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with Jay Senetchko
Online Class

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

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 3h39m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to Palette & Value

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

2. Tints, Shades & Tones

Transition from values into a world of color as Jay breaks down the differences among tints, shades and tones. Experiment with the colors in your palette, mixing your hues with black, white and gray as you familiarize yourself with the range that you can achieve with each color. Jay demonstrates how to create gradient references that will help you re-create the exact colors that you want.

3. Creating a Monochromatic Painting

3. Creating a Monochromatic Painting

Put your budding skills into practice as you paint alongside Jay to create a monochromatic still life. You'll put down a wash, rub out the major values and set to work blocking in basic colors as you establish the value relationships in your work. Jay shares valuable tips for mapping out areas of light and shadow, developing forms, and adding a background to your still life.

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paints, brushes, canvas or board