Oil Painting

Oil Painting

Painting has been one of my life’s greatest sustaining pleasures. It has enlarged my world. My goal here is to share that pleasure with you and to see painting bring out the world of creativity within you!

Oil paints have been most artists’ first choice for hundreds of years, with good reason. The colors are gorgeous, you can do anything with them and they last forever. Oil paint is slow drying so you can remove what you don’t like while it’s wet or you can paint over it when it’s dry. Oil paint is easy to use once you learn the basics. I’ve taught beginners to masters and I’ve learned that everything builds on just a few basic concepts that I will show you here.

This web site is set up to take you step by step to a finished painting.

First learn about the materials you will need to get started.

Next learn a little basic information in easy steps.

Finally use these concepts as you paint the four exercises with me on your own canvases.

You will then have the skills to paint anything you can see or imagine.

Best artists in this genre:

  • George Duschamps
  • Herbert Walker
  • Ronny Melloney


  • 1 – 5 sessions per month     $69.00
  • 5 – 15 sessions per month     $59.00
  • 15 – 30 sessions per month     $49.00

Instructor for this class:

Mary Benson-Instructor

Favorite painting style: Abstract art

Mary Benson is an artist originating from Long Island, NY. She earned her BFA in Studio Art from the College of Saint Rose, along with a minor in Art History. Though her primary concentration was in printmaking, Mary also has experience in painting and photography–all mediums which have technical elements found in her layered work. Her prints have been shown in New York City and throughout the Albany region. Mary finds that her artistic background is helpful to her position as studio coordinator. Having worked with many of the materials used in our acrylic painting, oil painting, and drawing classes, she is eager to share useful tips and provide students with any answer from an artist’s perspective. The most fulfilling part of being a coordinator at The Art Studio NY is helping to build the sense of community found within the studio’s classrooms. Whether it’s answering questions, organizing events, or maintaining the studio, Mary can be found in the office and popping into classrooms.

Learning anything new is a fun thing to do. But learning to paint is both festive and relaxing!

 Artwork activities will balance you!

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