• Absolute Beginners
  • Painting

Learning how to paint can be an intimidating prospect. This 4 session ONLINE intensive course is designed to simplify the very basic principles of colour theory with realistic painting techniques. This comprehensive course sets out to clarify and demystify the application of this beautiful medium for even the most inexperienced beginner. Students will learn how to paint from life with confidence and colour knowledge. Through online demonstrations and videos on how to use painting tools, plus step by step instruction on how to mix and apply paints, students will have a good grasp of oil and/or acrylic painting techniques. You will learn: the Munsell color wheel; colour values to create dark and light tones; painting from real forms and portraits: alla prima painting techniques.

4 Weeks:  Base Tuition: $185  

This course will be offered via ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.
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What you will learn

  • Munsell color wheel
  • Color values to create dark and light tones
  • Painting from real forms and portraits
  • Alla prima painting techniques

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials

List of Recommended Materials - Basic Principles of  Painting 

Drawing Materials: Pencils, Paper, and Eraser 

Brushes : Small to Large size of Rosemary Master’s Choice brushes(Articulations in the Junction sells these) and Bristol brushes by Trekell (Sizes - 1, 6, 10 *or any varied sizes / Shapes - Rounds and Flats). I personally use Curry’s or Aboveground white round and flat synthetic brushes. 

Panels or canvases of varying size (Ampersand panels from Aboveground or Jack Richeson panels from Curry’s are two great choices) A several small panels/canvases for studies AND one or two panels for the final painting.

Oil / Acrylic Colours 

Recommended full palette: Titanium White, Cad. Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Cad. Orange, Scarlet Lake, Transparent Red Oxide, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine or cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Ivory Black *These colours are all just recommendation so please feel free to edit it to your preference as long as you cover yellow, red, and blue combinations) KAMA Oil brand is the best quality for the price 

Izosol hypo-allergenic solvent* for oil paint OR water container 

Gamblin Solvent Free Fluid 

Grey paper palette is best suited for mixing harmonious colours Paper Towels / blue shop towels from Canadian Tire works the best