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Dare to Paint: Advanced Oil & Acrylic Painting

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Express yourself through painting, develop your artistic style, and deepen your artistic journey in this inspiring online painting class. Artistic expression in the form of a painting class is fulfilling, relaxing and incredibly freeing! Continue to deepen, practice and discover artistic techniques while exploring subject matter that inspires you. This online painting class provides expert art instruction, exposure to advanced level painting techniques,...

Wednesday Nov 8th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)

$349

7 sessions

Dare to Paint: Beginners Oil & Acrylic Painting

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

This is an Online Art Class. Our instructors will work with you over high-quality live video and teach you to make art from the comfort of your home. The Art Studio NY conducts classes from New York City, United States (Eastern US Time Zone) Oil paints are sumptuous, exciting, and one of the most popular painting mediums used by artists throughout the world. In this intimidation-free total beginner's oil painting class, YOU will: Learn and...

Sunday Oct 1st, 3:30–5pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$225

6 sessions

Online Water - Soluble Oils 401

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

This class is available online and safe in-studio - Click here for the in-studio class Have you said no to oil painting because it is hazardous to the environment? Well now is the time to say YES! In this class, students will celebrate the deliciousness of this buttery and traditional medium in its new water-soluble, non-toxic form. Students learn the basics for mixing water-soluble oil colors and brush techniques including how to paint a...

Wednesday Sep 27th, 1–2pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

$160

4 sessions

Online Oil Pastel 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

This class is available online and safe in-studio - Click here for the in-studio class This creamy, easy-to-mix medium is ideal for the artist who is just beginning to explore color. This course provides the basics of color theory and beyond. Unique projects in Linda’s curriculum guide students to learn how to smoothly blend and apply subtle shades, tints and color mixtures to create works of art that look like an oil painting. In addition,...

Wednesday Sep 27th, 1–2pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

$160

4 sessions

Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Experiment with a variety of mediums in combination with various types of surfaces. Students can use Graphite, Gouache, Watercolor, Oil paint and Colored Pencils in this class. The surface directly influences mark making whether your style is traditional or contemporary. Many different artists used mixed media such as Degas, Romare Bearden, Jasper John, Jim Dine, and Rauschenberg just to name a few. The combinations are endless, but the basic idea...

Thursday Nov 16th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)

$430

11 sessions

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Oil Painting

The Art League @ 105 North Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Students with a solid grasp of oil painting fundamentals advance their understanding of color, composition, form, and materials. Intermediate students hone their skills and explore new challenges.  Advanced students work with painting theory and focus on completing professional-quality work. Portrait, figure, and still-life painters are welcome. Model fees are extra for all students regardless of chosen subject matter.  

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$220

9 sessions

Introduction to Oil Painting

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing @ 1776 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852

Learn the basics of oil painting materials and techniques. Explore the fundamentals of light, shade, and color composition. Paint a study from your own favorite reference photos or drawings. Experience the many possibilities of this exciting medium. It may be the beginning of a lifelong passion. All supplies provided.

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Oil Painting: Landscapein the Studio

McLean Community Center @ 1446 Chain Bridge Rd, Virginia, DC 22101

Oil Painting: Landscape in the Studio Working from their sketches, plein air paintings, and photos, students will learn to create larger, more complete finished studio paintings. The class is designed to develop a stronger understanding of the elements that unify a finished picture while sharpening the students? visual communication skills. Perspective, composition, value, light and shade, color harmony and simplification will be covered. 

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$370

8 sessions

Oil Painting: Landscape

Stone Branch School of Art @ 1331-M Rockville Pike, Washington, DC 20852

Much can be learned through analyzing and recreating the works of the world's greatest master painters. In this series of courses, students learn about the influences, color palette and painting styles of such influential movements as the Hudson River School and traditional 19th Century Fine Artist. Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction with a master copyist will provide new and seasoned artists with fresh insights and new drawing with paint...

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$288

6 sessions

Fresh Approach to Portrait Painting

McLean Community Center @ 1446 Chain Bridge Rd, Virginia, DC 22101

Fresh Approach to Portrait Painting Oil based class. This class emphasizes merging your skills and senses to produce a harmonious and interesting painting without overthinking. Students will learn the basics of portraiture and how to capture a likeness. Alla Prima, layering, and "blocking in" techniques will be taught.

No upcoming schedules
$325

7 sessions

Painting (Oil Or Acrylic)

The Art League @ 105 North Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Beginning/Intermediate This class introduces the foundational concepts for of oil and acrylic painting, covering composition, value, color, materials, and techniques. Students paint from still life or other reference materials. Drawing experience is helpful. Students need to acquire supplies for this class. A list of recommended supplies must be picked up from the School Store located in room 217 of the Torpedo Factory.  

No upcoming schedules
$220

9 sessions

Alla Prima Oil Painting: Intermediate to Advanced

Yellow Barn Studio @ 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Washington, DC 20812

This "alla prima" (at first attempt) painting course really gets to the heart of what representational painting really is, pieces of color on a canvas. Yet when the color is accurately mixed and placed next to other accurate pieces of color, the paint vibrates and tricks the eye into believing the marks are more than just paint. This class stresses application of paint and color mixing to get a bold painting the first attempt. An excellent class...

