Oil painting of portrait of a man wearing a red shirt looking down. Janet Hill

Introduction to Painting with Oils


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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

In this online course students will learn the basics of oil painting including paint mixing, palette construction, brush techniques, canvas/board preparation, safety measures, and more. Students will also learn the foundations of painting’s visual language like color, composition, texture and hierarchy. Over the course of the term students will work from long-term still-lifes they are prompted to set-up in their home and return to during each Zoom class session. Each session will begin with a brief painting exercise meant to loosen up the artist’s hand and provide an opportunity for experimentation with mark and expression. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to close observation and skill-development.  Individual feedback will be provided during each session as students work to improve their paintings across multiple sittings. No prior painting experience is required. Beginners are welcome.

This online class uses the ZOOM platform.

Janet Loren Hill is a painter who works in a variety of media. Her portraits and installations are seeped in the history of painting and deploy color as a world-building device.  She has exhibited at numerous galleries nationally including Field Projects Gallery (NY, NY), Blindfold Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Stone Gallery’s exhibition of “Boston Young Contemporaries”. … Read more