Tackle the basics of oil painting, from paint handling, to color use, to compositional strategies in this workshop. Working from life (figure, still life, landscape), students create roughly one painting per day, and primarily use ‘alla prima’ (wet-on-wet) techniques. This takes advantage of the flexibility and viscosity of oil paint, and allows students to create convincing and often expressive images without having to wait for the paint to dry. Even with no past experience, students come away from this workshop understanding how to ‘collaborate’ with this flexible, beautiful and sometimes unwieldy material.
Media & Techniques:
Participants use oil paint, oil painting mediums, and primed, stretched canvas as a painting ground. The alla prima (wet-on-wet) painting technique is presented. Finally, students use a limited palette to create a variety of subtle colors via paint mixing
Students create a color-mixing chart to practice creating complex colors from a limited palette, then work from life to create relatively quick paintings of figures, still lives and landscapes. Students view images of paintings related to the workshop and observe demonstrations related to color mixing and alla prima painting.
Julie Burleigh has been painting, drawing and making sculptures since the early 1980s. She studied painting and drawing at Kansas City Art Institute, Yale, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Tyler. Julie has taught throughout the Midwest and in Southern California at many schools and universities.