Adult (age 16+), In Person, Classes, Yard School of Art, Painting, Janet Boltax

Introduction to Painting, Step by Step

Fridays, 10 Weeks
10:00 am
12:30 am
No Class on Friday, November 24

Using oil or acrylic paints, students will learn the basics of painting in easily digestible stages. You will learn how to set up a palette, use painting mediums and brushes, mix colors, create correct values, and understand the principles of good composition. Of particular benefit is a logical and almost foolproof method for mixing colors correctly. Students will receive multiple instructional handouts to clarify and reinforce what is learned in class. In addition, the work of old and contemporary masters is discussed each week as it relates to student work.

Those taking the class should have some basic drawing skills. Students will receive a list of materials needed prior to class. All materials must be brought to first class.

Review the class supply list here.

See the Yard School Policies for complete health and safety information.

Be inspired by the exhibitions on view at MAM this fall! Free tours are exclusively for students enrolled in Yard School classes and are led by trained museum docents. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries!

An exclusive gallery tour for those enrolled in adult classes will be offered on Saturday, October 7, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

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Janet Boltax

Janet Boltax has always been powerfully drawn to portraiture and figurative art. During the past 10 years, she has been working on a series of oil portraits in which the paintings are accompanied by interviews she conducts with the sitters. They include 25 portraits of people over 90, 12 portraits of two transgender individuals as they transition, double portraits of identical twins, and others. 

She has had numerous solo exhibits of her paintings throughout the U.S., and is also an accomplished printmaker and collagist. Most recently Janet had an extensive article about her work published in the September issue of Artists Magazine along with an online segment which can be accessed here

She has been teaching art for the past 15 years; the last 10 of them at MAM. Janet loves to teach and is continually striving to introduce new techniques and methods in order to help her students progress and excel in their work."