Virtual Class–Oil Painting Basics: Still Life, with Chalice Mitchell
Instructor: Chalice Mitchell
Dates: Saturday, April 18 –  Saturday, May 2, 2020
Time: Saturday, April 18 & Saturday, May 2 (with additional one-on-one consultations as needed prior to the final class on May 16)
Cost: SVAC Member: $75; Non-Member: $85
Ages 15+

Chalice Mitchell teaches the basics of oil painting in this online workshop using a combination of pre-recorded and interactive lessons. Focused on still life painting, she will cover laying out the palette, color mixing, blocking in shapes, and creating the illusion of form. This course includes a 45-60 minute demo video, 2 individual (or small group) consultations with Chalice as you work through your painting, and a final show & tell with all the other students over Zoom. Choose your own personal objects and improve your painting skills!

The demo will be available to participants beginning on April 18. Schedule follow-up Zoom meetings with Chalice at your mutual convenience. Closing class, for everyone, meets Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m EDT.

Materials List:

  • 11×14″ to 16×20″ canvas (primed & tinted)
  • paints; titanium white, cad yellow light, yellow ochre, cad red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean, burnt umber(optional ivory black, sap green, viridian green, any other colors you like)
  • mineral spirits (I like Gamsol)
  • Painting medium ( Linseed oil mixed with mineral spirits or Galkyd)
  • 2 glass jars
  • a variety of brushes (flats, filberts, angles)
  • palette knife (useful but optional)
  • paper towels
  • palette (I use an old cookie sheet. I know it’s strange but it works!)

Video Trailer for the class:

Born in Western Massachusetts, Chalice (pronounced like the cup) Mitchell grew up mostly in Maine and Vermont. Now based in North Adams, MA after 8 years in Japan, Chalice has also lived in England, Canada, New York, Oregon, Colorado, and Florida. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

To register by phone or email, please contact Erin Kaufman at or 802-367-1306.

April 18 at 9:00 am — May 2 at 5:00 pm
9:00 am — 5:00 pm (344h)


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