Developing Narrative in Oil Painting with Shannon Soldner


Developing Narrative in Oil Painting with Shannon Soldner

from 125.00

Thursdays, February 28th - April 4th
6-8 PM

History’s most enduring artworks often tell a story.  This class will help students to draw on personal narrative as well as classical themes, in an effort to expand their visual vocabulary and enrich the conceptual scope of their work.  As always, strategies, skills, and techniques will be emphasized through demonstration and guidance, however, this class is geared toward painters with some previous experience. 

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Oil Painting Materials List


For a bare minimum in brush supplies please bring a mix of brights and filberts in numbers 4 through 10.  Synthetic brushes are fine.


Windsor and Newton or Gamblin are both good brands and can be found in town. Stay away from student grade paints.

You may use your own selection of paints if you are comfortable with a particular palette. But still try to bring some alkyd white. Otherwise I recommend the following:

Titanium White

Akyd White – I recommend Winsor & Newton Griffon (alkyd) Titanium White,

Naples Yellow (optional)

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red Light

Burnt Sienna

Raw Umber

Ivory Black

Ultramarine Blue

Viridian green



(2) 12x16 canvas or panel

I recommend size 12 x 16 (but bring what suits you). This will be for a full figure. I recommend a smooth weave linen or cotton, well stretched and primed. Oil or acrylic primed panel is also suitable. Please tone your support with a warm neutral color such as raw umber. Tone your support enough in advance so that it will be BONE DRY for the class. I always have one or two students who neglect this point. It’s important.

A note about toning the canvas or panel: “Toning” your support is simply staining the stark white with a little oil color. Rub some oil color on your canvas or panel along with some mineral spirits.  Then wipe it off with a paper towel or rage (I prefer a cotton cloth) until you can’t wipe off anymore. That’s it. The goal of toning is simply to kill the stark white of the primer.



A Palette Cup

A Palette – Either a glass palette, disposable sheets, a hand-held wooden type or whatever you prefer. If you are not familiar with using a hand held palette do not bring one “to try it” for this class. It takes some getting used to. We’ll be learning enough new things as it is. Stick with a glass palette or the disposable sheet type. Please try to avoid white or overly dark palettes. A gray or tan color is to be preferred.

A Trowel Shaped Painting Knife (for mixing), the blade being 1 ½ -2 inches (or thereabouts) in length.

Rags or Paper Towels

Brush Basin/Cleaner

Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS) – I prefer Gamsol by Gamblin. This solvent dissolves very slowly into the atmosphere, making it safer to use than other solvents or turpentine. Please do not bring a product you bought at the hardware store. Bring something made for artist use.