Intro to Painting at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: Course Syllabus

Intro to Painting at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: Course Syllabus


This 6 week class is designed for the beginning student who desires to learn the basics of oil painting, as well

as for the intermediate level student who has some knowledge but has either not practiced painting in a while

or forgotten the material. Two paintings will be completed in the 6 week period.


Class will focus on how light affects form, color mixing and harmony, and composition of design. Students will

learn by drawing and painting the beautiful wildflowers at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens in their

natural setting and from photos provided by the instructor.


Students will learn how to use brushes as well as a painting knife.


Week 1: Learn about light and form. Learn about using basic colors. Students will learn how to mix 2 separate

blues and 2 browns to create blacks. Sketch the Matillija Poppy on a canvas board in preparation for

painting it on week 3.

Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, and Titanium White will

be required.


Week 2: Learn color mixing, opposites, harmonies, neutrals

Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, and Lemon

Yellow will be required


Week 3: Start painting of the Matillija Poppy. Students will learn to apply paint using the “scrub” technique

used by the Masters.


Week 4: Finish painting of the Matillija Poppy


Week 5: Students will start a new painting using the palette knife using Susan Sarback color mixing method.


Week 6: Finish palette knife painting.