Oil Painting for the Total Beginner

Oil Painting for the Total Beginner with Emily Fox King

Unleash your inner artist and embark on a mesmerizing journey into the world of oil painting. Take the overwhelm away and jump into the rich medium of oil paints with the masterful Emily Fox King. This course is designed with beginners in mind and aims to provide an easy-to-follow and fun approach to oil painting basics. Topics covered:

Essential Foundations of Oil Painting:
Introduction to materials: paints, brushes, canvases, and more
Understanding color theory and mixing
Exploring basic "alla prima" brushwork and techniques

Creating Depth and Realism:
Grasping the concept of light and shadow
Techniques for achieving three-dimensional form that aren't boring
Loose and gestural painting techniques

Composition and Design:
Principles of balanced composition
Creating focal points within floral arrangements
The power of a well placed brushstroke

Color Mastery:
Color mixing and harmonization
Creating mood and atmosphere through color choices
Expressing emotions through a vibrant color palette

How to be Yourself:
Cultivating your own creative voice
Painting exercises you can do in 30 minutes or less
Be nice to yourself when learning a new skill

This class is presented in collaboration with John C. Campbell Folk School and Lessonface. Class capacity is 25 students. Registration closes on September 4, 2024. Students are invited to attend a large group Orientation and Closing Ceremony to connect with various classes online.

Class Materials

Students will want to provide:

- oil paints (Titanium white, Ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, Alizarin crimson, cadmium red, burnt umber)
- a roll of shop towels (they're usually blue)
- palette: either disposable palette pad, or a piece of glass 16x20 inches
- two brushes: filbert shape, bristle brush size 10 and 6
- one metal palette knife
- oil painting paper (available from arches brand)
- small canvases, canvas panels, or wood panels, size 5x7 to 8x10

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Contact the Teacher

Send a direct message from the teacher's profile page with any questions you might have about the class.

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

Since 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,500 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

Space is limited. Enroll now to reserve your spot.

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The class will meet for four weekly 60-min live online sessions on Thursdays at 7 pm ET | 4 pm PT | 23:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on September 5.

Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Oil Painting for the Total Beginner
Emily Fox King
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Oil Painting for the Total Beginner
Emily Fox King
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Oil Painting for the Total Beginner
Emily Fox King
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Oil Painting for the Total Beginner
Emily Fox King

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before the class start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward.

Refund Policy: To cancel an enrollment or request a refund, contact support@lessonface.com. For 30+ days before, we refund 95%. Between 30 and 5 days, receive a 75% refund. No refunds within 5 days of class start date. Materials kit fees are non-refundable.

Book 1:1 online lessons with Emily Fox King on their Lessonface profile.

Emily Fox King

Emily Fox King

Residing in Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily is an experienced educator in leading university courses for Utah State, Weber State and Brigham Young University as well as outreach education and children's programming for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

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