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Traditional French Oil Painting Techniques

4-Session Weekend Studio Arts Course

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Upcoming Session:
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00WM
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$165 - Member
$185 - Non-Member

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"The Little Knitter" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1882

NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Explore the traditional French academic painting techniques from the 17th to 18th centuries. Through presentations and hands-on exercises, learn technical secrets and gain insight into how artists such as Jean Dominique Ingres, Jacque-Louis David, William-Adolphe Bougereau, and Elizabeth Vigee LeBrun achieved their signature effects, such as creating an underpainting known as a grisaille, building up color with glazes, and creating a highly polished smooth finish.

Sessions include lectures, painting demonstrations, and hands-on painting techniques. Students draw on the techniques of the Masters as they learn to broaden their range of skills.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.

Other Information

  • The instructor is Adrienne Wyman.
  • 4 sessions, 3 hours each
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.

Patron Information

  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
  • Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
  • View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.