Online Class: Earth Tones and Bones in Oil Part I

  • Wednesday, April 17
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Online

Registering for this class will automatically sign registrants up for Session I on April 17 and Session II on April 24.

Registering for this class will automatically sign registrants up for Session I on April 17 and Session II on April 24. In this 2-part class, draw inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe’s personal collection of bones to in order to create textured and tonal still-life paintings in oil. 

Session I will teach participants about color temperature by creating value scales in oil using a limited color palette. These mixed colors will then be used to copy one of O’Keeffe’s bone paintings in order to study her technique.

In Session II, participants will use photos of bones from O’Keeffe’s personal collection as a reference to create an original oil painting that explores warm and cool earth tones, rich neutrals, form, and depth.

While suitable for all levels, the 2-part structure of this class will be especially helpful to those new to oils. For those more experienced with the medium, this class will be a study of technical skills and how to apply them creatively.

This class is suitable for youth ages 12 and up. Children are welcome to participate alongside their adults.

Space is limited, reservations required.

This program will take place via the video conferencing app – ZOOM. Details for accessing the Zoom meeting will be with your receipt upon registering and again sent via email the day prior. Please register in advance in order to access the program. Note that all program times are in Mountain Time.

Online classes are not recorded. Online classes are offered only as a live and interactive experience.

Supplies needed for this class:

  • Oil paint (Recommended starter set: Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color Paint, Basic Set, 10 x 21ml Tubes- available on amazon) Includes: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Yellow Ochre, Viridian Hue, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black  
  • Solvent (Gamsol or Eco-alternative Sennelier Oil Thinner)
  • Variety of Brushes (Acrylic or oil)
  • Palette Knife
  • Brush cleaning container w/ lid – or Glass jar w/ lid
  • Palette- (parchment paper or piece of glass from a frame)
  • Strathmore 400 Series Oil Painting Pad 9″X12″-10 Sheets -62430309 (or other oil painting papers or canvas)
  • Recommended- Refined Linseed Oil, 75ml

About the Instructor:

A passionate artist and experienced educator, Morgan Jones has spent the last 9 years developing these crafts. She seeks to explore how art can serve as a medium to move us both individually and communally. Her time teaching in public schools, juvenile detention, and community centers has deepened her belief that art is a fundamental means of knowing, connecting, and transforming. In addition to Fine Arts, Morgan studied Art Education at Texas State University as well as Criminal and Social Justice at the College of the Rockies in BC Canada. Morgan’s professional painting practice focuses on plein-air landscape assemblage and multiple exposure oil paintings that call into question ideas of impermanence, memory and conservation. After spending a year living on the road, developing her art from her mobile travel trailer studio, she has settled in Santa Fe to split her time between teaching and creating.

This 2-part class is being offered on a sliding scale.

$20; minimal fee.

$40; covers the cost of the class.

$60; covers the cost of the class, plus a contribution to support educational programs.

Upcoming Events

View from above of a painting of an animal pelvis bone and thigh bone on black strips. The paintings seem inspired from O'Keeffe's paintings of bones. The canvas rests on a wooden surface and surrounding it are art supplies including brushes, paints, oil thinner and a palette knife.

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Online Class: Earth Tones and Bones in Oil Part II


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Photograph of a table with art supplies and small leaves and flowers. Two people are sitting on the edges of the tables their hands visible in the photograph. They use their fingers and tools to press little flowers and leaves into paper.

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Small horizontal watercolor of windmills, two of which are situated on the right. The darker one in the foreground has a water tower beneath it. The second windmill on the right is much lighter and smaller in the background. On the left is the silhouette of another windmill in the distance with the suggestion of buildings behind it. All on a yellow ground with large cumulus cloud in the middle left.

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