Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Class Detail

Intro to Painting

Location: Scaife Building

Room: 2D

Jul 11-Aug 29, 2012

Meets 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
on Wed

Tuition: $225.00
Member Tuition: $200.00
Level: Beginner

Status: This class is completed
Students in this course are introduced to the basics of painting in oil and acrylic. A hands-on approach to painting materials and the fundamentals of color theory and color mixing are emphasized. Working from still life set-ups, interior spaces and forms in nature, students learn to see and use color to express three dimensions on a two dimensional surface. Supply list available online or sent upon registration.

Instructor -- Bernie Wilke
(MFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; BFA, Antioch College) is a teacher and artist who works within the community setting. Since graduating in 2001 Bernie has completed over 60 mural projects in schools, community centers, nursing homes and churches. He has worked extensively with the PA Council on the Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program and has completed 19 residencies across Pennsylvania. His personal studio work has been featured in many regional and national juried exhibitions.

Required supplies for this class:
  • *Please note: this list was updated on 6/12/12.
  • Intro to Painting:
  • -Acrylic paint (60ml): Artist’s Acrylic
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cadmium yellow light hue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red light hue
  • Permanent green light
  • Mars black
  • Titanium white
  • Additional colors of personal choice are encouraged.
  • -Oil paint (60 ml): Windsor Newton Artist’s oil colors
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cadmium yellow light hue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red light hue 
  • Titanium White
  • Medium violet
  • Naples Yellow
  • Refined linseed oil (75ml)
  • Galkyd (75ml)
  • Terpenoid odorless paint thinner. (cheaper brands are acceptable as long as they are odorless.)
  • Additional colors of personal choice are welcomed and encouraged.
  • -Brushes: 
  • Sizes vary by manufacturer so use your best judgment.  I recommend purchasing student grade brushes for those taking their first painting course. (ie “Grumbacher Academy oil and acrylic”)  I do not recommend any brush value-packs with various sizes and shapes.  While these are often very affordable, they are also very cheap and do not hold/move paint very well.  The fine point brushes in these packs are usually ok but most of them are sub par.  As a rule when looking for brushes a good brush will be slightly firm, not too flimsy and dense with bristles.
  • 1” flat brush
  • ½” angular
  • ¼” flat brush
  • Fine point round tip 
  • 3”-4” utility house paintbrush for applying gesso primer
  • -Tablet of heavy watercolor paper (aprox. 16”x20”), canvas paper, or Bristol Board and two stretched/primed canvases of a similar size are suggested for the course. 
  • - Optional tablet of paper palettes.
  • -2 empty glass jars with lids aprox. 8oz or more.

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