For Adult Students


Wednesdays, 3 – 5 p.m.

September 13, 20 27 and October 4, 11 and 18, 2023

Learn the techniques and skills of the time-honored medium of oil painting.



Colors Professional quality paints are far preferable to “student grade.” Some professional colors are available in 2 ounce or .75 ounce tubes.

When buying your first set of colors, it’s best to start with darker values. You can always lighten them with white and later buy lighter values as your budget allows.

If you are buying water-soluble oil paints, be sure all your colors are water-soluble.

Titanium White (Usually sold in 5 or 7 ounce tubes. Ask if they have it in 2 ounce. Do not buy zinc white)

Ivory Black

            Yellow Cadmium Medium. If that’s not available, Hansa or Azo Medium

            Phthalo Blue

            Ultramarine Blue

            Cadmium Red Light

            Alizarin Crimson

            Raw Sienna (if unavailable, you can substitute yellow ochre)

            Burnt Sienna

            Raw Umber

            Burnt Umber

            Phthalo Green

            Neutral Grey (not Payne’s grey). Preferably Value 5. If that’s not available, look for Golden Neutral Grey Value 4 or 6.

Some colors are available at .75 ounce or less. If you can afford more colors, you may want to add Dioxazine Purple, Chromium Oxide Green, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue, Chromium Oxide Green, or Payne’s Grey


Mediums Turpenoid Natural. Look for the green label and the words “Non-Toxic” and “Non-Flammable” on the can. If Turpenoid is unavailable, you can substitute mineral spirits or turpentine, but those media present serious health and safety issues. No solvent is necessary if your paints are3 water-soluble.

Some painters use linseed oil liberally with their paints, but I prefer to use it only to loosen paints that come out too thick from the tube. Buy the smallest size available. Walnut oil, sold in supermarkets as well as art supply stores, also works well.


Brushes Although I personally favor nylon bristle brushes, most oil painters use hog bristle. If you buy hog bristle brushes, I recommend buying at least one small brush in nylon for edges and finer details. Do not buy sable brushes.

There is as yet no standardization of brush sizes. Numbers vary from from one manufacturer to another. You should have at least three flats, one quarter-inch and one half-inch, and one an inch or larger.

One small round brush, Connoisseur Taklon #3 or equivalent size.


Surfaces Canvas is idea. Canvas panels are the least expensive format. Ideal sizes are 8 x 10, 9 x 12, and 11 x 14. Unprepared surfaces will need priming with acrylic gesso. I can provide a demonstration on how to construct your own stretched and primed canvas.


Palette Wooden palettes are light and inexpensive. Disposable paper palettes are convenient, but they can be messy when paint gets between the sheets. A small glass panel with the edges filed smooth or protected with heavy tape also works well. Glass palettes are easy to keep clean, but they’re heavy and expensive.


Palette Knife Metal, not plastic, and preferably trowel-shaped.


Vessels The best vessel is the Silicoil jar, which comes with a coil at the base. It is sold in conjunction with the Silicoil’s proprietary solvent, but you can buy the vessel with it.

The Mona Lisa jar is the same size. It contains a dome of chicken wire, and it works well, too.

*Pre-registration is required for Art School classes; classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be registered ONLY on receipt of payment. Enrollment requirements for all classes: 3 students minimum. Classes with low enrollment are cancelled 48 hours before the class is scheduled to begin.

Refunds and Cancellation Policies: If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, a full refund will be issued. Refunds or class credit will not be issued for any other reason than cancellation of a class due to low enrollment.