This course allows both the novice and intermediate-level student to practice painting skills related to botanical subjects. It is an appropriate follow-up to Basic Painting, Fundamental Oils and Fundamental Acrylics. The course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants as well as landscape subjects. Formal concerns related to composition, colour and paint application will be addressed. Traditional and contemporary techniques specific to this genre will be examined, providing students ample freedom to interpret their subject as they see fit. Due to winter weather, Allen Gardens Conservatory will serve as our site location to record botanical subjects from life for the first six weeks. For the remainder of the course, students will work in studio at TSA, developing paintings from the inventory of photographs and drawings produced at the Conservatory.
Drawing materials for site work at Allan Gardens Conservatory
Painting materials for studio work at Toronto School of Art
Paint materials are optional. Both acrylic painters and oil painters are welcome. The following colours are recommended for their versatility in providing the broadest and most effective range of colour mixing, without waste or duplication.
For oil painters;
For acrylic painters;
For all painters, please have masking tape and paper towels for clean-up.
Brushes: The following shapes and sizes are the minimum you will need for a full set. Hog hair and natural hair brushes are recommended for their longevity and ability to keep their shape. Most art stores have inexpensive sets that give you a range of shapes and sizes. For oil painters, avoid synthetic hair. They will not keep their shape over time.
Please have a set of small palette knives for mixing and application.
Please have two small canvases no larger than 11 x 15” for studio painting. Fredrix canvas pad is also an economical support for both acrylics and oil painters. It can bepurchased at DeSerres and Aboveground art stores.