Participants will learn the basic techniques of oil painting from an experienced urban landscape painter. They will practice mixing colors, learning color theory as they try out using different pigments. They will learn about qualities of oil paint pigments, combinations of mediums, non-toxic alternatives and studio safety. Participants will create several studies and one complete oil painting from subject matter of their choice. The course will include artist references and critiques of student work.
Participants are responsible for purchasing materials for this class. A list will be provided upon registration.
Jill McLennan is an artist, educator, community activist, environmentalist, observer and a documenter of her surroundings. McLennan works for the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. She studied Painting, Drawing, Natural and Art History at Hampshire College and continued her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a Master’s Degree in Art Education on Teaching Art in the Environment. She is an urban landscape painter, working primarily with oil paint, and watercolor, while sketching constantly. McLennan also organizes community murals in their neighborhood in Oakland. As a Teaching Artist, she encourages students to develop their own creative voice through exploration, confidence building and self expression. McLennan teaches art to all ages and populations and constantly inspired by the stories that come from her students’ creations.