DIRECT PAINTING FROM OBSERVATION: OILS WITH LIMITED PALETTE

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DIRECT PAINTING FROM OBSERVATION: OILS WITH LIMITED PALETTE

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Saturday, April 22nd from 1pm to 5pm
Sunday, July 16th from 1pm to 5pm
Instructor: Aaron Pickens
Ages: adults

In this one-session oil painting class led by Aaron Pickens, students will be taught how to analyze visual information, establish a loose drawing/underpainting, efficient color mixing, and considerations for applying opaque paint. By the end of the workshop, students will establish a full color block in for a painting of a simple still life. 

The workshop is best for adults, and students ideally should have at least a minimal background in painting or drawing. 

Pricing Note: The April 22 class is offered at a $35 reduced introductory rate. The July class and moving forward, Direct Painting will be offered regularly at $45.

Students should bring the following supplies to class, or arrive early to purchase them - most are available at the Depo!


Oil Paints:
Titanium White
Arylide/Hansa Yellow (cool)
Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm)
Cadmium Red (warm)
Quinacridone Red (cool)
Ultramarine Blue (warm)
Pthalo Blue or Cerulean Blue (cool)

Brushes:
A selection of firm and soft bristles brushes ranging from small to medium sizes. 

Additional Supplies:
Mixing Tray / Palette
Medium Sized Canvas or Panel (8" x 10" would be perfect!)
Shop Rags
Mineral Spirits / Thinner
Palette Knife

Please bring a notebook and writing utensil for taking notes. A tabletop easel is also required, as students should plan to paint in an upright position. (Another option would be using a portable plein air kit, a pochade box, which would be more than acceptable for the workshop!)  A very limited number of tabletop easels are available to borrow from the Depo, please contact us in advance if you need one - they will be first come first served!

About the Teacher:  

Toledo, Ohio native Aaron Pickens is a Toledo School for the Arts 2007 graduate.  In December of 2011, Aaron completed his BFA in Digital Arts at BGSU with a focus on animation and illustration. In addition, he was the recipient of a CURS grant, and the Amy Ringholz Art Supply Award.          

Furthering his education, Aaron was accepted to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as both a student and grad assistant.  Aaron completed his MFA there in May 2015 where he focused on representational painting, specifically intricate paintings of toys. In April 2015, Aaron’s painting “Old Yella” was accepted into the 79th Annual Midyear Juried Show at the Butler Institute of American Art, a national competition.        

Aaron Pickens currently resides in Grand Rapids, Ohio, where he is assisting internationally renowned digital instillation artist, Erwin Redl, and teaching at Adrian College in Michigan. 

Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.

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