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Unleash your inner artist with a wide variety of oil painting classes in San Francisco. Learn techniques, master brushstrokes, and create stunning works of art while gaining confidence and unleashing your creativity.

2 classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, and 3 classes live online are available.

Oil & Acrylic Painting

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Unlock your artistic potential and master the techniques of oil and acrylic painting at the renowned Art School of SF Bay. Explore the beauty of nature through landscapes, learn to capture emotions in portraits, and develop your unique style. With high-quality art materials provided, embark on a transformative artistic journey.

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (14 sessions)

$560

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Oil Painting, Old Masters Technique

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Master the art of creating glowing skin, soft shadows, silky hair, and unforgettable eyes using a traditional oil painting technique from the XVII century. Unleash your creativity and learn to transform your work from a grisaille underpainting to mesmerizing glazes. Join us at the Art School of SF Bay and discover the secrets of the Old Masters.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)

Online Oil Pastel 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the world of oil pastels with this online art course. Unleash your creativity as you learn color theory, blending techniques, and how to create stunning works of art that resemble oil paintings. Perfect for beginners looking for a mess-free and vibrant medium.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

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Online Water - Soluble Oils 401

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the eco-friendly joy of oil painting with water-soluble oils. Learn the techniques of mixing colors and brushwork while creating stunning traditional and contemporary pieces. Say yes to this delicious and non-toxic medium at Pastimes for a Lifetime.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Dare to Draw, Paint & Create: Advanced Art Class for All Mediums

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unleash your artistic potential and express yourself through painting in this inspiring online art class. Develop your unique style, master advanced techniques, and create stunning artwork that you will be proud to display. Join a supportive community of fellow artists and receive personalized feedback to enhance your skills.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

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Painting with Oils, Cold Wax & Pigment Sticks

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This class encourages experimentation with layered oil painting, combining oil, cold wax, soft pastels, pigment sticks and collage. Painting tools include the unusual and the traditional. Required supplies for this program: Your collection of oil paint should include the following colors: • Titanium White • Black • Primary Yellow • Scarlet Lake • Quinacridone Rose • Quinacridone Violet ( optional) • Ultramarine Blue • Cobalt Blue...

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Intro to Oil Painting

Richmond Art Center @ Virtual Classroom

Participants will learn the basic techniques of oil painting from an experienced urban landscape painter. They will practice mixing colors; learning color theory as they try out using different pigments. They will learn about qualities of transparency, different combinations of medium, and non-toxic alternative mediums. Participants will create several studies and one complete oil painting from subject matter of their choice. The course will include...

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Intermediate & Advanced Painting

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Explore your original vision! This class is for intermediate and advanced painters looking for technical and conceptual assistance as they pursue individual projects. Are you looking to get back into painting after taking a break? Are you struggling to work through a current project? Would your creative practice benefit from the structure of a weekly class? Do you enjoy meeting other painters in a friendly and supportive environment?...

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Chiaroscuro and Glazing

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Create paintings in oil using chiaroscuro and glazing techniques. Explore dramatic values in composition and create luminous, dimensional color.    Suggested materials: Oil paints Solvent-substitute Linseed oil Canvas or panel Brushes Experience Level: All levels, some painting experience recommended.

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Abstraction with Oil, Cold Wax & Mixed Media

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with oil, cold wax, pigment sticks and collage on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels , watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. Acrylic media can serve as a base underpainting. All Imagery applicable. Appropriate for continuing painters.  Required...

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Glazing with Oils

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Want to make your oil paintings more luminous? In this workshop, we will cover grisalle, sfumato, and various layering techniques to help boost more light and color saturation into paintings.  Materials fee will cover the oil paint, mediums, brushes, surfaces, and acrylic paint (acrylic paint to be used for fast drying underpainting, before glazing).  This workshop was designed for those who have some painting experience; intermediate...

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Introduction to Oil Painting

San Francisco Art Institute @ 800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

This course will introduce students to classical painting techniques and concepts, with an emphasis on understanding the formal language and the fundamentals of visual expression. Introductory assignments will be from observation and geared toward realism. In the first half of the class we will complete a series of studies to address form, value, color, composition, perspective, and figure/ground relationship. Later classes will address the development...

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Oil Painting: Three Methods

Sadie Valeri Atelier @ 1045 17th St, San Francisco, CA

Sadie Valeri teaches three methods for creating a still life oil painting, sharing all the techniques she uses to create her own works.   Alla Prima Single-session “fast” paintings are ideal for focusing on color, brushwork, and edge control.    Indirect Method This meticulous process is developed with as many as 10 layers for creating detailed paintings in the manner of the Dutch Masters of the 17th century. Due to the...

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Oil Painting

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco @ 3200 California St, San Francisco, CA

Learn to paint with oils. Gain insight into light and shadow, develop a personal style and simply enjoy the process of painting.

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Intermediate Oil Painting Techniques

San Francisco Art Institute @ 800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

This fast-paced six week course is an in-depth focus of oil painting techniques for those looking to build their knowledge. Become more fluent in the language of oil painting by working on a new skillset every class session. Glazing, alla prima, and pigment properties will be topics of investigation. You will have room to experiment with a variety of painting mediums, from cold wax to linseed oil, that will affect dry times, texture, and finish....

