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Foundations of Oil Painting


Instructor, Patty Fogle
Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7
1 pm - 4 pm

This class guides you through a straight-forward process based on Classical Drawing & Painting Principles for developing an oil painting from its inner foundation to its surface color. You’ll learn how to create the illusion of round forms in deep and luminous space from a flat surface through tonal contrasts and the Language of Color.

You’ll see how to mix the three essential color palettes of Red/Green, Orange/Blue, and Yellow/Violet from the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, plus White.  Then after practicing on a series of small color studies, you’ll create a final painting based on a palette of your choice and a solid foundation of skills to give you a beautiful, completed work.

The fee for the six-week course is $285 and class is limited to 8 students.

Supply List:

Paint:  (highly recommend Gamblin, or Winsor Newton)

Oils:  Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Medium (Gamblin) or Winsor Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, & Ultramarine Blue.  All colors will be mixed from the Primaries: Yellow/Red/Blue + White.

Acrylic:  Burnt Umber (for undertone on canvas) only IF you have no time to mix a neutral mid-tone)

Brushes:  Filberts (most versatile) -- #s 8, 10, & 12.

Palette: Wood (and polyurethaned) to see color correctly on mid-tone (12” x 16" preferred), and for easy cleanup — or disposable gray paper palette (12” x 16”)

Palette knife:  Medium

Gamsol mineral spirits (nontoxic): In small bottle, or metal cup (i.e. soup can)

Canvas: gesso primed & toned with neutral mid-tone — 11” x 14” for starters.

Drawing Journal/Charcoal: recommend Bright White/90# Paper & soft vine charcoal with kneadable eraser

Note Pad/Pencil: Class notes

Additional supplies you will need to purchase:

  • Light:  Industrial metal 8" round clip-on from hardware store/halogen bulb (no desk lamp)
  • Still Life objects — simple undecorated forms, no more than 3.
  • Medium cardboard box approx.12" x 12" x 18" for enclosing still life.

Patty Fogle grew up west of Boston — later traveled to Europe, East Africa and then to the outer edges of western Ireland, which continue to influence her art.  For the past 15 years, Patty has been a member of the Faculty at the Washington Art Association in Connecticut, where she teaches Masters Classes in Drawing & Painting.


COVID POLICY - Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: Masks are optional.

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