Painting Creatively From Photos - Oil & Acrylic Workshop

Date: Sunday, July 24, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Level: Beginner with some painting experience to Experienced
Location: Classroom 3A (Building 27)
Instructor: Souby Boski
Tuition: $75 Non-Members / $67.50 Members

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Class Description

Most artists use source photos when they work, whether to jog their memory of a particular place and time or to record specific visual details to incorporate in later pieces. In this workshop, students will learn to paint in a creative, personal, and expressive way using reference photographs - freeing them from copying. Learn to dismiss the sense of obligation to show exactly what is depicted in the photo. Feel free and inspired to manipulate the composition, assuring vitality and making the painting your personal creation.

Bring several canvases and reference photos. Also, pack a lunch.

Suggested Materials
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Everyone has his or her own favorite colors, brushes, mediums, and canvases. Any supplies you have will be fine.


Primary colors of your choice
Secondary colors suggested
Lots of white
Painting Surfaces: Several primed canvases, boards or gessoed heavy paper of assorted sizes
Brushes: Artists brushes of different sizes. And ordinary house painting brushes (1 – 2 in.)
Palette Knives
Oil Painters - Your favorite mediums
Oil Painters - Plastic peanut butter type jars with tight lids for mixing medium.
Acrylic Painters - Large Jars for water
Palettes: Disposable Artist’s palettes for mixing paint.
Rags: Clean cotton cloth rags, old terry cloth towel or paper towels.

Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Kings Blue, Cobalt Violet, Ultramarine Violet, Dioxazine Purple
Sap Green, Permanent Green, Naples Yellow 150 ml tube suggested
White (lots) 150ml tube suggested
*Permalba white is good for oil painters
Other colors of your choice
Oil Painting Mediums: Pint - stand oil Pint – linseed oil
Brush Cleaner for Oil Paint: Windsor Newton Brush Cleaner & Preserver
Other suggested supplies: Baby Wipes, Disposable gloves, Apron

About the Instructor

Souby is an artist and educator with several years of teaching experience. Since 2004, she has taught oil painting to adults at the Washington Art Association in Washington Depot, CT. Over the years, Souby was an adjunct professor of Art at Naugatuck Valley Community College and has taught Art in the Connecticut public school system and Adult Education programs. Souby loves to teach! Her goal is to engage, challenge and motivate her students. She strives to create an environment where students explore, learn, solve problems, create, collaborate, and truly enjoy what they are doing. Souby holds a BA in Art Education from Stetson University and a MALS in Art from Wesleyan University. After Graduate School, she continued her education studying painting with nationally recognized artists and teachers, Eric Aho, Ira Barkoff, Lois Dodd, and Ruth Miller. Visit Souby's website.