• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

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. Demonstrations relating to technique will be ongoing, detailing both traditional and contemporary styles of applications and the aesthetic qualities specific to each. Upon completion, students should possess a greater sensitivity to and knowledge of the medium that will take them beyond their formative training. Issues of health and safety relating to the use of handling oil paints and mediums will also be discussed. 

Tuition: $405 | Materials fee: $35 | Total: $440

Notes: Please be punctual. A talk and demonstration begins at 6:10 pm sharp. Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience is recommended.
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What you will learn

  • Intro to basic painting techniques, blending, glazing, impasto with palette knife.
  • Exposure to contemporary painting
  • Health and Safety, positive habits

Materials to Bring

The following colours are recommended for their versatility in providing the broadest and most effective range of colour mixing, without waste or duplication.  Depending on financial resources, please endeavor to have the following:

  • Cadmium red      
  • Alizarin crimson       
  • Ultramarine blue       
  • Cobalt blue
  • Cadmium yellow med.      
  • Lemon yellow      
  • Burnt sienna       
  • Raw umber
  • Permanent rose or Magenta              
  • a large tube of Titanium white

Solvents: Please have a large bottle of odourless solvent. Attention: no citrus solvents please.

Walnut oil and walnut alkyd will be distributed to the class individually. These are the basic mediums that you should have for every class.

Please have a large palette pad no smaller than 12 x 16 inches.


  • 4B pencil
  • eraser
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • small containers with lids 
  • paper towels for clean-up
  • You will be using masking tape throughout this course, please have your own.


  • Oil brushes – Flat: #12,    #6,       #2
  • Oil Brushes – Round: #8,     #2
  • A pointed round watercolour brush: #3  or   #4
  • Also large flat bristle brushes, 1.5 and 2 inches in size.

An assortment of small palette knives.

Attention: Please be punctual for the first day of class.  A media review will begin promptly at 10 minutes past the start of class.


Students should bring the following for the first day of class:

  • A canvas pad no smaller than 12 x 16 inches.
  • A large palette pad no smaller than 12 x 16 inches.
  • Paint colours, solvent, palette knives and brushes.
  • Good quality masking tape