Introduction to Oil Painting


Linda Holmes, Linda Holmes Fine Art

Thursdays, May 16, 2019 through Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Painting is fun. It is a way to relax, to realize how creative energy is gift you give yourself, and a wonderful means of escaping into a world of your own design.

This course is designed for adults interested in learning how to paint with oils. It is a beginner level, four session class weekly class, but also helpful for those with a desire to return to painting or refresh their skills even if other mediums were used. Drawing, doodling, watching You Tube learn-to-draw videos, or picking up a very basic learn-to-draw book are all very helpful.

The Necessary by Linda Holmes


Day 1: Using Your Materials and Supplies, How to Care for Them

How to set up a space for painting at home so you can continue to practice. Discussion about terms and what they mean. How to use the color wheel. What are warm and cool colors and how to use them. How to layout your palette.

Day 2: Composition (Design)

How to start a painting. A beginner lesson in composition. We'll start with one simple object and paint it. No worries ... it's fun and the foundation for day three.

Discussions about what is art. Terms or language of art, such as plein air, what's all that info on a tube of paint, etc.

Day 3: Values

What are values and why are they the most important concept in any painting? We’ll paint them.

Day 4: Composition, Value, and Color

More composition and value and color studies as we dig deeper into perfecting these skills. The importance of brush strokes.

Although all the above are the plan, it's important to enjoy this journey. Painting is a process, but it needs to be fun, not intimidating. So, in that vein, our class time is informal, friendly, and open to questions, laughter, and discussions. You're an artist as soon as you've walked into class ... that's the only thing not up for discussion!

Supplies List

Participants in this painting course will be required to purchase their own supplies.


  • Cadmium red or napthol Red
  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Cobalt blue
  • Titanium white

*Oil paints can be regular oils or water soluble(w/s). Be sure all paints are artist grade. For water-soluble oil paints, be sure to use only synthetic brushes and linseed or any mediums specifically created for water-soluble oil paints.

Other Required Items*

  • Pie shape metal palette knife about 1 1/2#
  • Bristle oil paint brushes, long handle, sizes 5 and 7 or 6 and 8 (natural or synthetic). Synthetic brushes must be used with water soluable oils. Natural bristle brush hair does not tolerate water. (quantity: 2)
  • Oil painting pad 8x10 (10 sheets per pad) ... no canvases, please
  • Walnut oil or linseed oil. If using water-soluble oil paints, linseed oil made for water-soluable paints must be used.
  • Easel
  • Palette ... either glass, wood or, tray palette paper, 11"x14" (lots of room is needed for making colors. Plastic palettes do not work with oil paints.
  • Paper towel roll ... with smoothest surface, like Viva
  • Small containers or covered jars to use for linseed or walnut oil (2)
  • Plastic bag for trash
  • Wax paper, plastic wrap, foil, or some thing to cover colors on palettes.
  • Color wheel
*The quantities needed are one unless otherwise specified.

Intermediate Class

If you're interested in an intermediate class, please let Chris Glenn at know of your interest.

$105.00 for members, $140.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 12 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
The Yurt, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this course.