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ART 10 — An Introduction to Oil Painting

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 25—Mar 8
Time: 5:00—6:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 27
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $290
Instructor(s): Brett Amory
Limit: 35
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on February 15. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Mondays
5:00—6:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 25—Mar 8
6 weeks
Drop By
Jan 27
0 Unit
Fees
$290
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Brett Amory
Limit
35
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on February 15. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
This course offers an introduction to the techniques, materials, and vocabulary used in oil painting. We will focus on the still life as our subject matter. Using a limited palate, students will learn about the importance of value—the main tool we have for creating the illusion of three-dimensional forms on a flat surface and the ways light and shadow establish the contrast and contour shape of the object—as well as color harmony and the ways in which the medium can be used. Students will also gain an understanding of warm and cool colors, composition, cropping, overlapping, and placement in the picture plane. Finally, we will cover how to prepare a work area that enables a painter to focus for extended periods of time, how to properly stage a still life, and how to paint from a photograph, which will be the final painting assignment. Students will leave the course with a solid understanding of oil painting techniques and how to start and finish a painting from life and from a photograph.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $75–$100 on these materials.

Brett Amory, Lecturer in Art Practice, Stanford

Brett Amory's multidisciplinary practice is based on the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world. Amory’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. He was an artist in residence at San Francisco's de Young Museum in 2017. Amory received an MFA from Stanford.
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