The Urban Easel

Clear Lake

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In a Nutshell

Summer-camp themes rotate weekly and are for kids aged 6–13

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Promotional value expires Aug 7, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required, 48 hour advance notice required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per household. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Five Options

  • $157 for one week of summer camp for one child ($220 value)
  • $304 for two weeks of summer camp for one child ($440 value)
  • $577 for four weeks of summer camp for one child ($880 value)
  • $293 for one week of summer camp for two children ($430 value)
  • $566 for two weeks of summer camp for two children ($865 value)
  • Each week of summer camp has a different theme.
  • Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Ages 6–13

Oil Paint: A Happy Medium

Oil paint is ubiquitous on the walls of art museums and galleries throughout the world. Find out what makes it so popular among renowned artists and casual painters alike.

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Monet’s Water Lilies. Although these iconic works differ greatly in style, they all share a medium: oil paint. Prized by artists for its rich tones and easy maneuverability, oils virtually slide across the canvas, filling in every minute detail and capturing the complex colors of the world around us. However, the actual oil itself—generally extracted from plants such as linseed, poppy, and saffron—is simply a binding agent, a base in which to suspend different pigments. Each base yields a slightly different finished product—some yellow slightly over time, whereas others lend the finished work a glossy, varnish-like sheen. Since some oils stay wet longer than others, artists can expedite or slow the drying time of a painting by experimenting with the different oils.

Many experts credit Flemish painter Jan van Eyck for the popularization of oil paint in Western art, and from the 15th century onward, oil paint outpaced other media as artists’ canvas covering of choice. However, the production of each color—often by hand—was an exhausting process, and it wasn’t until the 1800s, when metal paint tubes made preserving paint easier, that the medium became widely accessible, allowing artists to spend more time ruminating on their work and less time painstakingly grinding pigment into oil.

Customer Reviews

This is our second class experience at the U E... both times it was absolutely amazing!! Rachael makes the painting so easy... meets u right where u are at experience-wise and coaches u right through... totally fun and inspiring!!!!
Lesy S. · July 8, 2017
Very experienced teachers and a really relaxed environment. We will go there again and again. Love the painting there!
Jamie C. · July 1, 2017
Rachel was a great teacher! We enjoyed our private class!
Natalia M. · June 10, 2017

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