Fine Arts

This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted and who are ready to take the plunge. Students will use oil paint to learn basic techniques of this expansive medium. The fundamental elements of color, color theory, design, form, and content will be explored through studio work, demonstrations, and slide lectures. This is a welcoming and engaging studio-based class; come ready to paint on the first night! / There will be no class July 3. / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Prerequisites: Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.

What to Bring: Two sheets of 22 x 30" Arches cover white paper; one 18 x 24" drawing board (or larger); one 32 oz. container of acrylic gesso; gesso brush; roll of white artist's tape; one 32 oz. container of Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; 12 x 16" pad of disposable palette paper; cloth rags; one 37ml oil paint tube each of Phthalo green and Alizarin crimson; two metal palette knives in varying shapes and sizes. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to Wear: Clothes appropriate for a messy studio environment. An apron or smock may come in handy.

Register Before: May 31

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings

  • Register on or before May 19 and save $25.
  • Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
  • Additional savings. Are you eligible?


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

2D 9361 SU17
Date Start: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Date End: 
Monday, August 7, 2017
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Main Building Room 300
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above.
Days of Week: 
Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.