Gallery 246 artist Karen Barker will present an “Introduction to Water-Soluble Oil Paints” class for artists new to the medium or those seeking non-toxic, solvent-free alternatives to traditional oils.
The class will be held Tuesday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class fee is $60 with all supplies (paint, brushes and surfaces) furnished.
Water-soluble or water-mixable oil paints reduce health risk and environmental damage without sacrificing the working qualities of traditional oil paints, a news release states. Modern pigments avoid irritating or poisonous ingredients such as cadmium, cobalt, turpentine and mineral solvents yet blends still allow for brilliant colors. New formulas to replace the popular cadmium pigments, for instance, take two to four different pigments.
Participants will mix non-toxic pigments in three primary colors from four high-quality brands. They will use the primaries plus white to create a 12-step color wheel and blend tints, shades and neutrals.
Class topics will include information on pigments and how to read paint labels. Water-soluble oil paints are still oil-based, not water-based like acrylics. They dry slowly unless used on quick-drying mediums. They can be mixed with traditional oil paints, but such mixing reduces the thinning effect of water.
The class will work on canvas panels and four different papers especially prepared for oil paints. Students will explore the different painting mediums, including one that allows traditional oil paints to be thinned with water.
The class is a good grounding for classes in still-life and landscape planned in June.
Space is limited so class size will be three to seven students, with pre-registration and pre-payment encouraged to secure a seat. To register, stop by Gallery 246, 243 E. Main St., call 870-262-8066 or email thegallery@ gallery246.com.
Barker has been painting in oils since the sixth grade and has a BFA in Fine Art from Arkansas State University. She teaches art classes in several media at Gallery 246 in Batesville.
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