Still Life Painting
With Ernie Norcia

February 14 – March 20, 2024

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Still Life Painting
w/ Ernie Norcia
A six (6) session course

How do great artists compose and complete their paintings? This course will pursue answers to those and other issues of visual problem solving in a fun and supportive environment.
Like a house, paintings are constructions. In building a house, a foundation is prepared, followed by a stick structure establishing the overall shape of the house, followed by a variety of coverings such as shingles and clapboard siding. Similarly, a painting starts with a foundation, a drawing to establish the overall structure of the image, and a variety of paint manipulations to finish the work. Demonstrations of painting technique will be presented and discussed. Class members will be encouraged to bring out the full depth and richness of color and texture in the subjects they select to paint. This course is open to all. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own still life objects for painting.

Soft vine charcoal sticks?Kneaded eraser?Cotton rags or bounty paper towels
Canvas: Commercially primed and stretched, or mounted canvas (linen or cotton) no larger than 16” X 20” to start. Size 12” X 16” very useful size.?Primed illustration board (primed with white acrylic primer or gesso and cut to same size as mentioned above.
Brushes: Silver brush brand, Princeton brand, or Blick brand. items are available at Blick Art Supplies, or Jerry’s Artarama. White hog bristle (filberts, flats, & rounds) is most versatile. I recommend, sizes #2, #4, and #8?Red sable brushes (rounds & flats) for soft and precise brushwork. I recommend #2, #4, and #8 rounds, flats 1/2” to 1” (synthetic bristles are fine for the flats).
Oil Paints: student quality Winton, or improved quality Windsor & Newton: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium red (light or medium), Alizarine Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Viridian green, Titanium white.
Palette Knives:?One or two medium sized knives; these knives have raised handles & flexible blades and are used to apply and remove oil paint from painting surface.
Palette:?Best is a sealed wooden palette, about 12 X 16” in size or larger. A disposable paper palette or plastic palette can also be used.
Palette Cup(s):?A handy two cup item clips onto a palette and holds a small amount of medium and solvent.
Mediums:?To make application and manipulation of paint easier, a medium is added to artist’s tube colors. To make your own: mix equal amounts of linseed stand oil, and solvent. You may instead choose to purchase a good linseed oil-based medium. To speed drying time, you may want to buy Winsor/Newton’s Liquin, or another alkyd based medium.
Solvents: Turpenoid, Sansodor, or Gamsol are used for thinning paint & cleanup. glass jar with lid, or Silicoil tank jar
Clips: to secure non-stretched canvas or board to easel