411-Evening Oil Painting

The focus of this class is to train the student in the basic skills needed to paint in oils with particular attention to the use of color, light, shadow, composition, brush handling and materials. Students work from photographs from either the instructor or from their own collection. Every class, a weekly challenge will be demonstrated focusing on either subject matter, technique or other various painting elements. The student can watch the demo and either execute the exercise or use the demo as a learning tool and apply to their continuing project.

NOTE: There is no class on 10/31 and 11/7.

Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


OIL PAINT COLORS Titanium White Viridian Burnt Sienna Yellow Ochre Sap Green Alizarin Crimson Pthalo blue Cadmium Yellow Ultramarine Blue Cadmium Red Optional: Portland warm grey and Portland cool grey (made by Gamblin) Ice blue (Richeson shiva series) Kings Blue by Michael Harding There are many brands to choose from. Instructor recommends Windsor and Newton or Grumbacher. (Windsor and Newton has two quality grades, Professional Artist and student grade. The student grade is called Winton.) Instructor recommends the Artist grade. The quality is better, however, the price is a bit more.

Acrylic Paint – one tube of Yellow Ochre Palette (used for mixing paint).Instructor will go over different types of palettes in class. If you would like, you can wait until the first class to see which one you would want (use a paper palette pad in the meantime.) Otherwise, a large wooden palette or a piece of clear glass makes a great palette.

Palette box - Used to place your wet palette in after class and in between painting sessions. (Available at Michaels. It is a Tupperware –like box with a blue top and white bottom.)
Turpenoid (small container)
Liquin by Windsor and Newton (You can find this in the “medium” section.)
A variety of brushes (suggested - synthetic brushes for a beginner) Usually they have a packet of them with a variety of sizes in the brush section. Palette knife – Metal is preferred over plastic
Surface to paint on - Instructor will show many different surfaces to paint on in class, however, to start out with instructor recommends using a canvas board or a stretched canvas. Size is up to the student. Instructor recommends 11" x 14" to 16" x 20".
Sketchbook and sketching supplies (pencils, charcoal, erasers, etc.)
Small container to hold painting medium. (Art stores sell small metal cups that attach to your palette.Mason jars work great as well.)
Please bring two (one for the Liquin and the other for the Turpenoid).
“The Masters”- Brush Cleaner & Preserver – a little tub of brush cleaner in beige colored container.

Any questions e-mail me at [email protected].

About the Instructor

Andrea Gianchiglia

BFA, University of Hartford Art School, major in illustration, minor in art history. Exhibitions: Many solo, group and juried shows at various galleries and museums in the tri-state area. Awards: has won awards for her specialty, animal portraiture. Her work is in private collections throughtout the country and is available for commissions. A member of Society of Animal Artists, Salmagundi Club, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe art group. Visit www.agillustration.com


Class Details

September 12 - December 12, 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Days: Tuesday

Tuition: $375

Member Tuition: $350

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Fall 2023

Level: Adult (All Levels)

Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia