Academic Oil Painting for Youth (Ages 12+)

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DateOctober 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Time04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Reoccurs 1 Thursdays
10/07/21 - 10/28/21

Location 10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States

Member's Price $125

Non-Member's Price $150



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Event details

The oil painting class will focus on the Academic Method.

The Academic Method is the painting technique of applying mutable layers of oil paint from heavy opaque layers to transparent colors thinned using mediums (glazes) developed by the Renaissance painters and favored by Michelangelo, Rafael and other high Renaissance and Romantic painters. It involves First creating an underpainting that portrays only the light and dark values of the subject. Some artists prefer to use blue/gray or green/gray tones and others, such as the Venetian masters and Rembrandt, use brown tones. Once the artist is satisfied with the underpainting and the likeness, they then apply the colors and transparent layers called glazes. The glazes are what give the paintings their depth and dimensionality. The Academic Method is based on a set of rules developed by the masters.

We will be using this method to paint sunsets in our 4-week session. This way, the students may focus on the painting method instead of the drawing skills.

Supply list (provided by Instructor):

  • Drawing Pad (11×14)
  • Canvas (11×14)
  • Oil paints, brushes, mediums, that are needed to complete the painting

Additional Supplies Needed:

  • Drawing Pad (11×14)
  • 2-B charcoal pencil
  • A color and Black/white copy of the Sunset your child is interested in painting. Please print each out on paper (8×10)

Sonya McCarter • Education Director

Why use this painting technique? We see with our eyes in a way that is called “binocularly” (two lenses). The camera sees “monocular” (one lens). Since it takes two lenses to create depth perception, the simple act of photographing a subject flattens the image, while reprinting flattens it yet again and the values often change. Julie’s job is to take a two-dimensional canvas and paint a subject or landscape that looks three-dimensional. In addition to the Academic Method, she uses impressionistic techniques when dealing with light since light is ever moving and changing. Just as with the great masterworks, these paintings are best experienced in person so the viewer can see the depth and beauty of the art.


Julie Griffin