Students may work at their own pace using pastels or oils. The method of applying paint and building a painting is based on the methods adopted by the French Impressionists. This is a class for everyone, skilled or novice. The first class is a orientation about the materials and methods of pastel and oil as well as an introduction to the work of some Impressionist painters. This class emphasizes design, color, and values. A booklet called “The Six Stages of Painting; How to Think Like an Impressionist Painter” written by the instructor, is a guide to the six stages of building a canvas. The book is available online at classesbygainor.com. This method cuts through the maze of problems about how to start, where to make changes, and how to self-criticize as the work progresses. For pastel students a booklet called “Pastel Painting and Drawing” is also available online. For students who do not have access to the internet booklets may be given on request.