ONSITE: Understanding Color Through Oil Painting (Ages 15–18)

Develop an in-depth understanding of color theory using oil paint, one of the most time-honored art media in the western tradition. We’ll explore the theory and test it out through practical application. Knowledge of color theory is critical for artists working in any medium, so you’ll benefit from this class even if you’re not a painter.

Special Notes

  • Drawing skills highly recommended.

    This class counts as a core class in our Art League Certificate Program.

    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 ONSITE course. Students are expected to adhere to our COVID-19 policies. For more info please visit

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About the Instructor

Tommy Van Auken

Thomas Van Auken decided to be an artist when he was drawing a horse in the first grade. Since then, he has focused on drawing and painting, working and experimenting with a variety of materials, especially oil paint. He studied at the Corcoran School of Fine Art, and has shown in a number of galleries including 2nd Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA, and Joan Wich and Co in Houston, TX. In Richmond, he has shown at Eric Schindler Gallery several times over the past 20 years. He began teaching at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in 2003.

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ONSITE: Understanding Color Through Oil Painting (Ages 15–18)

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Class Details
March 29 - May 246:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $225.00
Member Tuition: $202.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Tommy Van Auken