Introduction to Oil Painting (W22)

Instructor: Harrison Halaska

In this class we will be focusing on painting still lifes, in oil paint, from life. We will discuss composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. We will also take a look at the history of still life painting and talk about historical and contemporary masters of the genre. This class meets in-person at AVA. Click here for a materials list.


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Harrison Halaska received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2018. His focus has been painting still lifes, landscapes, and portraits from life. He is engaged by the uncovering and discovery of his environment through painting. His paintings have been in various exhibitions, including shows at George Billis Gallery, Huntington Library, Laguna Museum of Art, and the 2018 XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition. He has also taught at the California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley high school for two years. Harrison is excited to begin making paintings of his girlfriend, dog, and the beautiful New England landscape.