In-Person Class Water-Soluble Oils: Tools and Techniques with Nancy Lohmiller

Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27: 9:30 am-12 pm

This 4-week class in water-soluble oils will focus on the basic elements of the medium, while examining and exploring tools to achieve fluidity, allowing for the expression of the form, movement of the brush and an understanding of the usage of mixing agents to achieve specific results. Tools and supports will be discussed, as well as basic compositional issues such as light, shadow, form and perspective. Ideal for beginners to explore the medium and for advanced students to increase their understanding and enrich their creative process. Weekly presentations include demonstration, critiques, and time to work. Encouragement of questions, sharing of work and critiques give a greater depth and knowledge to each student. A variety of handouts will be provided in class. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas and images, which allow individuals a base of interest and the opportunity to solve further compositional and technique issues. Water-soluble oil paints will be provided if you do not have your own supply. The Supply List is available online.

In-Person Class Fee: $120 Member / $144 Non-Member


Water Soluble Oil Painting Series with Nancy Lohmiller

Supply List

• NOTE:  This class may be adapted for traditional oil painters, just be sure to have supplies to support the solvents you use such as linseed oil, turpenoids, thinners etc. I use water-soluble oils. Some of my supplies differ from traditional oils. They work the same as traditional oils but are easier to clean with water and Dawn dish soap and less toxic.

Brushes - Bristle brush for lying in your painting

A. Basic round brush is the workhorse of painting. Sable is the best but expensive. I use Sable/Synthetics - they work well and hold their shape.

~ Round Brushes sizes: #6, #8, #10 #12

B. Flat Brushes are great for clean smooth edges. Important Tip: make sure your brushes come to a crisp fine point.

~ Flat Brushes sizes: 1/2 inch and 1inch

Palette - even in oils I find a covered palette allows mobility, protects paints and

avoids a mess with wet paint.  I use paper palettes and a pizza box to store. But they stay wet for about a week and a spray of water and/or oil brings them back to life.

Canvas – approximate size of 9x12” or 11x 14” will work well for our purpose.

Choose from canvas board or standard canvas (they come stretched and coated with gesso)


• Common paint brands are: Winsor-Newton, Winsor-Newton Artisans, Holbein, Daniel Smith, Coptic, Rembrandt. They can be purchased at Michael’s or online at Dick Blicks.

• Note - there are many pigments, all reputable manufactures of quality pigments.

• Choosing paints, you want a cool and warm tone for each of the primary colors.

They are: Yellow, Blue, and Red (I also recommend Yellow Ochre, Hookers or Sap Green, Burnt Sienna and/or Burnt Umber)

Optional: Gloves - Some prefer rubber gloves when using paints. But with Water-soluble oils I have never found a need.

Tools/supplies - Easel Toothbrush, Natural Sponge/s, towel, paper towel, glass jar or plastic container, water and Dawn dish soap to rinse and clean brushes

Solvents - Walnut Oil - get it at the grocery store. (Less toxic)

Optional Stretching canvas -If you are using a pad of canvas that is not on stretchers you will need a frame to hold it in place:

Standard size Foam Board in white works well and does not weigh much at all.

The traditional materials are Wood or Bristle Board with staples but are heavier.

To use the foam board I cover the foam board with mailing tape and then using strips of the mailing clear tape I secure the paper to the board on all 4 sides, putting a fold into tape at each end.(when taking it off the board makes it easy to pull off.

Prepping Canvas

I recommend that you have your canvas prepped before class to save time.

*ALL techniques and preps will be demonstrated in class.

In-Person Class Water-Soluble Oils: Tools and Techniques-Nancy Lohmiller 4/6

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    Cedarburg, WI  53012



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