palette knife: look for one with a 2” blade that is flexible about 1/2” wide at the base

Cotton rags: torn up sheets, torn flannel shirts, old tee-shirts. Have these torn up into 8: squares before coming to class. Fill a plastic grocery bag with them.

Solvent: Will be provided. Do not bring solvent to class

Canning Jars: Bring two with lids

If you want to learn to stretch a small canvas over a lunch break, bring a small set of stretcher bars, a length of canvas large enough to cover stretchers with a two inch over lay, a staple gun. Instructor will bring stretcher pliers and other tools to show. With small canvases, special tools not normally needed.


  • Beginners Oil Painting

    Instructor: Cate Kauffman Dates: July 18-19, 2024 (Thursday & Friday) Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Cost: Members: $230; Non-members: $265

    From $230.00 to $265.00
    • $230.00
      +$5.75 service fee
    • $265.00
      +$6.63 service fee



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