Painting with Oils


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16 - 18+ yrs


Wed, Sep 22, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021


6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT


Santiago G.


18 students

Class Experience

El instructor habla español. L'instructeur parle français. L'istruttore parla italiano. 

This class will offer a chance to explore the multitude of materials, techniques and styles that painting in oils has to offer. Through continual studio work, demonstrations, visual presentations and suggested readings, students will be able to explore the particular characteristics and possibilities of oils in terms of traditional and contemporary techniques. Individual and group critiques will help students resolve issues of composition, color, materials, techniques and the overall effectiveness of their artwork. 

Bring materials to first class. 


- The Artist Handbook of Materials and Techniques (5th edition) by Ralph Meyer / Edited by Steven Sheehan published by Viking

Materials List for Oils:

- Surface (canvas, linen, wood)

- Oil colors (primary, other)

-Oil mediums (Galkid or Gamblin Medium Number One) 

- Mineral Spirits, Damar Varnish, Linseed Oil 

- Brushes 

- Palette 

- Rags 

- Jars for disposal of material


Experience Level: Beginning to Intermediate

Other Things To Know

Holiday Schedule
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Cancellation Policy

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How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.

Reviews for Painting with Oils

Dana S.

Oct 21, 2021


Santiago! He has a wonderful energy and sense of humor. He provides candid and constructive feedback and his direction is specific and helpful.


We'd be in person!

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Reviews for Richmond Art Center

4.8 out of 5

Based on 241 provider ratings

Caitlin T.

Nov 24, 2021


It felt like we learned all the steps to make something cool on our own. I'm super excited about it. I was impressed with how much she was able to get in.


I think there was a handout that was sent out through the Sawyer system that I didn't get initially I think because I must have signed up after the message went out. The teacher was able to send it over after the class though.

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Location: Online | Instructor: Julia Beery

Cecilia O.

Nov 21, 2021


I enjoyed meeting in person. The instructor provided basis information about water colors that covered a range of topics. Particularly helpful were the resources provided on-line after each class.


I think the class could have been more creative in terms of what we worked on and a syllabus or an outline of what each class would be about would have been helpful.

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Location: Hybrid | Instructor: Ilah Jarvis

Aria C.

Nov 21, 2021


Julia was clear and patient. She described what she was doing very well. I had done some embroidery decades ago. Her techniques are more creative and practical than what I learned back then.


The movement of the embroidered fabric made me dizzy. But I encourage you to continue offering a course like this online for several reasons. We don't want to be using our cars, we want to connect with other people even if it is just virtually, people doing embroidery tend to do indoor projects so it is a perfect activity for this time of year, and more.

Mini Embroidery
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F C.

Nov 17, 2021


Easy, accessible... inspiring. Gifted and encouraging instructor. Learned a new skill and discovered a great way to pass the time. A+

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Location: In-Person | Instructor: Kieren Dutcher

About Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, delivering exciting arts experiences to people of all ages who reflect the diverse richness of our community. We do this through onsite Studio classes and Exhibitions, and offsite Art in the Community programs.The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything we do at the Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

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