South Pomfret, Vermont
802-457-3500
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Introduction to Painting

Learn how to paint from observation using different methods and techniques in oil.

This introductory class explores oil painting and how to paint from observation using different methods and techniques. Students have the option to use water mixable oils or traditional oil paint. The style of the class is holistic and discussion and questions are encouraged. In-class activities include painting from still lifes, brief demos, discussions, and a formal critique at the end of the course. Hands-on projects include different styles and genres of oil painting. Whether it is composition, color theory, or mixing up your palette, the instructor is committed to assist you throughout the process. His teaching approach will prepare you to further pursue your own interests upon completion of the course. No prior experience in painting is required. In addition to beginners, painters with intermediate experience are welcome.


Students must bring their own art supplies.  Click here for the supply list.


Benjamin S. Anderson has lived coast to coast. As a practicing musician and artist throughout his life, Benjamin was motivated to pursue an MFA in painting to expand his knowledge and develop a pedagogical approach to observational painting. He received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2016 and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in 2019. Benjamin has exhibited at numerous venues and his works are in private collections nationwide. For more information about Benjamin please visit his website.

IMPORTANT: The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our #1 priority. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, it becomes necessary for Artistree to close its doors this fall, any in-progress classes will move to an online format. Our instructors and patrons will keep in mind that a transition to virtual learning is a possibility. Artistree will issue no refunds or credits for classes that cannot continue to run in person and must move to a virtual platform.