This course is designed for students to expand upon painting techniques and introduce more experimental processes within the painting practice. Throughout the course students will learn the history of abstract painting and what it means to be an abstract painter today. Class exercises will be painting to music, painting from various still life and will include mini lectures in art history. Previous experience in painting is encouraged.
TUITION: $230 + FEES: $20
Jennifer Benn's paintings explore the world of science & technology, space exploration and other topics she finds fascinating. She has over 15 years of Art teaching experience and you can skim her CV at www.jbenn.com. MFA from Syracuse, BFA from UNH - She also spent a semester at MassArt and SACI in Firenze as well as artist residencies in Vermont, Spain & Ireland. Current paintings include a multi-panel piece on Mars, a Moonscape and future plans for Mars Rovers and the Mercury 13.
- Acrylic Paint: A good selection of colors that you are familiar with using. Bring them all. If you haven't bought any yet try to get a set that includes; Alizarin crimson [dark red], cadmium red [bright red], cadmium yellow, earthy greens, purple, blues like cerulean [sky] and ultramarine [darkblue], white, black and various browns. I recommend you stay away from dye-based colors like phthalo/winsor/prussian blue/ or phthalo green/hookers green/ unless you are already familiar with them.
- Oil Paint: Bring a wide selection of the paints you use for painting. If you haven't bought a set yet - try to find one with the colors listed above under acrylic paint.
In general, please bring the paints you are familiar with/have used before. If you are new to using paints- I recommend you try them out before class- and a helpful way to get familiar with mixing them is to make a color chart. basic info here or here.
- Palettes - This is what you use to mix your paints on before you add the paint to the canvas or other supports. Whatever you usually use is fine. A large piece of glass or acrylic that you tape all the edges is great for beginners. Paper palettes are also fine.
- Painting Mediums: the stuff you mix with your paints- to make them blend better, last longer, cover more area and often dry faster. Again, stick with what you know and use, or feel free to ask me.
- Acrylic painters:use what you know. There are many different acrylic mediums out there. In general - something that helps with flow and slows drying is useful. Some are thickeners, other mediums make colors opalescent, some add sand and etc. Acrylic is like a glue - adding textures like coffee grounds or glitter to your medium could be part of your process.
- Oil painters - a pre-mixed oil medium is good, or your usual mix of linseed/stand oil and turps substitute. Alkyd medium is also great - versatile and fast drying. *I would prefer that no one use straight turpentine in the classroom- unless it is premixed in a medium. If you really must- please only expose a small amount at a time as it gives many people bad headaches. I use vegetable oil to clean the oil paint off my brushes; it's less harsh and better for everyone.
- 2 Palette knives- small and medium
- 1 tall canister/jar for rinsing brushes (in vegetable oil for oil paints). Try using recycled coffee/Pringles cans.
- Rags for wiping excess paint from palette knife or brush and cleaning in general - old cotton shirts are fine.
- Brushes (bring a variety of shapes and sizes) - you will likely use a few medium size brushes and a couple small and large
- 1 bottle of vegetable oil/some soap for cleaning oil brushes. Acrylic paint brushes can be cleaned with soap and water- but don't let the brushes dry with paint on them!
- Surfaces to paint on: I would like you to have 2 surfaces to paint on for each class. The surfaces you paint on for acrylic or oil can be, canvas (stretched or unstretched), canvas paper or wood panel. Oil painters will have to prime their surfaces with acrylic gesso. Some canvases come pre-gesso'd. Acrylic painters don't have to pre-gesso, but its often a good idea.
- Acrylic Gesso. White is the most common, but any color will work. For beginners i recommend white or a neutral/medium value gesso. Try to put paint down vertical strokes the first time and horizontal the 2nd. The goal is to cover the surface so that you can't see any light through it. I often water down my first coat.
***Please let me know if there are questions about supplies. Oil and acrylic are best suited for the class exercises and one or the other is required. In addition to that I do welcome other mediums (i.e. watercolor or gouache) for side projects and experimentation