55. Paint Fearlessly - Jeff YeomansTues Jan 16, 2018 – Tues Mar 6, 2018    8 Tuesdays, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

We’ll explore concepts to continually improve the quality of your paintings—as well as working loose, keeping it fresh, and avoiding overworking a painting. Other topics will include how to use computer software to improve reference photos to paint from, and new possibilities for subject matter. By taking small risks and simplifying complex problems, you will better understand the most effective way to focus your efforts. The instructor’s emphasis is a thoughtful, considered approach to demystifying the complexities of painting. It should be challenging but fun. Learn to enjoy the process of painting. It will enable you to find your artistic “voice” and keep you wanting to paint, not procrastinate!


Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Jan. 16–Mar. 6 (8 weeks)
Athenaeum Art Center / Logan Heights Studio


MATERIALS: You are welcome to work in acrylics or oils, whichever you prefer. I recommend beginning with acrylics if you have no painting experience. They are more forgiving when you are learning.


Oils: Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light (or Hansa Yellow Medium), Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White; odorless mineral spirits or turpentine with solvent jar; either Liquin (dryer for oil paint) or Japan dryer (available at Home Depot; if you can’t find it I’ll have some extra); roll of paper towels.


Acrylics: Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium (or Hansa Yellow Medium), Cadmium Red Medium (or Naphthol Crimson), Titanium White; cloth rag for brushes; water container.


Brushes: (Do not scrimp on your brushes. They are an important investment in yourself. Inexpensive brushes are not going to save you money or time.) Same for oils and acrylics: flats, #2, #4, and #8, at least two of each (buy the best you can afford; I like Robert Simmons/Signet brand); a liner brush (also called a rigger, it has long bristles and is very narrow).


Palette: white enamel tray or disposable palette pad (Masterson makes a “wet” palette I like also).


Canvas: canvas panels (5-10 total) in any of these sizes: 8˝ x 10˝,  9˝ x 12˝, 12˝ x 16˝.


Other: Small sketchbook; pencil and a black Sharpie; vine charcoal (optional); small metal palette knife; roll of paper towels; cloth rag; plastic trash bag.



4up student work

Pictured above: Paintings done by my students.

But don’t take my word for it…another student’s comments:

“A note to let you know that I’ve just loved your class.  I’ve appreciated your work for a really long time- and it’s been my good fortune to learn how you think and go about your paintings. I’ve learned so much – and look forward to painting the cliff and finishing the dark beach scene.  I was super intimidated to start- not having painted in 25 years.

I’ve signed up for your next 8 weeks – and hope the other students do too.  It’s fun and informative to watch others grow as well.

So thank you so very much/for your generous sharing of all that you’ve learned and your beautiful photography.  I was an art teacher for many years….so I have a appreciation for a really good one.”

-D. Carnick, San Diego

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