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Basic Oil Painting with Martha Carpenter

July 20 - July 22


with Martha Carpenter

Register at https://tennesseevalleyarts.ticketspice.com/basic-oil-painting

Dates and times: July 20, 21, & 22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Martha Carpenter’s Studio in downtown Tuscumbia, Alabama

Class Description:
Working from a still-life, the instructor will open class with a demonstration using a limited palette of the 3 primary colors, red, yellow and blue, supplemented by white. Emphasis will be on the “alla prima” painting technique. Alla prima is Italian for “at first attempt.” It is a painting technique done in one layer in one sitting. During the remainder of each class, students will work on their own still-life while receiving individualized instruction throughout the day.

Supplies: See supply list

Fee: $375

($365 with TVAA membership at the Scholar’s Circle level or above )

Payment: Payment is due at the time of registration online or by calling the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art at (256) 383-0533.

Instructor Bio:

A native of Sheffield, Alabama, Martha Carpenter graduated in 1973 from Alabama School of the Fine Arts in Birmingham. She then acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, supplemented by attendance at Kentucky Institute for European Studies in Bregenz, Austria, and extensive European study-travel on three occasions.

In 1983, she exhibited her paintings at the Centre International D’Art Contemporain in Paris, France as participant in a Salon des Nations Exhibition promoting independent American artists. Throughout her career Carpenter has had numerous exhibition experiences and publications which have culminated in a consistent influx of private and corporate portrait commissions.

In addition to her work as a portrait artist, for eight years she served as art director, designer and illustrator in the advertising field and as art instructor for the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay. Currently based in Jekyll Island Georgia, her work is marketed nationwide through galleries, agencies and private exhibitions.


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Martha Carpenter’s Studio, downtown Tuscumbia, AL