Light Studies: Oil or Acrylic – starts Oct 21



Oct 21, 28 – choose one or both sessions

2-5 pm

Learn how to capture the dramatic shifts in autumn light.   

FacultyEileen Murphy



Learn how to capture the dramatic shifts in autumn light.  Choose either or both sessions to capture the golden light and rich shadows of October.

Students will be guided through approaches and techniques of color mixing and brushwork. Discussions on composition, value, color, edges, aesthetics, atmospheric perspective, and simplification and massing will also be offered.

We will begin the afternoon with an instructor demonstration; then students will create their own full color field paintings (plein air) to capture the location.


Paints: please bring either the suggested full palette (preferred or a more limited palette that could work specifically for this class. 

 Full palette: 

  • Titanium White 
  • Lemon/ citron yellow
  • Cadmium yellow medium or deep 
  • Cadmium orange
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue 
  • Schevingese blue deep or pthalo blue
  • Sap green 
  • Schevingese green deep or viridian green 
  • Dioxazine purple 
  • Burnt Siena 
  • Burnt Umber 
  • Ivory black 
  •  Fun and useful secondary colors: cadmium red medium or bright red, cobalt teal, magenta, cadmium yellow extra deep, miscellaneous  earth tones like raw Siena.

Limited palette for this class: 

  • Sap green 
  • Viridian green 
  • Any cadmium yellow 
  • Cadmium orange or related color if possible 
  • Burnt umber 
  • Burnt Siena 
  • Ultramarine blue 
  • Black 

Brushes: preferably a wide variety of sizes of filberts and brights, and a few liner brushes for details 


  • 3 to 5 small canvas panels (often sold in packs of 3) for a few color studies (or a canvas pad) suggested size: 5″ X  7″, 6″ X 8,” and/or  8″ X 10″

optional: if possible in advance, please tone your canvas or canvas pad sheets with a warm brown mix  – burnt umber suggested (you can use acrylic).   A tube of acrylic paint for toning will be available in class for your use, if you are not able to do this in advance.

Solvent: odorless mineral spirits in a silicoil jar. Anyone who prefers to avoid turpentine can clean their brushes in oil.  You can use linseed oil but walnut oil from the grocery store is usually cheapest.  Dish soap to clean brushes is a recommended step. 

Palette: palette pad or a glass or plexiglass palette are best. Bigger is almost always better with palettes 

Medium: Artists’ Painting Medium from Windsor and Newton (recommended) but other brands make similar products as well.  Bring a small covered jar to put it into (note: students are asked to take home all solvents, mediums, and rags used for oil paints). 

 Paper towels or rags 

 Small palette knife 

Images: a few photos you’d like to explore and learn how to represent.

Small notebook or sketchbook.

Level/age: some painting experience in oil helpful (can be taken by students with experience in acrylic – please bring acrylic in the requested colors instead)/age 18 and up

Images: (top) Landscape (oil on panel) and (below) photo reference, by Eileen Murphy.  Images courtesy of the artist.


Additional information

Choice of Session

Session 1 Oct 21 $48, Session 2 Oct 28 $48, Both Sessions Oct 21, 28 $90