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Course Number: 234PTOP160

Dates: Sunday, September 24 - November 5, 2023
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Exception Dates: No class 10/29

Meets: Su from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM , 6 sessions

Fee: $220.00

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This course ended on November 5, 2023

Learn basic, intermediate, and advanced oil painting techniques. This class is for students of all levels. The only rule in this class is to have fun and paint with oils. It is suggested that students be 18 or older but it’s not mandatory.
There will be an interesting still life set up for every class or you can paint anything you want! There are no limits. Your subject matter should inspire you. Bring any type of reference material or paint from imagination. If you are using a photograph as a reference, please print it on paper before you come to class. The print should be color and large enough to see details. Bring masking tape to secure your photo to the easel. Also, you can use a tablet, if you don’t care that it might get messy.
During the first class. We will discuss your goals and what your subject matter will be. I will observe everyone’s skill level and we can work together with respect to your individual style.
Special attention will be provided to students that are new to oil painting. I will walk you through the process. You will learn about how to set up and use the materials. Oil painting is not as complicated as you think. I will break it down for you.
Students with experience will learn how to take their painting skills to the next level and jump over obstacles that might be holding them back. Each student will work at their own pace. I can provide helpful suggestions, and answer questions along the way. It’s a relaxed vibe with no pressure. We have fun in Creative Oil Painting class.

You will:
• learn how to use oil paints and mediums
• how to create good composition
• enhance depth and contrast with the use of color
• learn how to interpret what you see
• brush stroke and pallet knife techniques
• mix colors effectively
• become inspired to make painting a full-time hobby or career

This is a class for artistic freedom. Everyone paints differently. We will work together and find the way that’s best for you. After you gain confidence in your painting skills, you can focus on the fun ideas!
Important information:
Do NOT plan on using your smart phone to display your reference photo. That will only make painting more difficult for you. Wear old clothes, an apron, or coveralls. Paint gets everywhere.
Fee: $220.00

Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 220.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00

Chad Creasy

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I've always enjoyed being creative. In my younger years my dream of becoming a musician crossed paths with my natural aptitude for visual art. Creating posters and album covers for the bands eventually led to an interest in painting and graphic design.

I'm a native to Atlanta, I studied painting at the Atlanta College of Art. I graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2001. My wife and I moved to New York City to pursue the glamorous lives of starving artists. It was very competitive and inspiring. We eventually moved back to Atlanta and had children. I took on a graphic artist career to support my growing family. Time for making paintings got scarce for a while.

By 2015 I began to notice I had more free time. My children were older. I needed a way to focus on the present moment and find happiness. I always express myself with creativity. My longing to return to my artistic roots prompted me to pull out my paints again. After posting my first painting on social media, it sold instantly. I haven't put down the brush since. For several years I have enjoyed a steady flow of commissions and sales. Painting has always been part of my true nature.

Oil paints are my primary medium. I paint portraits, landscapes, and I have a special focus on animals. You can take a look at my website for examples of my work,

I also have a YouTube channel Paint Good with Chad, where I host painting tutorials.

Date Day Time Location
09/24/2023Sunday2 PM to 5 PM RM 113
10/01/2023Sunday2 PM to 5 PM RM 113
10/08/2023Sunday2 PM to 5 PM RM 113
10/15/2023Sunday2 PM to 5 PM RM 113
10/22/2023Sunday2 PM to 5 PM RM 113
11/05/2023Sunday2 PM to 5 PM RM 113


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