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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint. WIMTER TERM: No class Friday, March 30, 2018 for Good Friday
Chinese Brush Experiment - Ink and Wash

Learn various techniques of expression through unique brush art materials and the "free-hand" style of line-drawing, wash-and-ink, wash-and-colour, special effects, and contemporary techniques. Discover another understanding and existence of the art world. Unblock cr...


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

NOTES: Detailed instruction and demonstration are provided. Professional mounting technique is also covered. No experience required. SPRING TERM: No class May 21 for Victoria 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

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. Winter term: Note no class held Thurs., March 14. Make-up session to be held on April 5.
Contemporary Water Media Techniques: 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

Drips, Pours and Puddles: Acrylic Explorations

The defining characteristic of fluid painting techniques is to collaborate with gravity, directing the paint across the surface of the canvas or wood panel, orchestrating its tendency to pool, to drip and to spatter, inviting the painting to almost paint itself, and embracing ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reactin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: The class will work from nude or costumed models.  The poses will range in length from gestures to 3 hours. It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing and/or figure drawing experience. This is a 9-week course.
Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The terms “expressive” or “gestural” are used to describe a metho...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed. This is a 9-week course
Figure Concepts

This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary them...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Students are expected to have a solid foundation of figure painting skills. It is recommended that students have taken coursework in basic painting, life drawing and/or life painting, and image development, or equivalent. This is a 9-week course
Fluid Acrylic Abstraction on Paper

Abstract art, seemingly unrelated to the world of appearance, has been a cause of much consternation among the general public. This course will help deepen the student’s understanding of the various forms and degrees of abstraction and will include a short overview of 20...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This course is suitable for students who have taken Fundamental Acrylics or have some experience with Acrylic Paint.
Fundamental Oils (Spring)

This course provides both beginner and advanced students with practical and technical knowledge of the uses of oil paint. Designed to complement Introduction to Painting, this course will familiarize students with oil paints, a range of mediums, and their specific functions. D...


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

NOTES: Please be punctual. A talk and demonstration begins at 6:10 pm sharp. Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience is recommended.
Glazed Over in Acrylics

Glazed Over will familiarize the Beginner and Intermediate-level student with Basic Acrylic principles. Starting with simple black and white images we will explore how to blend and mix paint in order to create depth and dimension. Special emphasis will be placed on working wit...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for beginners and intermediate students.
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

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. Winter term: No class Friday, March 30, 2018 for Good Friday. Spring term: Section 204 is 9 weeks in length
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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. The spring 104 section will have a nude life model.
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

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 a three-week, four-week and a five-week pose consecutively. We will discuss proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory, both in reference to the understan...


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

NOTES: Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience.
Painting Trees

The depiction of trees is a subject many artists have painted throughout history.  Its beauty, majesty and symbolism continues to be relevant for many contemporary artists.  The likes of John Constable, Emily Carr, Georg Baselitz, and Kim Dorland have reflected on it...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

Portraiture as a Conceptual Device

The portrait and self-portrait has long been a subject of focus in art and continues to fuel the careers of many contemporary artists today. The portrait continues to be a tool to examine issues of race, gender, and economic and societal norms. This is a mixed-level studio cou...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

Skin Deep: Acrylic Explorations

An acrylic “skin” is a dry film that can be made of acrylic paint or acrylic medium that is not attached to any surface. Fluid acrylics work well because the consistency allows for easy pouring and spreading. Skins can then be glued down flat with a medium or gel. ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
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

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 Humble Still-Life

The depiction of still-life subjects can be traced back to Classical antiquity and remains a subject of choice by many contemporary artists. Its symbolism and potential for creative expression keeps it from being a tired form of investigation and personal discovery. This six-w...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses

NOTES: Paint media optional.  Experience with either oil or acrylic paints are recommended.
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
10-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.
Watercolour 1 and 2

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for both the beginner and advanced student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks, washes and illumination while being true to the John Singer Sargent approach to the medium. Studen...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This class will incorporate and accommodate various skill levels. Returning students are welcome.
WIPEOUT

While mastery of historical painting techniques can be an end in itself, sometimes combining traditional methods with wild and inventive approaches can be very inspiring. A traditional WIPEOUT style of painting allows you to establish composition, to broadly push and pull...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
3-day workshops

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