Share |

Back to Current Announcements

Notes on Oil Painting

Regional artist Janet Howard-Fatta is versatile in what and where she paints. She does well-planned studio work as well as on-the-spot events painting, indoors and out and en plein air. She is open to new ideas to engage her students, clientele, and the general population. She even makes pancake portraits.

However, she always harkens back to an organizational concept that keeps her standard high while allowing her creativity to empower her talents to paint or draw the subject at hand.  She will share her knowledge and expertise during a master class she calls "Notes on Oil Painting."

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6 p.m., Howard-Fatta will explain the two different meanings of the title: the first colors put down on the canvas and the collection of notes she will share with participants in this master class. The class meets in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe where the artist will give an overview of the evening. Then up to Orange Hall Gallery Loft as she will lead a tour of her exhibit "Light, Color and a Love of Nature," sharing insights and ideas along the way.

After the tour, participants should find a place within OHG Fringe to settle in for a full class. Howard-Fatta will cover the basic set up of materials with oil painting, such as getting comfortable, palette, value and color. While describing the basics, she will detail how time of day, atmosphere, temperature, light, movement, and the season all inform a painting. Still life will be the subject matter as “these ideas can be applied to all subjects and genres” she contends. She will also share her experiences of being a full time artist. Then, with materials in hand, participants will put into practice the basic practices and produce a small observational still life painting with which to take home. Supplies will be provided, but it is always a good idea to bring along a paintbrush.

Janet Howard-Fatta received a BFA in painting at Pratt Institute where she was most influenced by two of her professors, color theorist Mary Buckley and painter Al Blaustein. She has been most influenced by the paintings of Colin Page, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Richard Diebenkorn, and Andrew Wyeth.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

Event date, time and location.

Related Events

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs