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Oil: Expressive Urban Landscapes


Mondays, April 3, 10, & 24   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Oksana Zhelisko.

Are you an oil student with some experience wishing to expand your capabilities? Have you ever been in the midst of a vivid urban scene full of movement & colour, or photographed one, and wished you could create an exciting painting from it? In these three evening classes you will learn how to paint an expressive urban landscape in oils indoors from a reference picture.

Class 1: Follow step-by-step instructions using the colours listed above. Learn to apply open, energetic brushwork to your subject. Colour use and composition will also be emphasized.

Classes 2 & 3: In these classes you are invited to use your own inspiring reference images. Choose images from your own photos or from another source to create of your masterpieces. Your instructor will guide you through your own painting journey.

In this class series you will also learn how to make colour accents, how to add abstract patterns to your landscape, how to scale your picture to suite the size of your canvas, how to put figures and cars into the painting without getting too detailed, how to simplify the perspective, and how to make your painting a personal statement. This is great knowledge for the traveler or the armchair traveler – or any painter.

By the end of series, you will have accomplished three small paintings. You will walk away with lots of inspiration and ideas. Happy Painting!

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Oil Paints based on Gamblin colours: Titanium White   Cadmium Lemon   Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cerulean Blue Hue   Phthalo Turquoise   Payne’s Grey *

* These colours are used in the first step-by-step class. (The colours are great for creating a night scene.) You may need more colours depending on the images you choose for Classes 2 & 3. The instructor will help you to select them.

Oil medium: Galkyd Lite

Supports: 2 9x12” canvases and 1 10x10” canvas

Brushes: Princeton Bristle Filberts #2, #6, & #8     Liner brush #0

You may also wish to bring, suitable art clothes, notepad, snack, & drink

About the Instructor: Classically trained in Eastern Europe, Oksana began her career as an artist in L'viv, Ukraine. Oksana entered the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts in 1996. There she studied all aspects of art and decided to make painting, especially of murals, her specialty. In 2001, she held her first solo exhibition at the L'viv University of Ivan Franko. Oksana brings her training, skill, and passion to her painting, and she is versatile in expressive styles. She is adept at many genres, including portraiture, still life, and landscape.