How many times have you visited the painting galleries in a museum and wished you could do that? The luminosity of oil paints has intrigued us all. This class is an introduction to the art of oil painting, especially for people who have never painted in oils, or who have been away for a while and would like to get back to the basics. We will explore color and organization of the palette, mixing of paints,
brushstroke and application of paint onto canvas. Learning to look at your subject, light source and setting up composition will be explored as we create meaningful artistic expressions. References will be made to the masters, and students will be encouraged to use personal inspiration in their work. Demonstrations, individualized attention and group critique will be instrumental in developing our practice.

Materials Needed:
These materials are available at Jerrys Artarama, Michaels, or online.
Paints: Basic colors: titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow light, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, raw umber, yellow ochre. You can opt for the basic color selection, red, yellow, blue, white and black, for the first class, and add optional colors for
subsequent classes, if desired. Optional: colors might be: alizarin crimson, quinacridone red, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, violet, emerald or sap green, & burnt umber. Let your budget be your guide. Beginner kits with a selection of small tubes are acceptable.
 Round: round with a pointed tip
 Flat: flat with squared ends
 Bright: flat with shorter bristles than flat brushes
 Filbert: flat with rounded ends
 Fan: flat and shaped like a fan
Basic: ½ inch, filbert, ¼ inch, filbert, 1 inch flat (measured across their width) ½ inch round, (measured from the metal ferrule, to the tip). Optional: finer tipped brushes for more detailed work, metal palette knife. Brush sets are acceptable. They should include flat and round types, in various sizes. Price is an indicator of quality, nylon synthetics such as sablette or taklon representing good value.
Painting mediums:
ODORLESS thinner/spirits (Turpenoid, Mona Lisa or Gamsol). NO turpentine! You will need a
clear glass or metal container with a cover to hold thinner. ). Optional: linseed oil – increases
luminosity, yet longer to dry, liquin – speeds up drying time, gives a glossy finish.
Painting surfaces: 9”x12” and 11×14″ canvas boards, or stretched canvas, both often sold in 3-
Palette: Basic 12×16 inch disposable palette pad
Miscellaneous Recommended: disposable gloves, rags or paper towels, apron or smock.
Optional: a large plastic shopping bag, a sealable palette box, (fisherman’s tackle box), or a large, flat Tupperware container or plastic shoebox will work well as a transportable storage solution.

woman oil painting of red rose

Lori Langsner

About the Teaching Artist

A resident of West Windsor and recently retired as an arts educator in the NYC Public Schools, Lori Langsner has now put her personal focus back on oil painting. Surrounding herself with her love of nature and incorporating travel memories, and sights in and around Mercer County, Lori enjoys painting “en plein air”. Lori has an MA in Special Education from Brooklyn College, a BA in Art Education from Queens College, and has continued her studies at the Art Students League, Princeton Arts Council, and Mercer County Community College. To preview her paintings please visit www.lorilangsner.com