Painting with Joe A. Oakes

Pastel Painting with Joe A. Oakes

Learn the basic techniques for creating a beautiful pastel painting. Practice these techniques while creating your own finished piece. We will discuss the material and its uses, as well as tools and accessories to help make your painting experiences more successful! Discussions will also be accompanied by demonstrations. Learn in a fun, relaxed environment that will help you be inspired and grow, no matter your current skill level.

• Basics pastel techniques
• Wet & dry applications
• Tools and supplies

Thursday, January 28, 12 noon–2:30 p.m.
1-day workshop: $30

Pastel Supply List

Acrylic Painting Techniques with Joe A. Oakes

Take your paintings to the next level. Learn how acrylic paint moves and reacts, and about texture, brush strokes, and mark making. We'll practice how best to use the properties of acrylic paint to our advantage and discover how it fits into your painting style. You are welcome to follow along and paint with the demonstrations. Everything will be explained as well as demonstrated. Learn in a fun, relaxed environment that will help experienced artists grow and beginners be inspired. This workshop is designed for all skill levels.

• Brush and palette knife painting
• Wet & dry brush techniques
• Acrylic painting mediums

Thursday, February 25, 12 noon–2:30 p.m.
1-day workshop: $30

Basic Composition for Painting with Joe A. Oakes

Take your ordinary image and transform it into an extraordinary, finished painting. By following a few simple rules and eliminating unnecessary items in your reference material, you’ll be creating better compositions. Give your artwork depth and perspective as well as the ability to lead viewers through it. There will be discussions as well as demonstrations of this most important element of art. A solid composition is the key to a great painting. Oil and pastel painters also welcome. This workshop is designed for all skill levels.

• Rules for composition
• What to leave in; what to take out
• Give your painting depth & perspective

Thursday, March 25, 12 noon–2:30 p.m.
1-day workshop: $30

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This Supplies List is NOT mandatory. The materials listed here are what I use and are just a starting point. Although it’s helpful in the explanation and demonstration of techniques when everyone is using the same supplies, you are welcome to bring and use any supplies you already have.

Reference material: Students should have several printed images of scenes to use as reference. Depending on the format of the class or workshop, a variety of subject matter is acceptable. Images should have been taken by the student, but other images cut from magazines, newspapers, etc., are also acceptable. It is recommended that you do not use images only available on a phone or images of paintings by other artists. A sketchbook with drawings from your images would also be helpful.

Paint: I use a palette of eight colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Hansa yellow Light, Red Rose Deep, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Payne’s Gray, and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (for underpainting). There are several brands to choose from: Holbein, Da Vinci, M. Graham, Sennelier, Etc. If you use student grade or inexpensive brands, you just won’t be happy with the results. Also, these inexpensive brands do not have the same pigment load as professional brands. Additionally, if you have already established a color palette for yourself, feel free to use those colors.

Brushes: A wide selection of brushes can be found locally and online in all price ranges. If you are new to painting and/or are trying to keep costs down, I suggest Princeton Snap! Or Robert Simmons – Simply Simmons brushes. I mostly use the Princeton brand and recommend only long handle brushes! You’ll want to get one of each: #10 or #12 natural bristle flat or bright, #6 natural bristle filbert, #6 synthetic round brush, #4 Synthetic round brush, and #2 liner.

Additional items:

  • Freezer paper or 9”x12” pad of palette paper
  • Tabletop easel
  • Stretched canvas – 11”x14” for 1-day workshop, 16”x20” or larger for classes.
  • Water misting bottle
  • Palette knife
  • Water container, preferably plastic
  • Vine charcoal
  • Paper towels