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Classical Painting Techniques

at New York School of the Arts - Upper East Side

Course Details
$400 12 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Feb 01, 3:00pm - Mar 22, 6:00pm Eastern Time ( 8 sessions )

Next start dates (1)

Upper East Side, Manhattan
315 E 62nd St
2nd Floor
Btwn 1st & 2nd Avenues
New York, New York 10065
8 sessions only, skip dates TBA.
Venue: Lower Level
Price includes $50 Registration Fee.
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 17 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Eric Michelson

What you'll learn in this oil painting class:

Focus on traditional oil painting techniques that are rarely taught but incredibly useful for painters of all styles. Experiment with underpainting and grisaille techniques, as well as alla prima exercises to improve your understanding of composition, value, and color. The goal will be to explore the rich variety of painting approaches and methods used since the Renaissance. 

All levels are welcome.

Supply List:

  • Bristle (flats or filberts) #’s 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Tubes of Paint
    • Titanium white
    • Yellow ochre
    • Cadmium yellow medium
    • Cadmium red light
    • Light red
    • Viridian
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Ivory black
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Raw umber
  • Linseed Oil
  • Stick Vine Charcoal
  • Palette Knife
  • Canvas (18x24)
  • Their own paints and brushes 
  •  Linseed Oil (pint/quart depending on the number of participants)
  • Raw Umber pigment (1 lb.)
  • Whiting (marble dust, 1 lb.)
  • Small panels

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Refund Policy

Class Cancellation: Classes and workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students required for a session are not met. Notification will be sent to registered students five days before the class is scheduled to begin.


To receive a refund, you must notify us in writing at [email protected] There is a $15 administrative fee for each refund.

  • In order to receive a full refund, students must withdraw from a class or workshop twelve days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students withdrawing from a class and workshop during the week before the beginning of the quarter will receive a 75% refund as school credit if within twelve days of the start of the class. (A quarter begins on the first day of week one.)
  • No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation and no refunds will be made after a workshop begins.
  • Ceasing to attend class without notifying the school does not constitute withdrawal from class. 
  • Refunds are issued in the same form as payment. Refunds are issued within thirty days from request in the form of the same payment. Registration and service fees are non-refundable.

Transfers: All transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transfer from one workshop to another is not permitted. There is a $15 administrative fee for each transfer.

Holidays & Canceled Lessons: We are closed for Thanksgiving, winter and spring break. If we must close due to weather, we will send out an email as well as update social media. The New York School of the Arts follows New York City Public Schools for weather-related closings. If classes are canceled, the instructor will work with the school office to schedule a make-up date. We do not refund/prorate for weather closure, and our make-up policy still applies.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
3:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern Time Eric Michelson 8 $400
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
3:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern Time Eric Michelson 8 $400
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.

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Question from Pei C.
Hi there, may I know if there are any recommended places to get the materials for the course? Do we need to bring our own canvasses as well?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Pei! Students must bring their own materials for this class, including a canvas. The school recommends Black Arts Supplies or any well-stocked art store around the city. Hope this helps!
Question from Costanza
Which supports are we painting on?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Costanza! Students normally bring canvasses of any size they feel comfortable working on. The class is centered on oil techniques. Hope this helps!
Question from Anonymous
Can I paint a still life?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The class is designed to teach students the basic classical techniques of painting. The class does not use a model, so students will paint a variety of live references such as casts and still life.

Reviews of Classes at New York School of the Arts (53)

(53 Reviews)
Classical Painting Techniques
Reviewed by Michalina H. on 7/30/2019
I feel like I learnt a lot. The teacher can be quite tough but fair. I will join for new classes in the future to continue my learning path in painting.
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Reviewed by Therese G. on 6/26/2019
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