mondays | 7.13 - 8.17.2020 | 6:30 - 9 pm | 6 weeks

INSTRUCTOR: Diarmuid Kelly


Diarmuid teaches a step-by-step approach to creating an oil painting, providing in-depth information about materials and processes including selecting brushes, canvas preparation, arranging color on a palette, and more! Bring a photograpic landscape or portrait reference to class. This class is ideal for the beginning painter.


Materials List:

1 eraser

1 hb pencil

1 sketch pad

1 pad of palette paper or 1 medium sized palette

1 pad of canvas paper

1 double mixing cup ( clip on)

1 small bottle of liquin (original- avoid detail liquin)

1 small bottle of refined linseed oil

1 bottle of odorless paint thinner

1 container for cleaning brushes

1 roll of kitchen paper ( paper towels)

1 pre primed canvas ( size optional- don't buy a canvas that's too big if this is your first oil painting 16”x20” max). 


Paints: Winsor and Newton are a reasonably priced good quality student brand.

Tip: do not spend over $8 on a tube of oil paint. Professional quality paint can cost upward of $25 per tube.


Colors you will need:

Burnt umber, Payne’s Gray, Titanium White, Oxide of Chromium (green), Naples yellow, Viridian Green, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, French Ultramarine, Rose Madder (red), Cadmium Red, Phthalo Blue. (depending on subject matter other colors may be needed).


Brushes you need: size 2 and 3 long handled filbert (a variety of filberts or brights is important).

1” or 1/2 “ flat brush

2" soft haired blending brush,

1/2" soft haired blending brush.

Size 0 and 1 short haired round brushes.

1 script liner or rigger brush.

1 can of Windsor and Newton Spray varnish ( Satin finish).



Note: The paints above should not cost any more than $8 per tube. Be careful not to overspend. There are box sets with a multiple selection of oil paints available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dick Blick etc at reduced prices.

Oil Painting Fundamentals | mondays 6:30 - 9pm with Diarmuid Kelly

  • Pre-registration is required for all classes and students are only registered when payment has been received. In order for instructors to plan properly, students should register at least one (1) week before the start date of the class. If you register less than one week before class, the class fee will increase by $10.

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