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Next-Level Oil Painting – Intermediate Course

March 13 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Wednesdays, March 13th – May 1st
 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Michael Bartlett
Location: Room 208
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $190 / $275 / $350

About the class

Following the Introduction to Oil Painting course, the next level will continue to reveal the secrets of the richness of the oil painting medium. We will begin to learn how to successfully design paintings through composition, guided color mixing, and creation of the illusion of spatial reality on the picture plane. This will involve a deeper exploration of the mediums of oil painting and application techniques such as glazing and using the palette knife. This course will also place emphasis on color harmony and simple color interaction.

  • Composition: Students will examine and learn to use composition armatures and discover the importance of Notan, the dynamic balance of light and dark.
  • Color Mixing: Students will continue to develop oil paint mixing skills on the palette and expand their color making technique. Emphasis will be placed on hue identification and mixing pigment color to match hue, value, and temperature.
  • Painting Design: This course will address landscape, seascape, still life, figurative, and architectural subjects.

Please note that this class uses solvent free, non-toxic methods of working with oil paint and studio hygiene.

If you are not sure this class is a good fit for you, feel free to email the instructor at

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Michael Bartlett

Michael E. Bartlett – an artist of the west. Has practiced fine and commercial arts for over 50 years. An award-winning oil painter of landscapes and coastal scenes, master craftsman and innovator, from Montana, working now in Northern California, lives paints and teaches in Sonoma, California. Member of the California Art Club and Oil Painters of America.

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