Painting from a Photo, July 9-13 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Painting from a Photo, July 9-13 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm


Sometimes you can't turn down the convenience of working from a photo.  This workshop will provide tips and trick to working from photos; from pitfalls to avoid to digital editing.  Students will complete a small painting from a photo of their choice.  

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Materials List

OAoFA will provide Gamsol solvent, a Silicoil solvent container, paper towels,  and work stations including chairs, palette,  and a taboret.  Students are asked to bring: 

Paint - Oil is preferred, but acrylic and/or watercolor is acceptable.  Minimum colors needed are burnt umber, ultramarine blue, titanium white, hansa yellow, alizarin permanent, and napthol red. Additional colors can be used but are not necessary as the instructor will make use of a limited palette.  All demonstrations will use oil paint.

Brushes - Each student should bring their own set of brushes.  It is difficult to list specific brush names and size numbers as each brand has its own guidelines.  In general, a student should have an assortment of both hog hair bristle and synthetic/natural sable brushes.  Two or three large hog hair bristle brushes, three to four medium size hog hair bristle brushes (filbert, flat or round), and four or five smaller synthetic or sable brushes for detailed work.  You may also include a "rigger", or a fine long-bristled brush designed for detail.  

Palette Knife - Bring at minimum one palette knife suitable for mixing paint, ideally one with a diamond shaped blade.  Additional palette knives can be brought for applying paint if preferred.

Painting Support -Please bring a surface to paint on.  For exercises three or four 8x10 or 9x12 canvas or wood panels is recommended, and an 11x14 or 16x20 stretched canvas or panel is recommended for the final painting.  

Photo Reference - Please bring in a photo reference that you would like to create a painting of.  Things to look for in a good photo reference for painting will be covered during the first class session.

Storage Bin - A storage bin of some sort similar to this Artbin box is recommended for carrying supplies to and from class.

Clothing - An apron or old clothes is suggested as there is a high possibility of getting paint and/or solvent on clothes.  

Gloves - Disposable gloves are suggested but optional.  They can help keep your hands clean from paint and solvent.

Attitude - A positive attitude and willingness to try new things is always appreciated!