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Oil Painting Boot Camp - In Person

2 Session Weekend Studio Arts Course

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Upcoming Session:
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00JV
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$215 - Non-Member
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Materials for this program

  1. COVID-19 Policy for In-Person Classes (updated 6/13/22)
  2. Supply List

By Adrienne Wyman

NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, October 14, 2022.

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-session workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil, so that you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

The first session covers understanding and choosing materials; setting up your work space; getting started on a painting; methods of drawing on canvas; color theory and color mixing; and paint application, texture, and brush strokes.

The second session begins with an instructor-led tour of selected paintings at the National Gallery of Art to gain technical insights into great masterpieces. Students head back to the studio to put their new skills and inspirations to work and create a painting.

The workshop is designed to require minimal paint colors and brushes to keep supply costs low and create a solid foundation for the artist’s paintbox. Each day includes a lunch break; students provide their own meal.

Note: In-person programs are not recorded.

Other Information

  • The instructor is Adrienne Wyman.
  • 2 sessions, 6 hours each
  • This studio arts program is in-person. CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the program will be followed.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)