• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

To abstract is to generalize.  This course is an appropriate follow-up to Fundamental Oils and Basic Painting Techniques.  It introduces students to a broad spectrum of abstract formats and provides an informative backdrop for stylistic approaches being practiced by working artists today.  A broad survey will commence highlighting key artists whose individual techniques reinforce the conceptual processes involved in abstract oil painting.  Studio projects will proceed in an ordered sequence to maximize technical development while introducing students to formal concerns associated with image development and colour synthesis. Upon completion, each student should possess an introductory knowledge of abstract painting that will better prepare him or her for further study in painting. 

Tuition: $405 | Materials fee: $35 | Total: $440

Notes: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Fundamental Oils, Introduction to Painting, or have had some oil 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 an abstract formats.
  • Various methods to get students to generalize forms and images
  • Contemporary application techniques
  • Survey of contemporary painters

Materials to Bring

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 role 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