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    Painting 101: An Introduction to Painting with Oils

    Painting 101: An Introduction to Painting with Oils

    Presented by Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center at Paramount Visual Arts Center

    May 14, 2016

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    with Mickey Cunningham
    Oils are often thought to be difficult to use, but this is a misconception. In fact, oil paints are very forgiving and easily allow for changes and corrections. We will use a variety of techniques in this one-day workshop. In the morning, we will paint a still life and aim for accurate color and value representation. During the afternoon, we will work from photographs to create fresh and lively interpretations.

    Materials List for Oil Painting Class

    If you are someone who plans ahead and you wish to order your materials on line, you can find good prices at Jerry’s Artarama, Art Supply Warehouse, or Dick Blick.

    One stretched canvas or canvas panel measuring 16 x 20 or 18 x 24 ins.
    One stretched or canvas panel measuring 11 x 14, 14 x 18 or 16 x 20 ins.

    You can use traditional oils or water-soluble oils. If you have paints on hand, please feel free to bring what you have and fill in as necessary to approximate the following colors:

    Titanium white
    Lemon Yellow or a cool yellow
    Cadmium Yellow Medium or Permanent Yellow Medium
    Sap green
    Ultramarine Blue
    Cadmium Red Light or Permanent Red Light
    Alizarin Crimson
    Burnt Sienna
    Yellow Ochre

    If you are new to oil paint and need to buy all the colors, Winton (Winsor Newton’s student grade paint) might be a good choice. Michaels Craft Store carries a set of ten 21 ml tubes for $49.29. Daler Rowney’s Georgian Oils for $29.99 at Michaels is also a good starter set. The colors are a good range. If you are interested in an affordable professional grade, Grumbacher is a good choice and is also available at Michaels. Grumbacher makes an affordable water soluble oil, but I don’t think it is available locally. Michaels sells a Winsor Newton water soluble oil.


    If you already own some brushes, bring what you like to use.

    If buying new, opt for long-handled bristle brushes in either synthetic or hog’s hair. Brushes are expensive, so you probably won’t want to buy too many.

    I would suggest:

    Filbert, size 2 or 4

    Filbert, size 6

    Flat, size 8

    Round in a softer hair synthetic that mimics sable, small size, 2 or 3

    House painter’s brush- An inexpensive one-inch or one-and-a-half inch paint brush from the hardware store can be used for laying in color.


    If you have a palette, please fell free to bring it. I will have a roll of freezer paper to use for disposable palettes.


    We will be using odorless solvent provided by the Paramount.

    ~Solvent can or jar:

    A small mustard jar or something similar works well. You can also use an empty soup can. If you have a piece of wire mesh to fit into your can or jar, it will help keep your solvent clean, but it is not vital.

    ~Paper Towels:

    One roll – I like Viva.


    A selection of your favorite landscape photographs, preferably taken by you.

    Venue: Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center

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        Paramount Visual Arts Center

        913 West St. Germain Street
        Saint Cloud, MN 56301

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        Discounted price if registered by May 4: $50.00
        Registrations May 5 to start: $55.00

        Info Phone: (320) 257-5928

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        May 14, 2016


        Saturday, May 14, 10 am-4 pm (1 hr lunch break)

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