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.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Course #1585
Michael Peery

Schedule A
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Michael Peery

The paintings of Michael Peery have been accepted into juried shows throughout New York City and the Northeast, including exhibitions at the Dahesh Museum and the Arnot Museum, as well as in Indiana at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. He holds a BFA from Utah State University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Peery has taught at the New York Academy of Art, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Woodstock School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design. His work hangs in public and private collections, including Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermes, the Prince of Wales Foundation and the Forbes Foundation. He was the recipient of the RISD Continuing Education 2012–2013 Teacher of Excellence Award.