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Course Description

Learn the language of oil painting by working directly from life. Each week Heather will set up simple still lifes designed for students to develop their skills in this alluring and versatile media. Through demonstration and individual instruction, Heather will teach the basics of creating a compelling composition and a logical sense of light and shadow, as well as various techniques for conveying texture, space, and detail. Emphasis also will be placed on oil painting’s most subtle yet powerful tool: color. You will learn about tonal structure and color theory starting by using a limited choice of paints, then gradually adding pigments to your palette as your knowledge expands. While you become familiar with the materials of oil paint, Heather will encourage conceptual investigation, as you search out the infinite meanings and messages that are possible in even the most simple still life study. All levels welcome and will benefit from Heather’s mastery of painting from observation.

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All materials included.

Beginning Oil Painting with Heather McLeod

Heather V McLeod

Heather V McLeod is an artist exploring identity and the psychology by which we perceive others. Interested primarily in portraiture and representative work, Heather creates pieces with the intent of capturing the character of the figure portrayed. She plays with the use of symbolism and concealment to enhance the narrative and evoke a quiet yet humorous side to portraiture. Born and raised in the greater New York area, Heather received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2021 and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Perugia, Italy where she lived and worked for a year. She is a recent recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and The Leslie T. and Francis Posey Scholarship. She has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has been the recipient of a number of art related awards, including most recently AXA Art Prize Finalist.
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