Oil Painting 101
All levels | 1 hour 6 min
Oil Painting 101
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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Class Reviews
147 users recommended this class to a friend
Stella Michaels
Demo was clear and easy to follow
January 31, 2023
Christine Teague
Good starter course. Simple, clear explanations and close-up demonstrations. Nice round-up of materials and tools the novice needs to get started.
More than 3 months ago
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!
More than 3 months ago