• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

To abstract is to generalize. But how does one take the leap from representational painting to abstraction? Strategies and methods vary from artist to artist, but one thing is certain, this transition does not happen overnight. The purpose of this course is to help students make this evolutionary change and foster independent study. Studio projects will borrow from contemporary artists whose strategies for image development are simple, direct and often playful. They provide the formative steps to help students move from representational painting to imagery that is non objective and open to interpretation. Painting activities will proceed in an ordered sequence to maximize technical development while introducing students to formal concerns associated with image development. A broad spectrum of stylized formats and a “who's who” of contemporary artists will be covered young and old. Oil and Acrylic painters are welcome.

12 Weeks: Base Tuition: $495 + Materials Fee: $25 = Total: $520

Notes: This course is not being offered for the Winter 2020 term. It is recommended that students have taken a course in Fundamental Oils, Introduction to Painting, or have had some painting experience. This course is only offered in the Winter term. Appropriate follow-up courses include Intermediate Painting.
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What you will learn

  • To explore various techniques to work in abstract formats.
  • Various methods to get students to generalize forms and images
  • Contemporary application techniques
  • Survey of contemporary painters

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials.

The following colours are recommended for their versatility in providing the broadest and most effective range of colour mixing, without waste or duplication. Depending on financial resources, please endeavor to have the following:

  • Cadmium red    
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cerulean blue
  • Cadmium yellow med.    
  • Lemon yellow    
  • Burnt sienna      
  • Raw umber
  • Permanent rose or Magenta            
  • A large tube of Titanium white

Solvents – Please have a large bottle of odourless solvent – Attention: No citrus solvents please.  Walnut oil and an alkyd medium will be distributed to the class individually.

Please have a large palette pad no smaller than 12 x 16 inches.

Supports – Please have a canvas pad & a small canvas board for the first day of class.   For the remainder of the course, specifics concerning type and size of support will vary from class to class. Please refer to the course outline for material specifics from week to week.


Please have a roll of masking tape, containers with lids (jam jars work well) rags or paper towels for clean-up.


  • Oil brushes – Flat #12, #6, #2
  • Oil brushes – Round #8, #2
  • A pointed round watercolour brush #3  or #4

A set of palette knives