Introduction to Oil Painting

Have you always wished you could create your own paintings?  Instead of a paint by numbers class, learn how to see light and color and put that on canvas.  Learn the skills to start a new hobby in art and how to create your own masterpiece. In this class we will use oil paints as the media.

Dates: August 15 & 22
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Age: 14+*
Cost: $75 plus one time $20 materials fee**
Level: Beginner (no experience with paints or oils needed)

*old enough to focus, follow instructions, and safely use the associated chemicals.
**Materials provided with the materials fee include canvases, oil paints, brushes, palette knife, thinner, extra oil paint, gloves.

Week 1: Values. Basic composition. Using a palette knife. Mixing colors. Seeing color. Matching colors on photos. Mediums. Using brushes.

Week 2: Matching color and space of three dimensional objects.


  • “I really loved the class. Brian is a great teacher and very patient.”
  • “I can’t believe how great my painting turned out.”
  • “Loved this class! We had so much fun.”

Example of Brian’s Work

About Brian

Brian Cragun discovered his inner artist in 2001. He loves painting on location (plein air), “I take great delight in the rich sensory experience of being on location and seeing the color and light directly. Nothing is as satisfying as capturing that moment forever on canvas.” He also produces larger studio works.

He has studied with award winning plein air artist Marc Hanson, and award winning Kami Polzin of Stillwater. Most recently he has studied with Dick Horrocks of Utah. He has also taken classes from Greg Caron and Susan Hong-Sammons.

Brian’s Instagram

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