Create dynamic oil paintings

Learn to see and paint with clarity using oils.

Instructor: Aline Ordman
Fine Art Painters
Medium: Oil
Stage: Aspiring, Emerging

Saturday, January 11, 2025
One Day Course
9am – 1pm MT


Note: Price in $USD

19 in stock

All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

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Course Description

Painting is learning to see. Often, we paint what we think we see because we all have preconceived notions of what something looks like. However, to really paint what you see, you must break down everything you’re looking at into abstract shapes. Don’t see a “house,” see a series of interlocking shapes.
Working from your own photo references, you will transform these into oil paintings using the principles of color, value and design. Along with a painting demonstration, Aline will talk about understanding color in terms of temperature, intensity and value while translating those ideas using oil technique. She will also emphasize the concept of creating shapes and carving back on them in order to achieve a painterly finish. Her demo will be figures in an environment.


  • To see and paint with greater clarity and accuracy.
  • To understand color theory and apply it effectively in oil work.
  • To develop skills in creating shapes and carving them back for a more painterly finish.
  • Gain insights into painting figures in their environments.
  • Strengthen your oil techniques for more expressive depth and texture.
  • Improve your ability to interpret and translate what you see onto the canvas.
Supply List

I use Water Missible oils but traditional oils are fine if you use them. Please use odor free solvents with them like Gamblin.

You can buy all these on line at or or (which is a bit pricier)

Holbein Duo Water Missable Oil Paints are my favorite. Cobra has some nice colors but not as vivid.

I have discovered Lucas Water Soluble oils as well and they are less expensive but not nearly the same quality. Windsor Newton Artisan are not good at all,.

My Palette:

Keep in mind that if you have a palette you like, you don’t need to use my colors but make sure you have warm and cool colors and light and dark values.

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Rose Madder
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean or Verditer Blue or King Blue (Cobra makes this color)
  • Sap Green
  • Cadmium Red Hue (the hues are much cheaper and non toxic)
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue (which is orange)
  • Cadmium Yellow Hue
  • Cadmium Yellow Light Hue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Jaune Brilliant
  • White (I use Ceramic because Titanium is toxic)
  • Transparent Red Oxide (only made by Cobra an is great for initial sketch)
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Horizon Blue
  • Coral
  • Ice Green

I think Coral, Lavender and Lilac are easy to mix, Horizon Blue is tougher

One Acrylic color to tone canvases. I like Raw Sienna or Venetian Red but it’s your choice


If your brushes seem okay, use them. I use Rosemary Ivory and Evergreen brushes and I like the long filberts…size 0, size 4 or 6 and size 8 or 10, one dagger brush 34” should do it. You can order them on line at their site

For travelers:

If this is a traveling trip, especially plein air, then get oil panels rather than canvases and keep them manageable in size…8 x 10, 9 x 12, 11 x 14. I recommend Ray Mar, Centurion Deluxe Oil Primed Linen Panels, and there are others. For carrying the panels, Ray Mar makes lightweight carriers that are sized to the size of your panels.

I also recommend some either small panels (6 x 8 say) or a pad of canvas paper in order to do some quick exercises.

I use a Strada or Easy L easel which is essentially a box that gets mounted to a tripod. However, it’s about $250 and probably not worth it unless you intend to keep this up. So, I’d get a cheap, light easel and hope it isn’t too windy.

Any questions email me: [email protected]

Instructor Bio

Aline received her BFA at Cornell University, and continued her training at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, earning a degree in Illustration.

“My goal as an artist is to find those times and places where beauty is not only evident, but startling and suddenly present.”

Aline is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and a Master Circle Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She has juried the Pastel Society of America’s National Juried show; The Pastel Journal’s Top 100 Animal and Wildlife Competition, the Pastel Society of New Mexico’s Annual Juried Show and the Adirondack Plein Air Festival Awards.

She was featured in an article in the February issue of the Pastel Journal and she has been honored with awards at the 33rd and 34thand 38th Annual Juried Shows of the Pastel Society of America in New York City. Aline has won awards several times in the Top 100 Pastels issues of the Pastel Journal. Her work has been accepted innational juried shows of the American Impressionist Society, The Pastel Society of Americaand the Oil Painters of America. Aline teaches workshops throughout the country and in Europe. She is represented by Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, Maine; Blue Heron Gallery in Wellfleet, MA; Brickhouse Gallery, VT ; Little Gallery in Mackinac, MI .

oil painting of horses racing
painting of a flower garden
oil painting of a living room
pastel painting of flowers in a vase
Pastel painting of a forest
Pastel painting of a forest
Pastel painting of a forest


How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

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If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

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You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

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We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


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