J. M. Croy         Original Oil Paintings  Impressionistic oil paintings 
Class Information
Jane now has TWO painting classes for adults available on Thursdays at the Hobby Lobby Classroom in Bartlett, Tn.   The classes are "Adult Oil or Acrylic Painting" and "Beginning Portrait Painting in Oil"  Please scroll down to the appropriate class for information and correct supply list. 

Adult Oil or Acrylic Painting Classes

Classes for adults to paint in any style at any skill level.
Individualized instructions for adults  in a small class setting.
Excellent class for beginners AND a great way to get advice or effective critiques for advanced students.  

Adult Classes, times and locations

In the Memphis, Tn. area Jane will be available for  Adult Oil or Acrylic Painting classes on Thursdays at the Hobby Lobby classroom on Stage Road  from 9:30 until 12:30.   Classes begin the first Thursday of each month and run on a continuing basis.      

Cost for Classes 

     Prices for the classes are $5 per hour payable in advance on a monthly basis.  Reservations are required and my apologies but this class is full at this time.   Just contact me at JMCroyArt@gmail.com  and I'll put you on our waiting list.


1.  Photos that you would like to paint (The only thing I can't teach you is how to paint something you "see" only in your head - at least not at the first class)

2.  One 16 X 20 canvas

3.  Brushes - an assorted set specifically for oil or acrylic paints (preferably stiff bristles).

4.  Paints - Oil or acrylic paints in the following colors:  White
                                                                                           Paynes grey or black
                                                                                            yellow ochre
                                                                                             any brown
                                                                                             any  red
                                                                                             any green
                                                                                             any blue
                                                                                             any yellow
You can purchase other colors as you need them.   My suggestion is to dig out and dust off that old set you had in high school or college just to get started  or just bring what you already have.   If you are a beginner, you can purchase a good medium priced basic set with all of these colors.     Please avoid kits with a bunch of  tiny tubes.   A basic rule of thumb is that you "get what you pay for" - the cheaper the set, the less pigment in the paint but you don't have to get the most expensive set.   You'll find out why in class.

5.  Palette - anything from a paper plate to a purchased palette.   I suggest a palette pad where you can tear off the page and save the paint to take home or just throw the page away for ease in transport

6.  Odorless Mineral Spirits and an empty glass jar for use with OIL PAINTS - do not purchase this at a hardware store (they are not refined enough to get the smell out).  A medium size container (one quart or less) is all you will need.   Bring a jar with a metal lid that is closeable to keep your used mineral spirits in


a bucket for water for use with ACRYLICS (empty ice cream buckets are ideal)

7.  Paper towels, an apron, a large clear zip lock baggie, and a cart or box or case in which to load all this up and get it safely from home to class and back again.   And an apron if you're a messy painter like me.

8.  A Happy "Can Do" attitude (actually if you don't bring it with you we'll get you one in class) 

Beginning Portrait Painting in Oil
This class is for the adult beginner who wants to learn to paint faces from photos using oil paint.   There is no prior experience needed.   Reservations are required for this class.   Class size is extrememly limited to allow for individualized instruction.  

In this class you will learn:    to pick the best and easiest photos from which to paint a portrait.
how to draw the portrait in preparation for the painting
how to paint the portrait using one of several different painting techniques relative to the needs of the photo

Classes are $10 per hour payable in advance for one month at a time.   Hours do not carry over but makeup hours can be arranged. Contact Jane at JMCroyArt@gmail.com to inquire about classes or to make a reservation.  

Supplies needed for class:
1.  Several photos from which to choose (preferred photos are 5" X 7" or larger.   Photos must be printed and not just accessable by phone or ipad.
2.  Oil paints in the following colors:  titanium white, black, yellow ochre, cadmium red, burnt sienna, raw sienna, and various colors needed for eye color and clothing.
3.   Odorless mineral spirits (NOT paint thinner)
4.  Paper towels
5.  Palette (tear off paper palette is fine)
6.  11" X 14" or larger canvas
7.  Filbert and square shaped stiff bristle brushes in sizes from 2 to 8.   Small round soft brushes in sizes 0 to 2.  Soft square brushes in sizes 2 to 6.
8.   One large and one small ziplock baggie.
9.  Optional - a black and white copy of the photo we choose to paint.
10.  Optional - Liquin and/or linseed oil (Only as needed - since the class is located in an art supply store these and other otional equipment can be purchased as needed  on the spot or can be purchased online or at other art supply stores as needed)

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