Painting is the co-ordination of drawing with colour as a means of representing form. The principle medium for study will be working in oil. Students proceed from painting in grisaille (black & white), to working with a limited palette and finally to using a broad palette of many colours. Consideration of the support (usually canvas or panel), the preparation of the painting surface (with white gesso and a coloured imprematura) mediums (oils, resins and thinners) and technique (cartoons, warm/cool colours, indirect/direct, glazing, scumbling, blending, working from thin to fat etc…), are brought explained and demonstrated as students advance through this discipline.

Cast Painting

This course takes knowledge learned from Cast Drawing and applies it to painting in oil. Students make grisaille paintings from casts of famous antique statues. Black and white paintings are made that express tone and form. Working with warm and cool colours are introduced.


Still Life Painting

This course takes knowlege learned in Cast Painting and extends it to working in full colour. Students work first with a limited palette of several colours and afterwards with a broad palette of numerous colours.

Still Life Oil Painting

Plein Air Painting

Plein Air is a French painting term which means, “painting in the open” and is used to describe painting outdoors, especially for landscape painting. This course is done in the form of field trips to local parks and other locations. Painting outside adds many new aspects to consider as students learn to confront the problems of working in nature under changing conditions (light, wind, temperature, ambient noise, etc…). Projects will progress from less to more complicated in order to consider elements like: clouds, water, reflections, buildings and people.

Plein Air

Portrait Painting

Live clothed models are used for students to produce life-life portraits (works primarily concered with the face and head of an individual sitter). The course progresses through a series of excercies of varying length. Aspects of consideration include rub-outs, grissaile (black & white) limited palette, warm & cool colours, earth tones, prismatic colours, cartoons, indirect & direct techniques, anatomy & proportions of the head & face etc…


Figure Painting

Live nude models are used to create life-like paintings of the human body. This course takes into consideration a lot of material that is introduced in previous courses, especially cast painting, still life painting & anatomical drawing. A series of long poses are used to develop students understanding and application of painting from life.

Figure Painting