Ann McMillan Art
Fine Art in Color

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Upcoming Classes and Workshops


Please join me for this spring and summer's teaching and learning:


Join Ann in focusing on confident and authentic plein air and studio landscape work. The class will address solid compositions, and clean color harmonies.  We will work on taking plein air work larger, bolder and farther, by working large in the field and working with sketches to create scaled up work in the studio.  The class is open to all levels, and to students working in pastel as well as oil, although there will be fair bit of teaching about keeping color mixes clean in oil paint.

DAILY PAINTING PRACTICE: Composition and Design

Please join Ann McMillan for an overview of painting skills.  We will work on composition, design, value structure and clean color mixing of oil paints. Pastel and acrylic painters are also welcome. We will be working on paintings under 10 x 10 inches with only a few primary colors. The focus will be on authentic observation of still-life and landscape subjects. This session will have a short lecture and some formal instruction on compositions and sketching for a successful finish.  There will be lots of time to paint.

Painting: Beginning and Beyond April 7, 2016 to June 16, 2016 Each Thursday,  7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Excepting Thursday, April 21, 2016 Location: Palo Alto Art Center Phone Number: 650.617.3525 Address: 1313 Newell Road Palo Alto, Ca 94303 Registration link

This painting class will introduce basic skills in the handling of oil or acrylic paint. We will explore various approaches to painting including alla prima, impasto, wet into wet, and glazing. More advanced students will broaden their technical knowledge as well as develop their own content and voice. Focus early in the class will be on observation and interpretation of still-life and figure. Ann will show how to paint from sketches and photos as students are interested.


No class 4/21.

Please bring to first class: oil/acrylic paint in Titanium white, and three primaries (red/yellow/blue) (Lukas studio paint, or daler-rowney student grade paint). 1/2″ wide flat paintbrush, palette knife, palette at least 16 x 20 inches, water, 2 or three substrates: canvas paper (12 x 16″) or small canvas panels. Additional materials will be discussed at first class.  Other media, such as oil, pastel and watercolor are also welcome.

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