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Fundamentals of Oil Painting Course

Fundamentals of Oil Painting

This introduction to oil painting provides students with an opportunity to explore and understand this challenging medium. Participants become familiar with oil painting through a variety of assignments that highlight color, surface, space, volume composition. Students explore a range of subject matter including still lifes and landscapes, and conclude the course painting the figure from a live model. Illustrated lectures, a museum visit and frequent discussions of student projects complement studio work and help students master various techniques of paint application. Techniques include underpainting, oil sketching, small outdoor studies, and direct painting with varied textural applications of paint. Great emphasis is placed on artistic process and technical skill building.

Course #1585
Lucy Barber

Schedule A
June 26 – August 1
Mondays + Tuesdays
9am-4:30pm (no class 7/4)

Tuition $2,750
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $25
Model Fee $45

3 Credits



Lucy Barber

Lucy Barber: BFA, Photography, Pratt Institute; MFA, Painting and Drawing, Brooklyn College City University of New York. Barber has taught at Pratt Institute, Ringling College of Art & Design, Maine College of Art, William & Mary, and Bowdoin College. She has exhibited nationally since the early 1980s and has exhibited internationally in Italy and in the American Embassy in Nicosia, Greece through the Art in Embassies Program. Barber's work has been praised in notable press, including The New York Times, The New York Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer and Art New England. She has received numerous awards for her studio painting and drawing, including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. She teaches and paints in Sarasota, Fla., conducting workshops, teaching privately and in classes.