Learning and understanding values in painting is key to success with color. We will explore elements of form, color, line, and texture, along with composition, using oil or acrylic paint on canvas. We will do exercises taking a photo image into an impressionist painting and then on to a fauvist painting. I will demonstrate each style of each painting. You may follow along with planned exercises, or you can choose to work independently with your own images and receive individual instruction.


Serious beginners and seasoned painters are most welcome. Please email me if you have any questions: sharoncaroldemery@gmail.com. I am always available to help.


Thursdays, 1–4 PM

September 24–November 12 (8 Weeks, 24 Total Hours of Instruction)




We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. This mimics, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. In this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, this format allows us to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building.


The technology to make this happen is quite simple. You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.


Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.


Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.


MATERIALS: Oil or Acrylic Paint: We can mix all colors with these basic eight colors of paint: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian Green or Phthalo Green.


Brushes: GOOD QUALITY BRUSHES are very important. A #2 and #4 flat brush and as many #6 and #8 flat brushes as you have. The more the better! For oil, I use Signet (by Robert Simmons) bristle brushes. You can also use Escoda Clasico brushes. For acrylic, choose Pro-Stroke or other good brands.


Other: Disposable 12" x 16" paper palette; odorless Turpenoid; linseed oil for oil paint; soft vine charcoal; palette knife, 2" blade (no bigger!); paper towels; 11" x 14" canvas or canvas boards.


Recommended: Masterson plastic box with lid to keep your palette and paints fresh; Silicoil jar with spring inside; small cups for linseed oil, sketchbook; simple set of color pencils; soft terry cloth rags; two tall thin containers to hold your wet and dry brushes. Most of these materials can be purchased at Artist & Craftsman Supply in Hillcrest, if they are open. Otherwise, check online at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff (www.cheapjoes.com), Jerry’s Artarama (www.jerrysartarama.com), or Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com). Please don’t worry if you don’t have all the items the first day.


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