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4 Week | Painting: Intro to Oil Painting

 *Students will purchase their own materials and should expect to spend $60-100.


Class Description:

In this class, we will explore oil painting fundamentals in an accelerated form. We will use the fundamentals to explore within the museum as we sketch from art within the galleries. We will conclude with creating individual pieces from the skills built and research sketches. The intent of this class is to bring each artist through the entire process of researching and creating a completed piece of work.


What to Expect:

Artists will learn or in some cases relearn fundamental skills mixed with some tricks of the trade to help them work within the museum to sketch and generate ideas as well as take those ideas in to the studio to complete a finished project.



Week 1 – Focus on oil painting fundamentals

Week 2 – Gathering sketches and ideas in the museum’s galleries

Week 3 – Painting in the classroom

Week 4 - Painting in the classroom


Class Cancellation Policy:

If a class or workshop needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather or teacher illness, a “make-up” day will be scheduled on a FRIDAY or SATURDAY as the educator’s schedule allows.



Students will purchase their own materials and should expect to spend $30-70.

GET THE MATERIALS KIT AT MEININGER’S ART SUPPLY or purchase the items individually.



Born in Denver in 1972, Michael Dowling spent much of his early life as a typical kid apart from being an obsessive drawer. It wasn’t until the age of 25, and after several years studying various subjects as well as working in many fields, that Michael started painting. With that late beginning, Dowling dove full in and began studying extensively. At 28, he decided to sell a burgeoning art sales company and moved to Florence, Italy to focus on painting. He has since returned to his native Denver where he lives and works.

Michael Dowling's work has been characterized as a combination of traditional practices in realism and his explorations of mark, pattern, and color to disrupt that reality. In many compositions, figures presented as portrait, morph into their surreal self, and lone objects tell stories through their subtle positioning. These objects and characters sit in bizarre spaces with intentionally disrupted atmospheres in order to find further meaning within the imagery.

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