Art Classes and Private Painting Lessons with Brooke Walker-Knoblich


Oil Painting Materials List


Choosing Paint

When purchasing oil paints today, there are so many colors and brands to choose from it can get complicated (and expensive!) very quickly. Most beginning artists choose a brand of paint based on price. The cheaper paints (like Winton from Windsor & Newton or 1980 from Gamblin) are considered student grade which means they have half the pigment load of an artist grade paint. If you see "hue" in the name it means the color is made with a substitute (cheaper) pigment. Brooke's favorite brand is Gamblin (a local Portland company!) because the texture of their paint is deliciously buttery straight out of the tube. However, most major brands have excellent quality paint. You may find that some are stiffer or looser straight out of the tube and depending upon your personal preference you may like one brand over another.  It may also be helpful to purchase colors from several brands to see which ones you like best.


Choosing Colors

You are not required to purchase all of the colors Brooke uses, but it is important to have at least one of each primary color (red, yellow, blue) + white and ideally a set of secondary colors that open up a full range of color. Brooke usually works with an "extended primaries" palette meaning she has two of each primary on her pallette: Cadmium Red Medium & Alizarin permanent, Cardmium Yellow Medium & Gold Ochre, and Ultramarine Blue & Phthalo Blue. She also frequently includes Phthalo Turquoise and Dioxozine Purple (inspired by the color of the light in the PNW) as Secondary colors to extend the cool color spectrum. And last, but definitely not least Titanium White and Ivory or Chromatic Black.


Toxicity Concerns

Cadmiums are a heavy metal pigment and therefore can be highly toxic when ingested. Exposure occurs when an artist is careless with washing their hands and transfers paint onto food. Exposure can also occur if the paint becomes particalized and it is inhaled (always wear a respirator when sanding paintings!) but the cadmiums cannot be absorbed through the skin or inhaled through normal painting practices. There are modern "subsitutes" for the cadmium colors if you're really concerned, but the colors tint very differently than the real thing.


Additional supplies required for oil painting at home

Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) + a jar with tightly sealing lid to hold the Gamsol, linseed oil (or a medium of choice) + cup to hold it, a neutral colored palette (glass, wood, or plastic will do), a palette knife, paper towels, brushes (a broad range of small to large, flats/filberts/rounds... again you may find you prefer to paint with a particular brush shape so purchase a variety for experimentation, you can never have too many brushes!), and a surface to paint on (stretched canvas, linen panels, wood, or anything that has been prepared with a gesso sealer will do). Brooke orders her panels from a local disabled artist:



Brooke Walker-Knoblich hosts small groups and partner painting sessions in her private art studio. Her enthusiasm for oil painting makes Brooke's group sessions fun and exciting! She taught Paint and Sip events for years and can host similar private parties for 21+ aged students. Brooke's small group paintings classes are a great activity for families, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, colleagues and friends.


Couple's' rates : $150 for a 3-hour class. Small groups 3-4 students, $50 per student for 3-hour class. All supplies included, except alcohol must be brought by students.



Brooke's private art lessons are three hours, giving students ample time to warm up, watch demos, take breaks and receive constructive criticism. It's amazing how quickly time flies! Brooke creates a relaxed and safe learning environment, playing classical music, offering tea with art books to study on breaks. 


Brooke simplifies the painting process by demonstrating each step and developing a painting alongside her students. She uses still life setups and photographs as references to teach students the key aspects of representational realism oil painting. 


A single, 3-hr lesson is $100. Discounts for weekly sessions are $75/class or $300/month. Venmo or cash payments preferred, tips appreciated!


Masks are required to be worn by all students, regardless of vaccination status.



Study oil painting with Brooke Walker-Knoblich in her light-infused Portland art studio. One-on-one, private lessons are designed to fit the needs of each student and include both foundational courses (composition, form , etc.) and more advanced subjects (color theory, portrait painting, plein air landscapes, etc.). Students of all ages and skill-levels are welcomed.


Not local? No problem! Virtual classes are available. Access to Zoom, Facetime, or streaming service is all that's needed to learn oil painting from the comfort of your own home studio.