Shaping Content: Material Into Meaning

Seize a unique opportunity to study with visiting artist Chester Arnold whose work, which explores contemporary landscapes, is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Nevada Museum of Art, di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature, Tacoma Museum of Art, and San Jose Museum of Art. 

“My paintings are part of a visual dialogue running the length and breadth of human history. The search for excellence in this Art and Craft has led me to​ explore the natural world and the human events that inhabit it, constructing narratives that celebrate and question our presence in the world.

Although representational, I seek a way of painting that is richly traditional, yet radically and surprisingly new. I attempt to articulate more than the surfaces and dimensions of reality, summoning the wordless meanings and sensations that only visual art can.” 

Learn more about Chester Arnold.

9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
All Level Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Supports for painting, to be assembled and fully prepared in day 1:

  • three heavy duty stretcher bar frames, 12”x16”(Utrecht)
  • one yard of 66J portrait linen (Utrecht/Blick)

Oil Paints:

  • Cadmium red light
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Venetian Red
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Phthalocyanine blue
  • Indigo(Winsor/Newton)
  • Phthalocyanine Green
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Yellow ochre pale(Winsor/Newton)
  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Flake white substitute (Gamblin)


  • ~1 “Egbert” filbert #4 (Robert Simmons)
  • ~1 Bristle filbert # 6
  • ~1 Sable round #6 (Isabey) (this is a small brush for lining and delicate work, pencil point size)
  • ~1 @1.5” or 2” flat bristle brush for general studio use


  • a brush cleaning pot with lid
  • small cup with lid for painting medium
  • palette or palette paper
  • rags
  • one pack soft vine charcoal, 1/4 inch round
  • mall empty bottle for workshop-made oil medium

Rabbit skin glue, White ground, Stand Oil Medium, Final Picture Varnish, glue brushes and scrapers, staple guns and scissors will be supplied by
the instructor.

The quest to understand the world around us through the process of drawing or painting is a primal one, from the earliest cave paintings in Chauvet and Altamira to the eloquent tagging of Banksy. This workshop is focused on developing meaningful content while exploring historical methods and materials in painting. Participants will learn basic skills in preparation of linen and other fabrics for oil painting, including both stretched and panel mounting fabric. Glue sizing, oil grounding, and strategies for building dynamic and subtle physical structures will be followed by lectures and demonstrations tracing the search for personal content.