Students may begin with thumbnail sketches of a still life of their choosing. A charcoal and/or pastel drawing is developed on a larger scale from direct observation. Lessons learned in drawing about tone values become invaluable in the creation of an oil painting. Each student is taught individually starting with the technicalities of the application of oil paint and an analysis of color. Students are instructed how to create the illusion of dimension through the achievement of tone variation, perspective, composition and form. Students are taught individually from their own point of development.