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Water Street Studios School of Art

Introduction to Oil Painting Portraiture (For Teens 14 +) (3 - D Classroom)

with Nikki Kelsay


Learn to paint with oils in this five session class.  This class guides students through the process of painting a portrait using oil paint. This session class will meet Monday July 29th, Wednesday July 31st, Friday August 1st, Monday August 5 and finish Wednesday August 7th. 

Students will go over the basics of oil painting and learn about color mixing, lean vs. fat, value (lights and darks), creating washes, underpainting, and grisaille. Both anatomy, and proportions will be discussed and practiced using oil paints. Students will create their own portrait paintings over the course of this 5-week class.

What you will need to bring to class on first day:

  • Oil Paints (Basic Set of colors): Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Ivory Black, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson.
  •  A Selection of brushes: #1/ #3/ #5 round brushes, #4 filbert brush, and 3/8” flat brush or similar; Turpentine, Linseed oil, paper palettes, a palette knife, small mason jar with Lid (for turpentine), Cotton Rags (2), brush cleaner(optional) and a bag or box to carry your supplies in.
  • 3 Canvases 11" x 14" or larger. 

* Supplies are readily available from stores such as Amazon, Dick Blick and Michaels. 

Class can be repeated to refine and build skills.


  • Jul 29 - Aug 7th, 2024
    Mon, Wed, and Fri for 2 weeks from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Water Street Studios


160 S. Water Street
Batavia, IL 60510 Get directions

Room: 3 - D Classroom

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