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Oil Painting -- Central Ontario Art Association

Oil Painting -- Central Ontario Art Association


Location:  Geneva Park Art Conference

Geneva Park YMCA conference Centre

6604 Rama Rd., R.R. #6, Orillia ON

Hosted by  Central Ontario Art Association

Date: September 14, 15 & 16

Length: 3 days

Hours: Friday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm: Saturday, 9:30 – 4:30: Sunday, 9:30 – 12:00

For information contact Michael Spillane 905-891-8422



This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to complete both a classical-style still life and an alla prima landscape oil painting based on a rural Ontario landscape. Attention will be given to the development of form through careful shading and blending techniques. Michael will use detailed step-by-step instructional handouts, demonstrations with individual attention given to each member. He will also cover the fundamentals of classical painting – such as underpainting and glazing and traditional methods of alla prima and Plein air landscape painting. There will also be the opportunity to experiment with subject matter and have fun creating your own original works of art.

Oil Paintings by Michael Spillane


Friday, September 14 – 6:30 to 9 pm

Establishing a still life drawing and developing a realistic still life painting on a 16 x 20-inch canvas, canvas board or wood panel (gessoed and ready to go).

Saturday, September 15 – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (with lunch break)

Developing a Plein air landscape painting (weather permitting) in oil on a 16 x 20-inch canvas, canvas board or wood panel (gessoed and ready to go). Michael will provide practical tips and techniques on landscape painting outdoors.

Sunday, September 16 – 9:30 am to noon

We will return back inside the studio to continue working on the still life and/or landscape painting. Michael will provide continued support and critique via email after the workshop as ended for those members wishing to spend more time completing the two paintings.