Getting Started with Oils: An Introduction to Painting Techniques and Tools

Getting Started with Oils: An Introduction to Painting Techniques and Tools

Monday - Friday, May 13 - 17
9 am – noon

CANCELED: Please see our listings for upcoming painting classes.


This course is intended to introduce students to traditional  painting techniques using oils. Students will gain a good foundational working knowledge of how to setup subjects, blocking, brushwork, mixing color and the use of Neo Megilp medium. The “ala prima” (in one sitting) also called “direct painting” technique will be taught in making still life paintings. Each lesson begins with the concepts to be covered, demonstration of the techniques, hands on experience and ends with suggested homework to be critiqued at the next lesson.

Monday – Friday, May 13 – 17
9 am – noon

Instructor: David McCamant
Ages: Adult (15+) / Beginners welcome




SUPPORTS – Inexpensive canvas boards or panels. Students who wish to do the homework will need to double the number of panels.

1 – 11″ x 14” (OPTIONAL – add one more for homework)

2 – 8″ x 10″ (OPTIONAL – add two more for homework)

3 – 6″ x 8″ (OPTIONAL – add three more for homework)

OIL PAINT – One (1) – 37 ml tube of ARTIST quality oil paint of each color, RED, MAGENTA, YELLOW, BLUE, CYAN, BLACK and WHITE.. The different manufacturers listed below are to enable accurate color matching between brands.

COLOR            NAME                                                  MANUFACTURERS


RED                             -Cadmium Red                                    Windsor Newton

-Cadmium Red Medium                      Gamblin

-Cadmium Berium Red (not deep)      Grumbacher


MAGENTA                   -Permanent Rose                                Windsor Newton

-Quinacridone Red                              Gamblin

-Quinacridone Red                              Grumbacher


YELLOW                      -Windsor Yellow                                  Windsor Newton

-Hansa Yellow Medium                       Gamblin

-Cadmium Yellow Light                       Grumbacher


BLUE                            -French Ultramarine Blue                   Windsor Newton

                                    -French Ultramarine Blue                   Grumbacher

-Ultramarine Blue                               Gamblin


CYAN                           -Thalo Blue                                          Grumbacher

-Phthalo Blue                                      Gamblin


BLACK                          -Ivory Black                                         Windsor Newton

-Ivory Black                                         Gamblin

-Ivory Black                                         Grumbacher


Two (2) – 37 ml tubes or One (1)- 150 ml tube


WHITE                         -Titanium White                                  Windsor Newton

-Titanium White                                  Gamblin

-Titanium White                                  Grumbacher

PAINTING MEDIUM – Neo MeGilp Medium 2oz or Larger


You may bring whatever oil paint you have as long as they are the correct hues or colors. If you are on a tight budget, you might try Windsor Newton Winton or Grumbacher Academe student oil colors.


PAINTING MEDIUM – Neo MeGilp Medium 2oz or Larger

BRUSHES – Any artist quality long handled bristle brushes will do. Recommend Connoisseur brand #2106 pure synthetic oil paint brushes (VERY IMPORTANT
One (1) each #6 and #8 Long-Handled Filberts (OPTIONAL – add a #4 and #10)

PALETTE – Gray Matters, palette paper or equivalent


CLEANING JAR – Silicoil cleaning jar or other small jar with lid

CLEANING SOLUTION – 1 – 8oz bottle of artist grade Walnut oil

BRUSH CLEANER – 2.5 OZ small cake of The Masters Brush Cleaner

PAPER TOWELS – 1 roll of BLUE shop paper towels (OPTIONAL – add one more for homework)

WET PANEL CARRIER – inexpensive cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil or aluminum roasting pan for wet painting transport


Monday May 13, 2019 9 am – noon