Oil Painting 101
Beginner | 1 hour 6 min
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Oil painter, Erika Lee Sears, creates an original piece of art everyday. She breaks down the age-old tradition of oil painting and makes it easy and accessible, from mixing colors, to playing with shadows and light, to the final varnish. Whether you're a curious beginner or seasoned painter, there will be tips and tricks in this crash course for everyone.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Palette Paper
  • Enamel tray or palette
  • Bee Paper Sketchbook Super Deluxe Mixed Media
  • Oil paints in the following colors: Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Red Medium, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Light or Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Viridian or Phthalo Green, Titanium White
  • Palette knife
  • Gamsol
  • Glass cup or jar with an airtight lid for traveling
  • A selection of brushes including no. 2 round synthetic and no. 8 filbert synthetic
  • Tupperware
  • Vegetable oil to clean brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Wood panel or gesso board
  • Mediums such as walnut oil, linseed oil, stand oil, or liquin
  • Gamvar gloss varnish
  • Gesso
  • Optional supplies: 1" craft brush, sand paper, carbon transfer paper
Learn how to:
  • Work with a limited color palette
  • Mix color and make a color wheel
  • Mix the perfect "black"
  • Make a loose sketch for painting
  • Work with oil paint and mineral spirits
  • Clean your brushes
  • Create shadows and light
  • Prepare a wooden panel for painting
  • Varnish a painting 

What you'll get
  • Easy-to-follow class by instructor and artist Erika Lee Sears on foundational oil painting skills
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Step-by-step instruction and a detaileid supply list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students

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Amber D'Amato
It definitely felt like a 101 type of class. She touched on important details of what to do and don't do. This was helpful. Thank you!
November 20, 2022
Brenda Ortiz
Loved it!
October 18, 2022
Sylvia LaMagna
Great explanation and learned a lot about color theory. Thank you for the inspiration.
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