Painting Courses

Courses range from introductory and life painting to more contemporary and abstract techniques in oil, acrylic, watercolour and water-based media. Students will be challenged to articulate themselves using different styles and subjects within the discipline, regardless of their existing skill level.
Abstraction in Acrylics

In this course, students will explore abstract painting and thinking while working with acrylic paints. Students will work through projects that explore the vast boundaries comprising the term “abstract art” while further developing their painting skills towards ac...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
1-week Intensives
12-week courses
10-week courses
1-week Intensives
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint.
Abstraction in Oils

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 ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses

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.
Acrylic Explorations: Wax Effects

Acrylic paint has the ability to mimic other materials. In this course students will explore how it can replicate the appearance of encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which either powdered pigments or oil paints are ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: A comfortable level of understanding in painting and drawing is recommended.
Botanical Painting

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 sustaine...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Note: No class held on Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day.
Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, this hands-on course focuses on developing proficient and accurate colour mixing. Through structured exercises and practice, students will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding saturation, temperature a...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour language skills.
Contemporary Chinese Brush Experiment

Learn a variety of techniques through unique bamboo brush art materials including line, stroke, wash and various contemporary experiments. Discover another understanding and existence of the art world. Unblock creativity guided by the character of materials and hands-on studio...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

Contemporary Impressionism in Acrylics

Impressionism is an extremely popular historical style. Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

Contemporary Techniques for Abstract Painting

Creative application and unique handling of paint is integral to abstract painting but is typically underdeveloped by fledgling painters.  This is unfortunate considering that this skill is an artistic one that highlights individuality and contributes to a painting’...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for both acrylic and oil painters.
Contemporary Water Media: New Surfaces

This course will integrate the use of acrylic emulsions and substrates such as Gesso, Matte Medium, Molding Paste and Absorbent Ground with High Flow Acrylics. Working towards enlarging the scale of our pictures we will also utilize some of the many exciting contemporary compo...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses

Figure and Portrait Painting

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting in poses that last one to two weeks. The focus is on alla prima gestural painting that captures character after preparing a solid foundation of good proportion and body structure. Using oil or acrylic, t...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Students should have had recent instruction in introductory painting as well as a recent figure drawing course. This course puts the two together in a dynamic atmosphere. No class held Monday, February 19, 2018 for Family Day.
Fluid Acrylics: New Surfaces

This course will focus on the use of GOLDEN or TRI-ART Fluid Acrylics to achieve stained, poured and flowing effects. We will incorporate the use of a variety of substrates such as Absorbent Ground, Light Molding Paste, and Fibre Paste. We will also utilize some of the many ex...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses

Fundamental Oils 2

In this twelve-week course, students will apply a range of application techniques introduced in Fundamentals Oils 1.  Painting projects will migrate back and forth from two-dimensional images to real-life subjects commonly seen in still-life subjects. Via demos and visual...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: No classes , Monday February 18, Family Day
Intermediate Watercolour

This course offers the experienced painter the opportunity to further their studies in watercolour and explore more complex watercolour strategies using still-life, landscape and figure painting.


Tuition $475 | Materials fee $45 | ...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses

Introduction to Life Painting

Students will gain technical skills and knowledge in rendering the human form in paint. The course allows for direct visual observation of the figure while painting, but the ability to construct the figure from imagination and memory will also be stressed. Generally, poses are...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Painting

This course teaches foundation skills in the technical manipulation of paint, as well as in colour, structure, and content. The importance of direct visual observation and the creation of space and light illusion will be stressed. The instructor will also show how the same pro...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. The 804 section will have a nude art model.
Life Painting 1 and 2

Students will gain technical skills and knowledge in rendering the human form in paint. The course allows for direct visual observation of the figure while painting, but the ability to construct the figure from imagination and memory will also be stressed. Generally, poses are...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: This is a mixed level course. It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Narrative Painting: The Still Life

How can one tell a story through objects?  This painting course explores creating personal still life compositions in order to expand students’ painting repertoire while constructing narrative.  Still life painting is an important observational exercise as well...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: No class held on Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day.
Painting 1 and 2

This is an ongoing, mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. We will explore fundamental painterly concerns such as li...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Media: Acrylic or oil paint. Safflower oil or Walnut oil will be used for demos in this course. Please notify the office or instructor if you are allergic to walnuts.
Painting the Clothed Figure

Students will explore observational figure painting through three poses of a clothed model, the pose length will be one three-week, one four-week and one five-week pose of a clothed model. We will discuss proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory, both in ref...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: Note: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. In each class a life model will be present.
Studio Painting 2 and 3

Studio Painting 2 and 3 will introduce large-scale painting approaches to works greater than 20" x 24".

Approaches to painting in both oils and acrylics will be discussed and demonstrations will be done by the instructor in acrylic. Emphasis will be on deve...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting or Beyond Basic Painting course, or equivalent. Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
The Painters' Studio

This course focuses on expanding the student’s ability to work independently and creatively, with the support and mentorship of the instructor. Students can work with images or abstractions; this will be addressed on a one-on-one basis with the instructor. The course wil...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
6-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have some painting experience. Any demos will be done in acrylics. All paint mediums allowed; students can use either acrylics or oils. Oil painters are encouraged to engage in a safe studio practice using contemporary non-toxic oil mediums.
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