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
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.
Abstract Painting: Introduction

To abstract is to generalize. But how does one take the leap from representational painting to abstraction? Strategies and methods vary from artist to artist, but one thing is certain, this transition does not happen overnight. The purpose of this course is to help students ma...


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 painting experience. This course is only offered in the Winter term. Appropriate follow-up courses include Intermediate Painting.
Acrylic Basics: First Steps

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, increasi...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

Acrylic Explorations: Image Transfers

As producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, contemporary artists freely adopt and adapt materials from many sources, re-purposing photographic images culled from the internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public arc...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses

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

A studio class provides an opportunity for students to focus on developing a personal voice, understanding and capitalizing on their inherent visual tendencies, comprehending the process of completing a coherent body of work and developing the confidence to see an idea through...


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

NOTES: Prerequisite: A comfortable level of understanding in acrylic painting techniques.
Basic Painting Techniques

Basic Painting Techniques is designed for individual students who have little or no experience in painting. The primary focus will be to introduce paint handling and colour mixing in various practical exercises and hands-on painting projects. Each project will focus on a type ...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of drawing or have completed Introduction to Drawing or equivalent.
Botanical Painting

This course is for returning students who wish to work independently while they practice their painting skills related to botanical and landscape subjects. It is targeted for individuals who are beyond formative painting, but still appreciate modest assistance in technical app...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Painting
Contemporary Impressionism

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
1-week Intensives
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. No class on Monday Feb. 17, 2020 (Family Day)
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
8-week courses
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 Feb. 17, 2020 -(Family Day)
Fundamental Acrylics

This foundation course will introduce students to the important relationship between acrylic pigments and acrylic mediums and gels. It will demonstrate how these emulsions can provide a finer technical and visual result. Mediums and gels offer the artist a world of control in ...


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

NOTES: As of Fall 2018: See course "Introduction for Acrylic Painting."
Fundamental Oils

This introductory course will provide the beginner with practical and technical knowledge of oil paint. Taken in advance or as a compliment to Basic Painting, the course will familiarize students with oil colours, mediums and the properties specific to each. Dem...


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

NOTES: This course is a good precursor to taking Fundamental Oils 2 or Basic Painting. Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving)
Fundamental Oils 2

In this twelve-week course, students will apply a range of application techniques introduced in Fundamental 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 vi...


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

NOTES: No Class on Monday Feb 17, 2020 (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.


Winter 2020: 12 Weeks-: Base tuition: $495 + <...


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
8-week courses
12-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
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.
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.
NEW Painting: Contemporary Strategies

This is a hands-on course that goes beyond mere skill building. Its purpose is to introduce various methodologies and representational strategies that have become prevalent in contemporary painting. Students will explore both abstract and representational modes of painting but...


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

NEW Painting Flowers

In this course, students will learn how to capture the beauty of a flower in paint. We will explore the fundamentals of flower painting including drawing, value, colour and edges and how to create interesting compositions. Students will work from life and photographs and ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NOTES: Fall Term: NO CLASS MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 (Thanksgiving) Winter Term 2020: NO CLASS MONDAY FEB. 17 (Family Day)
NEW Portraiture: Mixed Media

This Mixed Media Portraiture class is designed for students of all levels, from beginners to those who have experience with portraiture and wish to explore new approaches with mixed media.  The goal is an exploratory approach in drawing and painting human portraiture from...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses

NEW Watercolour Figure Painting

This class is a comprehensive approach to painting the human form in both transparent watercolour as well as a mixed media approach using ink, crayon opaque colour, and rice paste. Working progressively from quick sketches, to developing sustained watercolours, student will ha...


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

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
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 Portraits

Working directly from the model, students will learn the fundamentals of portrait painting, with the goal of achieving strong likeness and evoking the expression and character of the sitter. Technical focus will be on anatomy, proportion, value, colour, shape, form and edges. ...


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

Painting: Reinventing the Landscape

The art of landscape painting remains a popular genre for many contemporary painters. Landscapes still have the power to engage and provide a platform for creative invention. Some artists continue to paint from life, while many others rely on photos as an image sourc...


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

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, plus one of the following: Fundamental Oils or Fundamental Acrylics, or have some painting experience. MEDIA: Acrylics or Oils
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:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses

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
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
8-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.
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
12-week courses

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