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Oil Painting: Session 4

5 Session Oil Painting


September - October Session:
September 7, September 14, September 21, September 28, October 5
Each class meets from 12 - 3pm

October - November Session:
October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, November 23
Each class meets from 12 - 3pm

In this 5-week course you the student will be introduced to fundamental oil painting techniques used for centuries since the development of the medium. By the end of the fifth class you will have begun to develop a familiarity with oil paint which will allow you to continue to learn on your own, regardless of whether your ultimate goal is to paint realistically or abstractly. Working from a still-life, each of you will develop a painting in stages and layers throughout the 5-week course. During this process various painting techniques will be introduced such as imprimatura, scumbling, glazing, and others. Each class will begin with a brief description of the particular technique we will approach in that class, as well as a brief demonstration by the instructor. You will spend the majority of the class painting, during which the instructor will offer help and critique to students individually.

Materials to bring: 

- Prepared 12x16" canvas
- Palette, 12x16" or larger, plastic or wood, rectangular or round; see for example:
- Palette knife, metal
- Rags, cotton, most art supply or hardware stores sell packages of rags
- 2 small jars that have lids that can be sealed
- An assortment of oil painting brushes; Filbert and Round shaped brushes are most versatile, Bristle and Synthetic Sable hair brushes are best and most cost effective, and a variety of sizes from 1/8" to 1" will allow a greater range of detail and mark making. See for example:

Instructor Bio:
Instructor bio: Karl Koett is a contemporary realist painter focused on still life and the figure. He earned his BA from Ball State University and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. As well as having exhibited nationally, Karl has been awarded international residencies and has his work featured in various collections. His work can be found at

Week 1 

  • Introduction to materials and methods
  • Color theory
  • Composition
  • Imprimatura

Week 2

  • Introduction to Dead Palette

Weeks 3 and 4

  • Dead palette and Extended palette
  • Scumbling, Velatura

Weeks 5 

  • Extended palette
  • Glazing

Purchase here:

Earlier Event: September 27
Figure Drawing
Later Event: September 29
Figure Drawing