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Painting Winter with Chris Kolupski

“PAINTING WINTER …But Out the Window  GVPAP member and well known instructor Chris Kolupski   9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. (arrival/setup 8:30-9:00 am). artists      All mediums welcome,  Oil pigment demo.  

Speed and efficiency don’t make a great outdoor painting, but they are helpful when lighting and weather fail to cooperate—which is almost always. We will focus on process: designing the scene with big shapes, mixing major colors, applying paint broadly, and refining by adding smaller shapes. The class will follow along with my step-by-step demo, as we paint views out the spacious windows of the warm, comfortable lodge.  Chris will also provide a handout that reviews the main points. Subjects covered will include:

  • Designing your composition

  • Premixing your palette

  • Paint application 

  • Brush technique

  • Controlling edges


  • Portable easel (whatever you are comfortable with)

  • Oil colors: titanium white, Naples yellow light (Daler Rowney has a good, cheap tint at the right hue), yellow ocher, cad yellow med, Venetian red and/or burnt sienna, cad red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, sap green, 

  • Bristle brushes:   flats #2, 4, 6 

  • Real or synthetic mongoose flats #4, 6

  • A 1” rigger brush

  • Both a palette knife and a putty knife for mixing

  • Odorless solvent in covered jar

  • Small container of your favorite oil medium

  • Two 11x14” painting panels toned with a thin, dried light red wash

  • Paper towels and garbage bags

Christian Kolupski Biography 

After freelance illustrating for eight years in Rochester, in 1995 I moved to New York City. I studied figure drawing with Dean Keller at the Art Students League of New York, and mentored under oil painter Ed Salazar. In 2000 I studied with Nelson Shanks at the League, and again in 2003 at Shanks’s Studio Incaminatti. In 2007 I returned to the League to study portraiture with Everett Raymond Kinstler.

In 2004 I founded Boxart Street Atelier, a drawing and painting school in Rochester, NY. In 2008 I launched the Realist Painting Course, an intensive 24-month curriculum, and led six student groups through the course. In 2010, together with some of my students, I founded Studio 7 Gallery in the Hungerford building. My son Harrison was born in 2013, and I began working from my home studio to be closer to him. I currently teach workshops in New York, North Carolina and Utah.

Earlier Event: January 6
Later Event: August 28
2019 Annual Meeting