Andrea Petitto: Using the Palette Knife in Painting

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Andrea Petitto: Using the Palette Knife in Painting

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Winter 1:

Mondays 1 PM - 4 PM

6 weeks- Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12

Price: $135 members/$165 non members

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Mondays 1 PM - 4 PM

6 weeks- March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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This course will take students through the process and techniques of using palette knives in painting with oil or acrylic paint. This is a painting course with an emphasis on techniques for use of palette knives. All aspects of painting will be addressed: value, color temperature, composition etc. Students will paint from still life materials in some classes, and from landscape photos in other classes. Assume a still life for the first few classes. 

Paintings will begin at the beginning, with a blank support (canvas or panel) and work toward a finished product, and students will finish one or more paintings during the 6 week session. 

Use of palette knives to paint can eliminate the need for solvents and students are encouraged to avoid the use of solvents in this class. Instead, see the materials list. Some use of brushes is likely, but oil can be used to clean brushes in class. 

Materials

Painting support - stretched canvas or panel sizes between 12 x 12” and 16 x 20”, smooth surface is better than rough. You can also bring a few small supports to make some small preliminary color sketches.

Paints that you normally use - oil or acrylic only. PLEASE do not bring “student grade” paints. These have very poor pigmentation and will lead to disappointing results. 

Include these colors: 

an opaque white (titanium is good)
warm red
magenta or alizarin crimson
orange
cadmium yellow or similar
yellow ochre
purple
green
ultramarine blue
burnt sienna or iron oxide red

A palette for your paints.

Walnut oil (can be bought from Dick Blick - M Graham is least expensive - or walnut oil from grocery store is useable) and a container for holding a modest amount of the walnut oil. Please use metal or plastic containers, not glass. This is to avoid shattered glass if a container is dropped. 

Gel medium: Webber’s Res-n-gel is good, Gamblin gel medium is good

Palette knives (Langnickel are good knives. Cape Cod Camera and Art in Trees Place in Orleans carries them).  Try Langnickel P-3 or something similar.

Brushes that you usually use including the largest brush you have. 

Viva paper towels … the regular kind that is soft as cloth.

Protection for your hands: Either gloves (vinyl exam gloves can be found at CVS in various sizes) or a barrier cream such as Artguard (can be bought from Dick Blick).