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Paint & Palette Essentials: A Beginner's Guide to Oil Painting

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Learn to use color-mixing techniques and a variety of palettes to create eye-catching works of art!

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Jay Senetchko
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Master beginner oil painting skills as fine artist Jay Senetchko guides you through a colorful still life painting. Begin by setting up a monochromatic palette, and dive into value as you use light and dark to develop dimensional forms. Explore tints, tones and shades, and learn how to create endless colors with a limited color palette. Then, incorporate an Impressionist palette to enliven your still life with rich, saturated hues. Use glazing to adjust and refine your work, and discover Jay’s easy-to-use tips for adding eye-catching contrast and fixing mistakes. End class with the confidence to paint beautiful, balanced compositions and to bring all your work to life with color!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Palette & Value
Meet your instructor, fine artist and author Jay Senetchko. You'll start with a careful introduction to basic oil palettes, learning about the properties and colors of paint, various mediums and more. Next, Jay helps you start your first study as you block in the basic forms of your still life and develop the values.
2. Tints, Shades & Tones
3. Creating a Monochromatic Painting
4. Basic Color Theory With Mixing
5. Practical Application of Color Theory
6. Expanding the Color Palette
7. Applying the Saturated Palette
8. Glazing Techniques

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paints, brushes, canvas or board

Taught by

Jay Senetchko
Jay Senetchko
Jay Senetchko is primarily self-taught, and began his career as an apprentice for artists Gideon Flitt and Odd Nerdrum. His work has been exhibited internationally and has garnered numerous awards. Since 2002, Senetchko has taught life-drawing, perspective, composition, color theory and art history at Vancouver Film School. He is also the author of Making Pictures Speak: Composition for the Visual Arts, a textbook on perspective and composition for visual art.

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