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$295

9 sessions

Portrait Painting (Oil Or Pastel)

The Art League @ 105 North Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Intermediate-- Students of the long pose enjoy a 3-to 5-week pose to produce a finished painting. Participants study the structure of the head, the skull, the muscles, the planes on the face, and the features. Students also learn to create skin tone through color studies. Homework assignments deal with clothing and background. The instructor demonstrates Òalla primaÓ (wet-on-wet) painting and glazing. Model fees are extra.  

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$375

9 sessions

Abstract Painting (Oil Or Acrylic)

The Art League @ 105 North Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This class develops studentsÕ painting skills through the self-expression of color and form. Students use color concepts from Post-Impressionism to Action Painting. The motifs of landscape, figure, and still life are examined along with the classic compositional elements of line, balance, and contrast. For novice and experienced painters, students discover the different levels of abstract - from semi-abstract to non-representational. Students respond...

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$220

9 sessions

Intermediate Painting (Oil Or Acrylic)

The Art League @ 105 North Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This class strengthens the perceptual and technical skills of students with prior experience in painting and drawing. Students work from observation and explore source material and subjects of their own choosing. The class focuses on working toward an individual aesthetic while considering the tensions of lines, shapes, planes, values, and colors in pictorial space. Painting from a model can be arranged. Any model fees extra. Students need to acquire...

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$220

9 sessions

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Discover the Best Oil Painting Classes in Washington, D.C.

The first use of oil colors has been traced back to a cave in Bamiyan, Afghanistan during the 7th century CE. Oil colors were then used for painting in 11th-century Europe, and easel painting with oil colors began in the 15th century. Artists refined oil painting over the years and oil paints themselves evolved. 

Oil painting is a highly respected fine art. Famous painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Diego Velázquez contributed to the prestige of oil painting. There’s also a misconception that oil painting is exceptionally difficult. This is largely because oil painting requires a variety of materials that you should understand well before using. One of these materials is solvent, which is used to break down oil paints to either change their consistency or to clean them off brushes. 

Oil paints are thicker and heavier, so they take longer to dry than other mediums. However, because of this, they also take longer to fade than many other mediums. If you create an oil painting, it can likely last for several hundred years in good condition. 

Why You Should Learn Oil Painting in

Painting has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress when done as a therapeutic activity. When you paint, you’re expressing your imagination and creativity. You also need to pay close attention to details. This can distract you from outside stressors and things that cause anxiety in your life. 

Oil painting can help you work on your patience. Oil paints are slow drying, although one popular painting technique requires you to paint on top of still-wet paint. Doing this will require you to practice patience and carefully consider how to proceed with your painting. However, the slow-drying time of oil paints means that there is room for mistakes, so you don’t have to be too worried if you make an errant brushstroke or need to adjust the color of your paint. 

Oil painting is a respected medium among artists. This is in part because of the popular idea that oil painting is exceedingly difficult and because famous paintings like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa are oil paintings. This has helped to create the perception that oil paintings are more valuable than other mediums. With enough practice and experience in oil painting, you may have the opportunity to display or even sell your paintings, 

In-Person Oil Painting Classes in

Sign up for in-person oil painting classes to receive hands-on instruction in oil painting basics and techniques, as well as in-depth demonstrations that you can follow along with. In-person classes are taught at local schools and studios by expert instructors who can provide you with constructive feedback and advice. 

New and returning in-person oil painting classes offered in the area are listed on CourseHorse. These classes range from beginner to advanced level. Beginner classes typically focus on the fundamentals of oil painting: color theory, color mixing, and application techniques. Intermediate-level classes will typically expand on techniques while allowing you to work on individual projects. Advanced-level classes will focus on one or several advanced techniques and will challenge you to explore the boundaries of your creativity while oil painting. 

Previous oil painting classes taught in the DC area have introduced students to oil painting, taught the process of painting a landscape, and gone in-depth on popular oil painting techniques. If in-person oil painting classes interest you, check back regularly on CourseHorse to see if any are being offered at a school or studio near you. 

Virtual Oil Painting Classes 

If you can’t take an in-person oil painting class or if there are none offered in your area, don’t be discouraged; you can still take an oil painting class. Virtual oil painting classes are offered remotely through online video platforms. These classes are taught by experts from around the country on a variety of topics. Classes can be found for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level painters. 

One thing to keep in mind if you’re taking a virtual oil painting class is that you’ll need to procure the necessary supplies yourself. In-person classes may supply you with most or some supplies, which makes them ideal if you’re just starting and don’t have tools. However, if you take an online class, your instructor will include a supply list on the class page and may even direct you to an online retailer to purchase them. 

Online Oil Pastel 101 is a virtual oil painting class offered by Pastimes for a Lifetime. This class will provide you with a basic understanding of oil paintings. Your instructor will teach you about using oil paints, color theory, and color mixing. You must first take their online Intro to Drawing class or an equivalent before taking this class. 

If you have some experience with oil painting, you can sign up for the Richmond Art Center’s Abstract Painting class. This intermediate class will be spent working on an original abstract painting. Instruction for this class is also available in Spanish.

The Evanston Art Center hosts an online oil painting discussion and critique class. This class encourages questions and lively discussion in the hopes of providing each student with valuable feedback and advice on their oil paintings. You’ll be able to share your ideas and works in progress as well as engage in constructive feedback with other students. 

Private Group Oil Painting Classes in

Are you interested in booking a private group oil painting for your business or organization in the area? CourseHorse can deliver classes to you.