Painting with a Knife

with instructor Ron Sackman

A workshop in using a palette knife as the primary painting tool.


Fridays, 1 pm to 4 pm, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018.

Memorial Mezzanine (upstairs)

GAC members, $125; Non-members, $140. Materials Fee, $20, pay directly to instructor.

Materials List



About the class:

Painting with a knife will provide instruction on using a palette knife as the primary painting tool when painting with oil and acrylic paints (primarily).  Students will discuss layout, composition, and lighting; value studies using the color wheel to mix hues, including landscape colors; under-painting and techniques for using a painting knife; and working with details to complete a painting.


About the instructor:

Ron Sackman says, “The art I produce is an expression of my personal perspective of Life as a visual experience. Subjects are real places, but interpreted as ‘impressions’ as opposed to photographic representations.”

Ron has experimented with many mediums, including portraiture, photography and ceramic sculpture, but his recent works are oil paintings on canvas. “Paint best conveys the power of color and line and form and the endless variety in which these elements are found in nature,” he says.

He describes his process as “each painting is a one-of-a-kind original.” Sketches are made on location, redrawn on canvas and enlarged as fine paintings. Architecture and vehicles are drawn in perspective and color is applied in layered washes, or under-painting, and texture is added. Details such as people, wildlife, and wildflowers are added to give a sense of scale and proportion.

Born in the San Joaquin Valley, Ron began art studies at age 13. He attended Cal Arts (Chouinard) in Los Angeles, studying illustration, art history and sculpture. He received a BFA from College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA in drawing, painting and printmaking.

Ron has worked in color and design, woodworking, architectural rendering, drafting, landscape and seascape designs. He received his teaching credential from San Jose State University and taught high school art from 1988 until 2005.