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ART 10 W — An Introduction to Oil Painting

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 19—Aug 27
Refund Deadline: Jul 22
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $410
Instructor(s): Brett Amory
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jul 19—Aug 27
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 22
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Brett Amory
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 palette, 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.

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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.