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Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

8-Session Weekend Course

Saturday, January 25 to March 21, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)
Code: 1K00UT

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Oil painting techniques have evolved over the centuries, with each generation of artists learning from earlier masters and adding to that body of knowledge through trial, error, and experience.

In this class, students explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today. Sessions include lectures, painting demonstrations, and exercises designed to offer an opportunity to practice the skills of the masters, using the exact colors, canvas types, and paint application techniques.

Through viewing paintings at the National Gallery and practice in the studio, students learn technical secrets and understand how artists achieved their signature effects.
The objective is not to copy the style of a famous artist, but to learn skills that can be utilized in your own work. The combination of art history and hands-on painting can broaden any artist’s range of skills.

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Instructor: Adrienne Wyman

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

8 sessions; 3 hours each (no class Feb. 15)

*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.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)