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Oil Painting: Composition and other Elements with Rodgers Naylor

  • 03/30/2023
  • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden Street, Denver, CO


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This is a class for all levels and will cover all elements of painting especially composition, as this is often what determines the success of the painting.

We will focus on the beginning stages of the painting though we will carry paintings forward to completion as time and students' working pace permits.

We will also cover other elements such as value, edges, and color.

All subject matter is welcome.

Students may bring reference photos or still life set-ups to work from.

Students are encouraged to experiment, take risks, and enjoy the painting experience!

There will be a brief discussion and demo by Rodgers but mostly this will be painting time with individual guidance to help you achieve your painting goals.

Supplies to Bring

Small sketch book (8" x 10" is OK)

Pencils of varying hardness

Photo references (several) or small still-life set up.

Canvases - Recommend small (8" x 10" to 11" x 14") feel free to bring the size you like to work with

Brushes of varying sizes

Paints - Bring what you like to work with but not too many colors

Instructor Suggestions: Limited palette of oil paint colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light or Medium, Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Alizarin, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue

Basically a medium blue, a warm and cool red, a medium yellow, and white. A warm and cool yellow is also helpful.

Easel - standing or table

Paper towels or rags

Odorless mineral spirits like Gamsol 

** NO Turpentine!**


Palette knives


You can email or call the instructor with questions: or 303-388-1452.

About the Instructor

Rodgers Naylor studied drawing at the Atelier in Minneapolis and painting at the Art Students League in Denver. Both experiences still influence his paintings. Rogers paints in oils both en plain air and in the studio. He shows his work in multiple galleries, at art fairs, and at juried art exhibitions. Most of his art time is devoted to painting and exhibitions, but he has also taught classes and workshops for the past ten years.


Park Hill Art Club
P.O. Box 200572
Denver, CO 80220

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