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Basics of Oil Painting with Douglas David

August 14 @ 9:30 am 3:30 pm

Wednesday, August 14, 9:30am-3:30pm

1 session | $150 for members, $160 for non-members, $10 discount (total) for those who take both of Douglas’s workshops

This fun and informative workshop will cover the basic principles of oil painting and get you painting simple and easy to understand objects in a short time.

Regardless of whether you’ve never picked up a brush, are a relatively new painter, or a more accomplished painter looking for some strong points to review, this workshop will make good sense and spur valuable progress in your painting practice. Students will learn a simple palette setup, with Douglas overviewing his own palette and doing a subsequent demonstration painting for each subject that the class paints. There is nothing to be afraid of or self conscious of, and Douglas will get you through all the tricky parts so that you learn and find pleasure in the process. 

Students will paint simple still lifes from photos that Douglas supplies which usually includes items like apples, eggs and really common and fun things like a watermelon slice! There’s also time to get a taste of plein air painting through photographs of beach scenes and sailboats. You will be surprised by how much you can accomplish in one day! Plan to create a few small paintings and possibly one larger painting.

Read about Douglas David’s other class, Dynamic Florals in Oil, here.


Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves–tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a slice of watermelon on a checkered tablecloth. His paintings are beautiful, simple and timeless. After graduating with honors from Herron School of Art, Indiana University, Douglas went on to study for a number of years with Frank Mason, famed instructor from the Art Students League of New York and student of Frank Vincent DuMond. 

Douglas’s teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. He loves to share insights into the DuMond Palette with his students and bases all of his teachings on classic principles. Douglas’s work has been chosen for many private and public collections, including the Vice President’s residence, the United States Embassy to Sierra Leone, and most recently, by request of Ambassador Donnelly, the United States Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican City). 

Website: www.douglasdavid.com

(Composite) Douglas David, Apple, 2019, Egg, 2019, Watermelon, 2020, oil on canvas