ART 10 W — Introduction to Oil Painting
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 8—May 17
Refund Deadline: Apr 11
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Brett Amory
Class Recording Available: Yes
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 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 of oil painting 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 is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world. Working primarily in painting and installation, he explores unnoticed moments and how digital technology reshapes them. Through his art, Amory navigates the complex relationship between the physical and digital, highlighting both the connection and disconnection inherent in contemporary life. Amory’s work has been shown 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.
Lecturer in Art Practice, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.