Enjoy the adventure of creating your own work of art each week while becoming familiar with the basic methods, techniques, and tools of oil painting on canvas. Create a new painting each week while learning to use a variety of oils, solvents, brushes and supports. Acquire skills in underpainting, scumbling, glazing, Impasto, Alla Prima, and Sfumato techniques.
Instructor: Tracy Bligh
For classes taking place on the Arts District campus, participants should check-in at Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main St., prior to class.
May 8: Wet-on-Wet Cloud Painting: Create a cloud painting using wet-on-wet techniques. Learn how to form radiant, believable clouds by softly blending various paint tones.
May 15: Snowy Fox in the Woods – Impressionist Style: Using complimentary colors of orange and blue, create a soft Impressionist Style painting of a furry fox nestled in the snowy woods.
May 22: Painting Garden of the Gods with an Underpainting: Discuss the purpose of an underpainting. Paint beautiful rock formations under a bold blue sky using warm light and cool shadows to create rock forms.
May 29: Dillon Lake – Abstract Cubism Style!: Paint an abstract painting of Dillon Lake with horizontal, linear and diagonal breaks of bold colors to separate the sky, mountains, lake, trees and sailboats.
June 5: River Rock Study: Starting with an acrylic underpainting, add colorful, scumbled river rocks. Next use a wash to glaze over our rocky river bed to create the illusion of the rocks being immersed in water. (Note:
This project uses 2 mediums. First acrylic, then oil.)
June 12: The Great Sand Dunes National Park – O’Keefe Style: With the use of line, color and composition create a modern style painting of the The Great Sand Dunes similar to Georgia O’Keefe’s Modern Minimalist style seen in her New Mexico landscapes.
June 19: Larger Than Life Gestural Hand Study Painting: Sketch one or more “larger than life” gestural hand poses on a large canvas adding shadows. Block-in the background with a complementary color to make the hands become 3D.
June 26: Plein Air Two-Point Perspective Painting of the Breck Create Campus: Learn how to compose your image by using one, two and three-point perspective to create depth and dimension. Loosely paint in mountains, cabins, sidewalks, etc, focusing on light and strong shadows to create forms.
July 3: Mt. Baldy Sunset Painting-Impasto Style!: Create a colorful sunset painting of Mt. Baldy Impasto style using a thick application of paint to show texture and reflect light.
July 10: Washington Street in Autumn – Large Landscape: Create a landscape scene of Washington St. First sketch in Peak 8 for the background, then add a few houses for perspective. Finally line Washington street with evergreen trees and golden Aspens. Paint your scene from back to front.
July 17: Larger Than Life Columbine Painting: Sketch large Columbine flowers to fill your canvas. Blend a variety of soft tints and shades to create depth and dimension on the Columbine petals and stems.
July 31: Plein Air of the Blue River across from the Riverwalk Center: We will pack up our canvases, palettes and easels and take a short stroll downtown to paint the Blue River (weather permitting).
August 7: Mayflower Gulch with Cabins -Expressionist Style: Create a loose painting which communicates visually the feeling of the massive rugged mountains and enduring cabins rather than painting them in great detail.