Beginner Guide to Oil Painting Part 2: Value

Adele McFarlane Wile, Visual Artist, Educator

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7 Videos (1h 11m)
    • introduction

    • Materials

    • Mixing Black

    • Value Scales

    • Assignment

    • Clean up

    • Overview


About This Class

Understanding Value is hands down your secret weapon to better painting. Value is the key to creating the illusion of depth and form in a painting. In this class you will learn how to observe value in a subject and translate what you are seeing through paint.  In the video lessons I will discuss a little color theory, show you how to mix your own black paint, go through some value scale exercises, and take you through observing and painting a piece of draped fabric. 

This class is the second part in a three part series on exploring the characteristics of oil paint through learning about the attributes of color.

Music used for this series of videos is "Piano Moment" from





Adele McFarlane Wile

Visual Artist, Educator

I am a Canadian visual artist and educator based out of Nova Scotia. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia Collage of Art and Design University and a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University. I currently teach in the Art Department at St. Francis Xavier University and maintain a studio practice out of my home in northeastern Nova Scotia.  

My medium of choice is oil paint but my work also includes drawing, collage, and sculpture. A significant amount of m...

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