Beginning Observational Oil Painting

Beginning Observational Oil Painting


5 in stock

August 2nd – September 20th (8 sessions)

Wednesdays from 6-8pm

Instructor: Aaron Zonka

Oil painting often carries an air of sophistication. It’s true that this medium involves handling certain chemicals that can be hazardous, and it’s crucial to avoid eating any paint. However, oil painting serves as an excellent platform for developing an understanding of color, value, and the art of paint manipulation. Its slow drying time, forgiving nature, and visually captivating results make it an appealing choice for beginners.

In this class, we’ll focus on working from still life setups and references to foster a deeper understanding of the interplay between light and shadow as well as the nuances of hard and soft edges. We’ll also explore vital concepts such as color mixing, hue, and temperature, equipping you with a comprehensive toolkit to approach any subject using oil paint.

Whether you’re a complete novice, unfamiliar with the stroke of a brush, or an individual seeking to refine your painting skills, this class caters to your current skill level.


Class kits are available from Olyphant Art Supply.

Oil paint

Note: Colors marked with an asterisk (*) are essential, but purchase all the paints you can. If you already have a warm/cool set of oil paints and the colors are a little different, that’s totally fine. The instructor uses the brand Winsor & Newton, but Holbein or Rembrandt are also great options.

Titanium White*
Cadmium Yellow
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Red*
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Viridian Green
Yellow Ochre*
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Bone black*


Note: This is a very small range of brushes, so feel free to bring more. These are the essentials so you don’t have to buy too much. The instructor uses Robert Simmons Signet and Escoda brushes, but any comparable brand is fine.

Boar bristle/Hogs hair brushes

  • Flat,2,4,6,8
  • Round 0,2


Sable brushes (Synthetic sable is fine and much cheaper)

  • Flat 8,10
  • Round 0,6


Note: The instructor will have extra in class, but these are necessary when working at home.

  • Scott Shop Original Paper Wipes
  • Ripped up old t-shirts

Oil Solvent 

  • Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits


When signing up for this class, you must read and agree to the Class Refund Policy.

5 in stock

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