- Session: Nov 6th – Dec 11th (Wednesday’s)
- Session: March 10th – April 14th (Tuesday’s)
- Time: 5:30-8pm
- Instructor: Steve Chmilar
- Experience: Beginners. Patience and desire are the only prerequisites.
- Ages: 16+
- Cost: $140/ 6 classes
- Supplies: Listed below
If you have ever wondered how artists like DaVinci or Rembrandt could have created such breathtaking works of art, then this course is for you. Even if you are a beginner, you can learn the steps and techniques that the great masters used to paint timeless masterpieces. Climbing the tallest mountain is possible if you take it one step at a time.
In this six session introductory workshop, Steve Chmilar will demystify the atelier oil painting method by breaking it down in the easily manageable steps. All the materials you will need can be found at any art store. This course will be taught in an odour free environment without the use of any toxic mediums such as thinner or turpentine.
Encouraging note: It is commonly thought that oil painting is more difficult than acrylic. I will show you why it is actually easier in many ways. The word ‘classical’ may sound advanced but this course is designed to give painters at any skill level a sound understanding of fundamental techniques that can be used for any style.
Steve Chmilar is one of Canada’s foremost New Contemporary painters. Since his debut show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2011, he has painted full-time by selling his work internationally to private collectors. In 2012, he won best in show at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit (Canada’s largest juried exhibition) and Prix De La Meilleure Oeuvre (Prize for Best Work) Mtl en Arts in Montreal. He has been featured on HiFructose,com and John Dalton’s Gently Does it podcast. Recently, he placed as a top finalist out of thousands of international entries in two of the internets largest art competitions: the 2nd annual Jonathan LeVine projects Delusional Art Competition and the Beautiful Bizarre Magazines Art Prize.
Steve’s teaching style is patient and encouraging. “I strive to make a learning environment as relaxed as possible while giving out a lot of information. A light-hearted, low-pressure space that is full of positive energy is the best place to absorb new information and experiment”.
Must have for first class: (not supplied by instructor)
Small canvas or painting panel:
Primed. 9”x12” is an ideal size. Up to 12”12” or 12”x15” can work as well.
-Flat or angle flat: small, medium to large or 8 to 20 or 1/4” to 1” (8mm to 24mm)
-Filbert: small to medium, 1 to 4 or 1/4” to 1/2” (8mm to 12mm)
-Round: very small to medium, 0 to 6, most importantly sizes 2 to 4.
(small 37ml tubes are plenty – any brand including water mixable)
For the First Class: Raw umber or Burnt umber are must haves
For the Second Class: White, umber, ultramarine blue are must haves
For classes three through six:
– Titanium white and a fast drying white such as Gamblin’s Quick Dry White, Fastmatte or Flake White Replacement.
– Burnt Umber, Raw Umber or both.
– A primary yellow such as Lemon Yellow, Hansa Yellow light, Cadmium Yellow light or any yellow labelled primary.
– An earth yellow such as Yellow Ochre or Transparent Earth Yellow.
– A primary (bright) red such as Cadmium Red Light, Napthol Red or any red labelled primary.
– A transparent dark or earth red such as Alizarin Crimson or Transparent Earth Red.
– Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue or Prussian Blue.
The paints listed above are very likely to be used in our class. Feel free to bring any other oil paints that you already have as they may be used in the third or fourth class.
– Refined Linseed Oil. Any small quantity of any brand will do.
– Mixing surface or palette of any kind.
– Palette Knife: any small trowel shaped knife will do.
– Rags or cloths. One or two is plenty.
Supplied by instructor during the first class will be as follows:
Brush dip for cleaning and storing brushes.
Notes on technical information and theory.
Feel free to bring any other oil paints that you already have.