INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTINGRobert Xavier Burden12 sessions >>Tuesdays, January 30–April 24(no session March 13 due to Spring Break)7:30–10:30 pm, Fort Mason Campus, Suite 26, $530No prerequisite.
This course will introduce students to classical painting techniques and concepts, with an emphasis on understanding the formal language and the fundamentals of visual expression. Introductory assignments will be from observation and geared toward realism. In the first half of the class we will complete a series of studies to address form, value, color, composition, perspective, and figure/ground relationship. Later classes will address the development of the figure through alla prima painting (a work completed in one session) and sustained poses (a painting completed in multiple sessions). The final segment of the course will involve a basic reproduction of an Old Master's painting. Demonstrations and critiques will be given throughout the course.
____Robert Xavier Burden is a San Francisco–based artist who works primarily with oils. He completed his BFA in Painting and Art History at Queen’s University and received his MFA from SFAI, where he was the recipient of the 2007 Irène Pijoan Memorial Painting Award. He has exhibited throughout North America. He has also previously instructed classes at CCSF and Pixar Animation Studios.robertxburden.com
Image courtesy of the artist.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What is the refund policy?You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.
Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?This painting class meets at SFAI's new Fort Mason Campus located at: Herbst Pavilion, 10 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is accessible by car, lyft/uber, or the #43 Muni bus line. Please note there is an hourly pay-to-park system (these spaces are closest to the entrance of the school), but immediately outside of this area is free parking along Marina Green. These hundreds of free spaces are where we recommend parking if you are looking to avoid the $2-3 hourly rate inside Fort Mason Center.
I have a question that isn't on this list. Who can I contact?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]