Oil Painting for Beginners/Intermediate

Manami Fukuda’s popular oil painting class is now offering an option for past students to advance their skills by choosing their own subject matter! Bring a few reference photos the first week, and Manami will help you choose a suitable image for the six-week time period.

For beginners, this introductory class focuses on “still life.” In this six week course, you will learn about shapes of objects, light, composition, perspective and colour.  The subject image will be provided. With lots of one-on-one help, you will begin with step-by-step understanding of the layering method of painting to create a range of tones, texture, clarity, and shape. After you learn the basic skills of oil painting, you will be supported to develop your own style and personal techniques later on. This goal of this class is to get comfortable and familiar with using oil paints, and of course to discover the pleasure and rewards of creating your art!

SPRING SESSION 2: Tuesdays, 7-9PM • May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2021 (6 weeks) • Cost: $110 • UPDATE: Previously filled, but as of April 10, two spots have opened up!

(If you register online, please put a note in the ‘Additional Information > Order Notes’ field to advise if you wish to purchase painting supplies from the instructor.)

(Currently underway: SPRING SESSION 1: Tuesdays, 7-9PM • March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 2021 (6 weeks) • Cost: $110)

Register & Pay Online

COVID-19 POLICY NOTE: As a public building, SJAC must follow the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Health guidelines on the coronavirus. In the unfortunate event that the local Saint John Zone must ‘move back’ to stricter social distancing policies and classes must be cancelled, participants will be refunded for the remaining classes. Please note that community face masks are required.

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Students may provide their own supplies, or order supplies from the instructor for an additional fee of $85, due the first class. Please advise if you will be bringing your own supplies or ordering supplies from the instructor when you register.

• 16” x 20”Canvas
• Brushes:  #0 round , #4 round, #6 Flat
• Oil paints : Yellow ochre, Burnt sienna, Sap green, Ultramarine blue, Yellow light, Cadmium red hue, Titanium white, Alizarin crimson
• Palette  (Plastic/wood/glass)
• Thinner (odorless)
• Small jars (to store thinner)
• Old cloth  (for wiping brushes, etc.)

(If you register online, please put a note in the ‘Additional Information > Order Notes’ field to advise if you wish to order supplies from the instructor.)

About the Instructor

Manami_bio_pic_smallManami Fukuda is a visual artist and art teacher based in Rothesay. Originally from Japan, she has been selling her work through local art exhibitions and events for several years including the Saint John Arts Centre. Her work is recognized for its vibrant colours, realism style and distinctive composition of still life.

Manami regularly paints commissions and has managed a major gallery in Saint John.

Manami has been teaching art classes to groups and individuals including youth and adults for several years. Her courses have expanded each year with growing popularity and students progressing to exceptional results. Manami studied Art and Design in Japan and has since developed her craft over many years with ongoing mentorship.  Her portfolio of commercial and published work includes book covers, greeting cards, jewellery, performance art and interior design.