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Discover the Best Oil Painting Classes in San Francisco

Oil painting uses oil paints, which are made by mixing drying oils and powdered pigments. The type of oil used will impact both the color of the paint and its consistency. Linseed oil is the most popular choice of oil for oil paints. It will thin your paint, which can make your painting more fluid. Solvents are used to break down the oil in your paint, so they’re needed if you’d like to dilute the paint or to clean your brushes. 

Oil paints are thicker and heavier than other mediums. As a result, oil paint dries slowly. This allows mistakes to be corrected more easily than other, faster-drying paints. Oil painters have also used this to their advantage and use the “wet-on-wet” (aka alla prima) technique. This painting technique requires you to apply new layers of oil paint on top of a still-wet layer and can be done over several sessions. 

Why You Should Learn Oil Painting in San Francisco

There are several benefits to learning how to paint. It can help to regulate your emotions, as you exercise your creativity and focus on creating a finished project. This has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression in adults and children. Creating a painting also boosts your confidence and self-esteem. 

Oil paints dry slowly. Although you may use a wet-on-wet technique when oil painting, you’ll still need to practice patience while waiting to see your final product. Oil painting will also help improve your focus and attention to detail. You’ll need to be able to work at an easel for a prolonged period and think about how each brushstroke will impact the work you’re creating.

In-Person Oil Painting Classes in San Francisco

If you’d like hands-on instruction in oil painting, sign up for an in-person oil painting class in San Francisco. Classes are taught by expert instructors who will give demonstrations on basic oil painting techniques and principles. You’ll also receive feedback on your work and have the opportunity to socialize with other students. 

The Art School of SF Bay, located in the Sunset District, offers several painting classes with a focus on oil painting. In Oil Painting, Old Masters Technique, you’ll spend four classes mastering the old masters’ technique of oil painting. This technique is one of the oldest traditional oil painting techniques around and can be applied to any genre of realistic painting. 

Oil & Acrylic Painting is another class offered by the Art School of SF Bay. The first class will be dedicated to learning the basic principles of oil painting before you begin creating an impressionist piece, a landscape, a still life, a portrait, and your choice of final project throughout the remaining classes. 

Over in Richmond, California, the Richmond Art Center hosts oil painting classes for students of a range of skill levels. The class Fundamentals of Painting will teach you oil painting techniques as you work on painting a realistic still life. Beginners are welcome to take this class to learn how to oil paint, while intermediate-level learners are welcome to come and brush up their skills. There is a list of supplies that you need to procure before the first session posted on the class page. 

The Richmond Art Center also offers Paint Sketching, an intermediate painting class. You’ll work on two paintings per class as you explore different painting process elements. Any painting medium may be used in the class, but there’s an emphasis on oil. 

Virtual Oil Painting Classes 

If you can’t make an oil painting class in the San Francisco area, look into the virtual oil painting classes available to you. Virtual classes are taught by expert instructors from around the country. These classes are taught remotely using an online video platform, so you can take your class from any interruption-free environment with a stable internet connection. This makes virtual classes ideal for learners who can’t commute to an in-person class or who would like to learn from the comfort of their home or office. 

Sign up for Pastimes for a Lifetime’s class, Online Oil Pastel 101, to receive a basic understanding of oil paints. This class will also teach you the basics of color theory and color mixing. Be aware that their online Intro to Drawing class is a prerequisite. 

The Richmond Art Center’s class, Abstract Painting, is for intermediate painters who would like to work on abstract pieces. You’ll have your choice of medium in this class, including oil paints, however, ensure that if you’re using a solvent in your home without supervision, you’re using it safely. Instruction for this class is also available in Spanish. 

The Evanston Art Center’s oil painting discussion and critique class will allow you to share your ideas and get feedback from an instructor and fellow painters. This class encourages you to discuss your creative concerns, roadblocks, and works in progress in the hopes of receiving useful advice and encouragement. 

Private Group Oil Painting Classes in San Francisco

Is your business or organization interested in booking a private group oil painting class as a team-building activity? Or do you have a group of friends that would like to learn to paint together? Whatever your group’s goals, CourseHorse can deliver oil painting classes to you. 

CourseHorse’s website has a contact form that you can use to contact them about the oil painting classes they can offer to your group. You can discuss the group size that can be accommodated as well as potential class customizations. If you’re unsure of your group’s size, they’ll let you book your class using the minimum group size and allow you to update your headcount later. 

If your group would like to explore other painting mediums CourseHorse offers a virtual watercolor workshop and a virtual acrylic workshop that you can book. At the end of these 90-minute interactive classes, each member of your group will have created artwork inspired by another piece or photo that your group has chosen. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees. You can also reschedule a class within 48 hours or less for a $150 rescheduling fee or cancel your class for free two weeks beforehand. 

CourseHorse accommodates several online video platforms through which their classes can be taken. They recommend using Zoom, but if you provide the meeting details, they can also teach a class using Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx.

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