Introduction to Oil Painting – Exploring White Pine Trees & Painting Waves (2 Day Workshop)


Monday, August 15 – Tuesday, August 16
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2-day class
Day 1- Exploring White Pines & Day 2 - Painting Waves


Old Art Building


Paul Olsen


2 days - $150 (member) $175 (non member)


Complete registration form at the time of payment.


Oil painting is often seen as daunting and inaccessible. These courses will demystify the art of oils and help you feel prepared to take on the paint used by master painters for centuries. Learn the basics of how to prepare a surface for oil painting, different techniques for laying out your compositions, and methods for applying the paint. You will also receive an introduction into how to use paint thinners and mediums to create underpaintings and build layers of color.

We will start each day looking at artist samples while talking about how to achieve different effects when painting. We will then work alongside one another to create a painting based on themes present in Good Harbor Bay. Day 1 will be exploring the form of White Pine Trees, and Day 2 will dive into painting waves. You can sign up for these courses as stand alone classes or come to both and receive a more thorough introduction.

Course takes place during Paul’s Emerging Artist exhibit, Of Winds and Waves and White Pines.

Instructor will provide class materials. Each participant will receive palettes, solvent, paint medium, and brushes. If interested in purchasing your own materials, the instructor can recommend quality beginner oil painting kits. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies.

About Paul Olsen

Paul is a locally renowned painter who has shown work in various galleries in Leelanau County over the past ten years, worked as a product designer, and taught elementary art. He made the shift to being a full time oil painter in 2021 and is excited to share his knowledge of painting with you. Paul’s oil-on-canvas painting of the North Manitou Shoal Light was recently selected as the 2022 Manitou Music Festival Poster.

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