Intro to Oil Painting Studio January/February 2021 (Live Course)

Introduction to oil painting by simply just using black and white paint. Tuesdays 1-3:30(ish) pm ET, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 & 2/23

Intro to Oil Painting - January/February 2021 (Live Course)

Eight-week course
Tuesdays 1-3:30(ish) pm ET, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19,1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 & 2/23
Level: Beginner

This course aims to introduce students wishing to try out oil painting by merely just using black and white paint. Students wishing to move from drawing to painting will find that the focus on this course, material handling, mixing paint, and painting simple objects, is a perfect bridge. Learning a new medium and technique can be daunting. That is why we will just be using black and white and the values they create in this course.

During this course, we will be painting a still life of tomatoes in a bowl sitting on top of a cloth, titled “Eat your Veggies,” using the indirect method of painting. The indirect method is a layered approach to creating a painting, starting with a line drawing, then a thinly diluted block-in with the paint known as the underpainting. Finishing up with a thicker layer of paint known as the overpainting, this is the layer that everything comes together. To see an example of this technique, visit the “Robert’s painting approach” webpage on the studio website. Please note that the example on that page is in color and includes a tonal layer, which we will not be doing in this course because we are working in black and white. The indirect method is the traditional approach to painting and has been used for centuries.

"Eat your Veggies" our reference for the January/February course.

In each class, Robert will paint a small section, about 10 minutes; students will watch and listen as he works, and then each student will be given time to paint their paintings and repeat until the end of that day's class.

You will notice that this class’s scheduled time is 1-3:30(ish); the “ish” is because sometimes we will reach a stopping point before 3:30 or 3:30. Each class, due to what we are painting, the complexity of the subject will determine how much we can accomplish. It is my goal to never end a class with a part of the painting half painted.

If we finish the planned painting for this course before the end of the scheduled classes, we will work on very simple singular objects for any remaining scheduled classes.

Each lesson will be recorded and uploaded to the lesson curriculum page within a few days of the class giving you the chance to revisit the lesson or to catch up if you missed the class.

This is a live online drawing course using Zoom Meeting Rooms. Robert will be working from his studio, where he has several cameras set up to help him give you the best learning experience from the comfort of your studio. You will be able to draw along with Robert during each lesson and ask Robert questions.

Before enrolling, please visit the Technology Needs page to ensure you have everything needed to participate in the online class, ensuring that you have a great experience.

Materials for this course

View the materials for this course. To have the best experience possible, Robert highly recommends purchasing the same materials on the list as those are the materials he uses in his instruction. You can visit the link on the Intro to Oil Paint Materials page, which will take you to Blick Artist Materials, where you can purchase everything you need. Allow two weeks for delivery and always check the top promo banner on the website for special purchase codes.


(As a new student you MUST have everything listed)

  • Oil Paint, Gamblin Artist's Colors
    • Titanium White
    • Ivory Black
  • Linseed oil
  • Brush cleaning tank
  • Brush cleaning solution (odorless mineral spirits)
  • Painting palette, disposable paper palette
  • Palette knife
  • Fredrix Canvas Pad, 9” x 12”, 10 sheets
  • 2 Derwent Inktense watercolor pencil - Charcoal Gray

Brushes (Rosemary & Company)
#6 Eclipse filbert, long handle
#12 Eclipse filbert, long handle
#4 Eclipse round, short handle
#7 Eclipse round, short handle
⅜” Mundy Mops, short handle (I would suggest two of these)
½” Mundy Mops, short handle (I would suggest two of these)

Also required but you may have these in your studio already:

  • Disposable plastic bathroom cups, NOT PAPER!
  • Paper towels
  • 12” aluminum ruler
  • Pencil sharpener

Your Instructor

Robert Louis Caldwell
Robert Louis Caldwell

Artist and Instructor
ARC Associate Living Master
Signature Member, The Society of Animal Artists

Robert Louis Caldwell is an award-winning artist, internationally renowned for his wildlife and architectural oil paintings. His work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists, Art of the Animal Kingdom and Birds in Art, and is represented in the permanent collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Robert graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. and is the author of the drawing instructional book “Draw Realistic Animals, Wildlife, Pets & More.”

Read more about Robert’s instructional approach, philosophy and credentials.

Visit Robert’s website to view examples of his drawings and paintings.

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