February 22 & 23 | 2020
10 am -5 pm
Instructor: Dave Salerno
No experience necessary | all materials provided
This two-day workshop is designed for those who would like to try oil painting, but don’t want to buy all the materials needed, or don’t know what products are best to buy. If you have not tried drawing or painting, or if you think that you can’t, this is a perfect opportunity to try. These skills have been proven to be “learnable”. Students will work from still-life setups provided by the instructor. The focus will be on how to use the materials and apply paint to create a finished oil painting.
After discussing the various tools and supplies, the instructor will use the same materials to explain and demonstrate the steps used to make a painting and will guide each participant through these steps. The goal is to enjoy the experience of oil painting, with the hope that students will decide to continue to pursue this rewarding activity. The instructor will provide each participant with all the supplies needed for the workshop. These will include a palette, medium, brush washing jar, a high-quality painting knife, five high-quality brushes, a linen 8×10 or 9×12 oil-primed painting panel, artist-grade oil colors, artist-grade linseed oil, odorless mineral spirits, and paper towels as needed. (Those who prefer to bring their own supplies are welcome to do so.)
Students will keep their finished painting. At the end of the class, the painting equipment (palette, brushes, palette knife, cups and jar) can be purchased from the instructor for $50 (his cost) or returned to the instructor at the end of the workshop.
Optional Supplies Not Provided:
Any white paper (or a small sketching pad) and a 2B pencil would be helpful to make a preliminary drawing, although not essential. You may want to bring a notebook, laptop, or whatever you prefer to use for taking notes. That’s all you need to bring!
About the Instructor:
David Michael Salerno is a representational oil painter with interest in landscape (including plein air), still-life, figurative and portrait painting. Noticing his interest in drawing as a young boy, his artist mother bought him an instructional drawing set. David painted throughout his life, even during his years as a practicing cardiologist. In Minneapolis, he attended the Atelier Lack, where he obtained a foundation in classical drawing and painting. Upon retiring from his medical career, David has focused on his passion for painting.
David has a keen interest in the technology of oil painting. He takes pride in utilizing proven techniques and products to ensure strong and stable paint layers that result in a quality archival painting. He is a member of several national oil painting organizations, including the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Portrait Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS). He has achieved the designation of Signature Artist in NOAPS. David is an instructor at Townsend Atelier in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“There is something within that compels me to paint. The beauty that the world displays all around us calls me. We live in a stressful and complex society – I hope that my paintings can provide a source of serenity and simplification.”