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Ray Bonilla--Impactful Oil Painting

Wednesday, 7 September '22   12pm – 3pm EDT
Ray Bonilla-Impactful Oil Painting
6 spaces available

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Ray Bonilla

Impactful Light and Color in Oil painting​

• Special industry guest: David Ethridge Owner/Curator Abend Gallery
• Monday 12:30pm-3:30pm  Eastern Time
• March 7 through early June*
• 8 student maximum class size
• Includes one FREE audit of any other mentorship

*SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students during class time and add a session to the end of the calendar. All Classes meet live and are not recorded due to proprietary content. Teaching will not happen via email, only during class time.

Class Description

Too often a skillful approach to color is not taught in the art school environment. Yet gaining mastery of color takes time and discipline. This mentorship program is an ideal way for artists to get a deep understanding of the complex and foundational parts of oil painting. Ray Bonilla has received wide acclaim for his approach to color, both in the worlds of illustration and in gallery art. His teaching will apply to both of those worlds. The class is highly structured: Ray will walk students through the processes of creating four paintings over the course of the semester. Their path to understanding color will begin with the study of light on form in monochrome. With that knowledge in hand, the student will then learn how to take a monochromatic painting and add color through the use of glazing and careful layers of over-painting. Students will learn how to work with two traditional color palettes: the Zorn palette and the Chromatic palette. Dedicated students will gain a firm grasp of how to use color for maximum impact in their paintings.

Towards the end of the semester special guest gallerist, David Ethridge Owner/Curator Abend Gallery, will review student work.

After taking this class students will also receive the option of a free profile on the Alumni Portfolios page.

What students are saying about mentoring with Ray Bonilla:

"Ray breaks everything down into understandable steps which a student can apply to their own work and see the result... I can’t recommend Ray enough."
Chuck Grieb @chuck_grieb

”Ray's class is awesome! He's a great mentor, walking you through concepts, building upon each consecutive painting...Super fun class. I definitely recommend it!"
Connie Pieper @conniepieperart
"...I learned so much from Ray during this class, and still felt I was only scratching the surface which is why I’m taking his class twice."
Kevin Price @kevpriceart

About Ray Bonilla

Ray Bonilla is a celebrated representational painter and illustrator. His work has been exhibited extensively across the U.S. and is represented by both Abend Gallery and Meibohm Galleries. His illustrations have won gold medals in competitions at The Society of Illustrators In New York and the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. He has also won multiple awards of excellence in Communication Arts Annual Illustration Competitions. His art has been the subject of articles in Communication Arts Magazine and Artists on Art Magazine. He teaches painting at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Age range: Over 18 years


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Ray Bonilla--Impactful Oil Painting
6 available

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Ray Bonilla-Impactful Oil Painting