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Intro to Oil Painting. Tips, Techniques, and Getting Started.

In this 4-week course students will learn the basics of oil painting, composition, color theory, light and shadow, and other important art techniques and know-how.
Cela Janiec
4 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn the basics of the following:
• Color theory
• Composition
• Shadow and light
• History of oil paintings
• Safety measures when working with oil
• Brush skills and other artistic tools
Due Week 2: Students will come to class having made a color wheel using their materials. This is to understand how to mix colors with oils and what to do when things go wrong.

Due Week 3: Students will bring to class an example of one of their favorite oil painters to discuss, using the vocabulary we've learned to describe the piece and determine why it is they like it.

Due Week 4: Complete our painting!
Canvas--canvas boards work just fine and some students may prefer them. These are wood flats with canvas on top as opposed to stretched canvas. An appropriate size can be between around standard letter size, 8 1/2" x 11". (A pack of five 8" x 10" boards goes for ~$8.49) Linseed oil, this is for thinning the paints and cleaning our brushes, a non-toxic alternative to turpentine. ($11.99 for 4oz) You can also purchase any of the following, but these other oils will increase drying time, and be wary of potential allergens. • Walnut oil. • Poppy seed oil • Safflower oil Do not use the following, these will make it that your paint never dries. • Coconut oil • Olive oil Oil paints, at minimum red, blue, yellow, black, and white. (A value pack for 24 colors goes for $10.99, please do not feel the need to buy expensive paints.) (Do not buy cobalt, cadmium, or lead-white, these are toxic when breathed in or ingested.) Brushes. We want a variety of shapes and sizes. (A decent value pack can go for $10) Gloves (Gardening gloves work fine) Apron and/or paint clothes - Oils will stain any fabric they come in contact with so please be mindful of what students are wearing during class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Progress is assessed by understanding of the medium via progress or completion of their painted piece. This is informal.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Oil paints require a level of safety just as well as when painting with other mediums. It is recommended that the student be in a well-ventilated or large space and has gloves (gardening gloves work fine) and an apron fine for painting. Clothes specifically used for painting work as well.


Cela Janiec Digital & Traditional Art, Interior Design, and Animation.
4 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be starting out here, to offer my skills and knowledge to curious learners. I am a digital artist of 14+ years, traditional artist of 16+. I've studied 2D animation, have a bachelor's of science in Interior Design, and... 
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