Instructor: Jane Steelman
Class Code: JS170211
Workshop fee: $120
Saturday, February 11th, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Palette knife painting is for everyone from beginners to professionals!
Come learn how to create a palette knife painting from start to finish! Palette knife painting requires the artist to "let go" of details. Thick application of paint that results in a heavily textured surface is known as impasto painting. We’ll explore the ways that impasto texture affects light and shadow, on the surface of your painting.
Working from reference photos you'll create an under painting, and then learn to apply the paint using various palette knives. Acrylic paints lend themselves to palette knife paintings because they dry quickly and prevent any accidental muddying of colors, keeping them bright and clear.
Supplies to bring:
Heavy body acrylic paint: I prefer Matisse Structure paints. Stay away from the student grade paints, because they lack pigment and you will have trouble getting the colors you want. At a minimum, you’ll want at least one each in red, blue, yellow, and white. Some colors I recommend are:
Hansa Yellow Medium
and Titanium White.
I also like the Australian colors available in Matisse.
Various Painters Edge Palette Knives including style numbers 61S and 35T.
We’ll do some underpainting with brushes. My favorites are Black Swan flats or filberts. The set of Flats or Filberts will give you everything you need. At a minimum, you’ll need sizes 20 and 12.
You will need at least one 16X20 canvas or Gessobord. Feel free to bring and more than one, and some smaller sizes as well.