• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

This course offers an introduction to this extremely versatile and forgiving paint. Students will learn how to mix acrylic pigments with basic acrylic mediums and gels. *Mediums and gels offer the artist a world of control in changing acrylic colours, extending paint, increasing drying time, building texture and altering surface finishes. We will examine ways to start a painting, blending techniques to create depth, as well as basic colour mixing. Extensive instructor demonstrations will help students to understand the ABC’s of manipulating acrylic paint.

Fall 2020 5 Weeks: Base Tuition: $264 + Materials: $25 =Total: $289

In Fall 2020, this course will be offered in 2 Parts - each 5 weeks long. These courses can be taken as stand alone courses or Part 2 can be taken as a continuation of Part 1 to further explore the medium.


Notes: PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID 19, special policies and regulations will apply. Students must be in agreement with these health and safety regulations and TSA's policies in order to enrol.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
815Tina PoplawskiOct. 6, 2020 to Nov. 3, 2020
TERM - IN-PERSON Fall 2020
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
5-week courses

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815Tina PoplawskiNov. 10, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2020
TERM - IN-PERSON Fall 2020
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
5-week courses$289.00

What you will learn

  • Basics of painting with acrylics
  • Mixing acrylic pigments using acrylic mediums and gels, how they work and what they do
  • Basic colour mixing

Materials to Bring

Material List updated September 2019 Instructor:  Tina Poplawski

Course: Acrylic Basics: First Steps        Term: Fall


Recommended Brand:  Regular HEAVY BODY Golden Acrylic Paints  2oz tubes

  • Titanium White 4oz jar or tube
  • Hansa Yellow Opaque
  • Diarylide Yellow
  • Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold  
  • Pyrrole Red Light or Napthol Red Light
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue (G. S.)
  • Phthalo Green (Y. S.)
  • Carbon Black
  • Burnt Umber


  • "Masterson Sta-Wet Palette" with Red Top - Keeps acrylics wet longer (Large Size)  OR              
  •  "Masterson Sta-Wet Palette" with Yellow Top - Keeps acrylics wet longer (Medium Size)


  • Raphael Hogs Bristle Brushes:   Filberts #'s 2, 8 & 12 or larger (basically sm., med., & lg.)
  • Hake 1” (This is a Watercolour Brush.)
  • #1 Round – ( Watercolour synthetic brush is fine )
  • Metal palette knife:  Small with an angle in the arm


UNPRIMED 10oz Canvas from a Roll – 3 ft of 36” width canvas

For 1st class please have:  Sketch Pad: Aquabee Super Deluxe 808 Sketch Book  9" x 12"

   Available at Toose Art Supplies   (If purchasing another brand make sure paper is 90lb)               


  • Masking tape - 3m Brand is Best   
  • Old Towel
  • Cellulose Sponges        
  • RUBBER MAID “SERVIN’ SAVER’ – 4 CONTAINERS ½ cup  OR any other snap top or screw top
  •   lidded ½ cup containers.   Available at Canadian Tire, Loblaws…
  • Water Container
  • Staple Gun (Small Hand held + appropriate staples)
  • Small Water Spritzer

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