Intro to Oils – Finding the Color of Light

Title: Intro to Oils – Finding the Color of Light

Type of Class: Oils

Instructor: Sharon Martin

Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 to 12:30

Dates: Apr 3 to May 8, 2019

Price: $110/100 members

This course will cover the foundational concepts for painting in A painterly style as characterized by thick decisive brush strokes to create form. You will learn how to simplify a complex scene into shapes and values, or as artist Kevin McPhearson terms it, color shapes. I will demo the first hour and explain my thinking process. We will touch on shape, value, color mixing, brush stroke and composition. Our subject will be landscape. All levels welcome.

To see more of Sharon’s work, visit her website here:

Alabama Art Supply

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Sharon’s students are welcome to enroll in Open Studio for the discounted price of $25.  Sharon will be in studio on Fridays from 10 to 1.  She will be on hand to offer advice, troubleshooting, and conversation!

Open Studio for Painting

Friday, 10 am to 4 pm

Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm

Open Studio is based on Studio availability.  Depending on the workshop schedule, open studio will alternate between studios 4 and 5.

A romantic at heart, with a passion for new experiences, Sharon dreams and plans where she’ll go next. You’ll find her studying language, reading a classic historical novel, and planning her route. Painting unreal places on canvas is another way to capture and bring home memories. 

As a plein air artist and photographer, she has traveled to Italy, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Wales. Closer to home she paints seascapes, marshes, fields and architecture. She paints in plein air to increase her understanding of light on form as many of the great landscape artists of the past have done.

She has studied with renowned artists Dee Beard Dean, Bill Davidson, Damon Carter, Millie Gosch, and Chris Di Domizio. A versatile artist, she enjoys working in oil, pastels, and acrylics, and paints mainly in oils.

A gifted instructor, she relishes passing on that passion to her students which have included high school and adults. Past instruction has included The Timothy Ministry of First Baptist Church and Masters Academy of Fine Art Portfolio program, Woodstock, Ga. Currently she teaches adult landscape painting courses and workshops at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Ala, and the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Ala, and is available for private instruction. 

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, norefunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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