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Grade 9-12

Oil Painting: Intro Guide

by Merritt Barnwell | Arts FREE

3 Lessons 51:41
  1. 1. Introducing Materials 26:25
  2. 2. Setting Up Your Palette 16:40
  3. 3. Cleaning Your Brushes 8:36

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards



About the course

Intro Guide to Oil Paint describes and introduces the materials used in an oil painting practice. We will begin with an introduction to oil paint and all the necessary steps you must take to ensure staying safe and having an effective practice. We will then have an introduction to all the tools I use in my everyday practice as well as how to set up one’s palette. We will talk about how to best clean your brushes and conclude with a quick example of how to set-up a makeshift studio wherever you are.


  • Art
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Oil Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Palette
  • Safety


Hello, my name is Merritt! I am a student at Yale University where I study Art History and Studio Art. I am personally very passionate about painting and graphic design, specifically, book design. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was always surrounded by art. When I was younger I volunteered at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum where I first participated in arts education. I now tour-guide at the Yale Center for British Art where I teach visitors about the collection. I am interested in making art more accessible and hope that shows through in my videos!

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