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Five Consecutive Fridays
March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 from 11:00am - 2:00pm (street parking is free from 11-2)
Instructor: Paul Brand
Ages: 18+

Paul will provide demonstrations and individual instruction throughout. The cost of registration for the full five weeks is $135. You can also register for individual sessions for $30 apiece. Students who have taken one of Paul's classes before are welcome to drop in for individual sessions, but if you have never worked with Paul before, we recommend taking the whole course. 

First Session: Getting to Know Your Colors

Painting with a limited palette facilitates learning how to mix colors and adjust values. A good simple palette consists of pairs of warm and cool colors of the primaries (red, yellow, and blue) along with white. Here is the recommended palette:

Golden Open brand colors:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Primrose (Cool)
Cadmium Yellow Medium (Warm)
Quinacridone Magenta (Cool)
Cadmium Red Medium (Warm)
Thalo Blue (Cool)
Ultramarine Blue (Warm)

If you already have paints, bring them to the first session. Other less expensive brands may be substituted if necessary.

With these colors, almost any hue can be mixed. We will learn to match the colors we see.

Second Session: Choosing a Subject and Making a Value Study

Value studies (simple black, white, and gray pictures) are a vital part of creating the painting you want. Working from a photograph on a 6x8" canvas panel, we'll make a simple pencil sketch and then a painting using only black (mixed from red, yellow, and blue) and white paint. This value study will become the basis of a full color painting. Use the value study to plan your painting; the idea is to create a painting with contrast that catches the viewer's attention.

Third Session: Painting a Picture

Make a pencil value sketch of your subject, then transfer it to a 9x12 canvas panel. Choose an overall color scheme and then proceed to paint your picture, background first then foreground.

Fourth Session: Basics of Landscape Painting

Paint sky first, then middle ground, and foreground last. Mix sky colors and foliage with the limited palette. Use color and value to create realistic trees, grass, rocks, etc. as needed for your scene. Make distant objects recede by adding blue and lightening the value. Bring near objects forward with warm colors and detail.

Fifth Session: Practice a Painting from Your Photograph

Create a new painting working from a favorite photograph or still life object.


  • Brushes: any brand of synthetic brush labeled for acrylics is okay. See the picture on the left for examples of brush shapes by clicking on the thumbnail to enlarge it. From the left, these brush shapes are filbert and round. Get two filberts (numbers 6 and 10) and one round (number 8). Brush sizes are different from different manufacturers; for example, a number 10 may be bigger from one manufacturer than a number 10 from another. Get the largest brushes available in these sizes.
  • Paint colors listed above
  • Canvas panels 9x12; how many are needed will depend on your progress; they are available for sale at the Art Supply Depo.
  • Disposable palette 12x16" with 50 sheets, or disposable Styrofoam dinner plates
  • 8x10" spiral bound sketchbook
  • 2B pencil
  • Kneaded eraser

"Mallard Lake in May" by Paul Brand
Acrylic painting
11 x 14

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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