Workshop: Painting Interiors in Oil with Desmond O’Hagan


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Monday and Tuesday, October 10 & 11
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

There will be a short lunch break. Please make sure to pack a lunch.

We have updated our pandemic protocols because of the new health recommendations from the CDC and local health officials guidance on Cape Cod, as well as for the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and teachers.

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The theme of this 2-day oil painting workshop is painting interiors. I will teach you how to identify the shapes and values necessary to create an interior painting showing atmosphere and depth. An important focus of this workshop is to capture the unique lighting conditions in an interior scene. Along with lectures and demos, I will work individually with each participant in critiquing their art.

Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


Material List


Please bring a drop cloth, easel, oil paints, paper towel, a variety of brushes (large and small), smaller canvases (9″x12,” 11″x14,”etc.), and photographs from which to work. If interested, the oil colors I use are Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Light, and Titanium White. If using traditional oils please use an odorless thinner. A good alternative oil paint is Windsor Newton Artisan Oil Color (water soluble oils). Lastly, please bring a two medium thick point magic markers (black and medium grey) and a few sheets of regular white paper.

Instructor Bio

About Desmond O’Hagan:

O’Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was raised in the United States.  He enjoys working in several media, but his primary focus is oils and pastels.  Constantly challenging himself has translated into a fulfilling career in fine art encompassing several one-man shows and participation in group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, China, Canada, and France.  O’Hagan has achieved “Eminent Pastelist” status with the International Association of Pastel Societies and is a member of their “Masters Circle.”  He is also a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. O’Hagan has won several awards in national and international exhibits including IAPS convention exhibit’s Prix’d Pastel Award and “Southwest Art” magazine’s Award of Excellence (twice) at the “Windows to the Divine” Exhibitions in Denver, CO.  He has also won the George Innes, Jr. Memorial Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

O’Hagan was invited to exhibit and conduct workshops and seminars at the 2nd Biennial China International Pastel Exhibition in Suzhou, China in 2016.  In December of 2016, F&W Media released four instructional DVD’s by O’Hagan: two instructing in oil painting, and two instructing in pastel painting. In 2018, four additional instructional videos were released titled Decoding Degas. In these videos, O’Hagan explores the centuries-old practice of copying a master artist from history.

His paintings have been the subject of feature articles in numerous national and international magazines including American Art Collector, Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, International Artist, American Artist, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Artists and Illustrators (England), International Artist (Australia), and Gekkan Bijyutsu (Japan).  He is also represented in five books.  O’Hagan’s art is in public and private collections and museums in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Japan, and China, including the Denver Public Library, Robert and Judi Newman Collection, Museum of Pastel Art (Suzhou, China), Loveland Museum (Loveland, CO), Museum of Saint-Aulaye (France), U.S. Marine Corp (Denver, CO), and Ballard Spahr LLP, (Denver, CO). He teaches workshops nationally and internationally and is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, NM, Isle of Palms, SC, and Denver, CO.


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