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Back to Basics, Painting After Time Away

Back to Basics: Painting After Time Away
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TUESDAYS OCT 4th-NOV 8th 12:00PM-2:30PM (6 weeks)

Have you been wanting to get back into painting, but not sure where to start? This class will be geared toward beginning painters or those who are re-entering after years away. If you now have the time and desire but need some help settling back in, this is the course for you. 

In this 6 week class we'll go over the fundamental components of painting including...

  • overview of basic painting materials and equipment
  • basic color theory and paint mixing
  • elements of good composition
  • working from the still life as a frame of reference
  • tips for developing a home practice

We'll be using acrylic paint for this class. If you have a preference for oils this class will still be useful, since much of the subject matter is universal (I'll explain the things that aren't). For those who have taken painting classes in the past there will be some review in addition to learning new ways to approach painting. Ages 15 and up.

This class will be held in the classroom at Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland.

This class requires 5 students to run with a maximum of 8 students. Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot. 

Workshop/Class Policies



For students who do not yet have their own materials, the in-class use of all supplies on the list below can be provided for an additional fee of $40 (optional). 

Acrylic Paint:
Titanium White
Cadmium Lemon/Lemon Yellow OR Hansa Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Magenta OR Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue OR Primary Cyan

Recommended paint brands: Golden Heavy Body (the best), Liquitex Heavy Body, Winsor & Newton Artist Acrylic, Utrecht Artist Acrylic. Get tubes, not jars. Avoid student grade paints and hues for best results and less frustration.

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes in good condition (4-6). You may use hog bristle (my preference) or stiff synthetic. I suggest sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 in primarily flats, brights and/or filberts.

Palette knife 2-3 inch diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic. 

Palette. I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets (no hole), or the Sta-Wet palette

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Small spray bottle for spraying palette (optional)

Rags or Paper Towels. I use rags or blue shop towels found in the auto section.

Pencil (2B or HB) and kneaded rubber eraser

*Easels, chairs/stools, drawing boards, paper and un-stretched canvas will be provided for each student. 

Example of items on supply list

Example of items on supply list