Newburyport Adult & Community Education

Starting Point to an Oil Painting: What’s Inside Your Paintbox?

Class Description

Robert Richardson

This 2-day workshop is designed to encourage both serious beginners and more experienced artists looking for a new direction. Participants will come away with a working knowledge of the art of “making a painting” and the essential “tools of the trade” to achieve individual objectives. Among the topics and techniques that will be covered are: paints, brushes, color, light, composition, tools and materials, rendering techniques, and imagery transfer methods.

Students will end the workshop with a small 9” x 12” still life oil painting and a clear process for moving from the starting sketch to a completed painting. Robert Richardson paints to capture a moment or a place with the intention of imprinting his feelings for that place or moment. He is a member of the NAA and the NH Seacoast Artist Association, and has taught painting at the Doylestown Community Conservatory School.

Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8, 2024. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
(lunch break from 12:00 noon – 12:45pm). Location: Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport.
Cost: $295. Minimum 4 people; Maximum 6.
The instructor will provide all materials.


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Contact Patty St. John at 978-992-8060 or for more information.

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