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Beginning and Intermediate Oil Painting Classes
Karen Wray, Instructor
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Karen Wray, owner and artist, painting.

Beginning
Have you been thinking about learning how to paint? It's time to treat yourself and sign up for Beginning Painting in Oils Class taught by artist and gallery owner Karen Wray. This class is ideal for the absolute beginner or for those who want to learn the fundamentals of painting. We use oil as a medium because it is very forgivable, dries slowly, and blends easily. Students will learn about the materials, brushes, and surfaces or supports, how to mix paints to make the desired color, brush techniques, how to create the illusion of a 3D form on a 2D surface using values, basic drawing and simple composition, and some atmospheric perspective. Instructor will use demonstrations and discussion, in addition to student’s hands-on experience to introduce basic concepts. You will never see everyday things the same way again!
Two separate classes are now offered:
Thursday mornings, 9:30-12:30 starting January 25,
Saturday mornings, 9:30-12:30, starting January 27.
Classes run for eight weeks and the cost is $215 plus supplies (supply list available now).


Intermediate
More emphasis is placed in this class on building skills and confidence through practice and experimentation. The Beginning Class is highly recommended as a prerequisite. Students should have a working knowledge and some experience with basic painting fundamentals. Students will use their own photographs and will work on several paintings at a time. Students will be encouraged to try different color schemes, try different formats, change elements to improve their design, and experiment with other subject matter and designs. I guarantee you will be hooked on painting after this!
Class begins:
Tuesday mornings, 9:30-12:30 starting January 23,
Class runs for eight weeks and the cost is $215 plus supplies (supply list available now).

About the Instructor
After many years of painting, Karen Wray developed a painting class that focused on absolute beginners, presenting material in an order that is satisfying to students and encourages them to continue and build on their skills. "My classes are precisely what I was looking for when I first started learning how to paint, but couldn't find. Now my students are learning and making progress much faster than I did on my own."

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