ONSITE: Getting Started with Oil Painting in a Weekend

This class is expertly crafted to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of oils, catering to both beginners and those seeking a deeper exploration of this enduring medium. Over the course of a single day, we will unravel the intricate 500 year old history and scientific foundations of oil painting, simplifying its complexities into a contemporary, pragmatic approach that empowers artists to personalize their work.

Special Notes

  • Come ready to learn and try out the basics of oil in this one day class. You will get a supply list at the end of class if you want to go home and get started oil painting.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
About the Instructor

Stanley Rayfield

Stanley Rayfield realized his love for art early in life, pursuing his passion before graduating high school. In 2009, Stanley graduated from a nationally ranked fine arts program, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in Richmond, VA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Communication Arts. He furthered his study by undergoing intensive training in classical realism through Grand Central Atelier in Long Island, NY. Stanley cites his Christian faith and the likes of Henry O.Tanner and John Singer Sargent as some of his sources of inspiration.
Stanley’s portraits possess a photo-realistic likeness and skillfully capture the soul and spirit of the subject. With this gift, portraiture became central in Stanley’s fine art career, most notably when he entered the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Portrait Competition at age 19. The painting of his father entitled, “Dad”, earned 2nd place in the competition. Currently, Stanley enjoys mainly producing Fine Art paintings and drawings for collectors and museums. He has honed his portraiture skills throughout the years and has been fortunate to have his award-winning fine art portraits acquired by The United States Pentagon, museums, one being Virginia Museum of Fine Art, universities, collectors, as well as featured in prominent art publications. Collectors of Stanley’s artwork include Academy Award-winning director, Spike Lee. In 2022 Stanley painted the official portrait of the 73rd Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam. Stanley is the first African American to paint a gubernatorial portrait in the state of Virginia.
Stanley has displayed his artwork at several solo shows with Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond VA, regional and national competitions, and group exhibitions. He has painted U.S. Armed Forces Service Members, local county dignitaries, University dignitaries, theologians, CEOs, pets, and a host of other subjects. These subjects and more, Stanley continues to paint with the same passion he discovered at the onset of his career and the same heart he possessed to create his cherished, “Dad” in 2008.

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ONSITE: Getting Started with Oil Painting in a Weekend

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June 2210 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Day: Sat
Tuition: $90.00
Member Tuition: $81.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Stanley Rayfield
Level: Beginner