• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, the content of this ONLINE course thoroughly investigates practical colour mixing techniques with an emphasis on colour relationships and reactions. Through structured exercises and practice, students will learn to see the elements that compose any observed colour and will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding values, colour temperature and in intensity.                                                                                                                                                                          

METHODOLOGY: Colour theory will be broken down by means of applied colour mixing practice, observation of colour in the natural world and experiments with colour relationships. Lectures will present relevant artists and the language of colour.

Spring 2021: 8 weeks: Tuition: $325 

TSA will deliver this course using 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: Martha Eleen, a Toronto-based painter, has been teaching painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art since 2004. Her own works explore the relationship between culture and landscape. Eleen’s paintings are represented in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the US, Mexico and Japan. Her work has received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publications. She is currently represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
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What you will learn

  • Accuracy
  • Intuitive skill
  • Colour theory
  • Colour application

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts in case you need to return materials.

Paint Colours:

  • Reds: Cadmium red light (hue), Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium red dark (hue)
  • Yellows: Cadmium middle (hue), Lemon Yellow cadmium light (hue), Cadmium Orange
  • Blues: Ultramarine, Phthalo, Cobalt (hue)
  • Titanium White (large tube)

Optional: Acrylic MEDIUM - Medium helps to extend the body of acrylic paint and keep colour fresh looking. For example, an acrylic gel medium with a low/semi gloss, not too viscous.


  • pad of Canvas Paper (16” x 20” or larger)
  • A sketchbook or notebook (for taking notes)
  • Brushes: Inexpensive, long handled, stiff bristle #2, 3, 4, & 6, flat 
  • Pad of palette sheets or a reusable palette that is white enamel or a wet palette with lid (for acrylic paints)
  • Palette knife - metal, with a flat edge is best
  • Masking Tape (beige)
  • Rags (old cotton clothes) for cleaning up
  • Small spray bottle (good for acrylic paint, to help keep wet)

OILS ONLY: Odourless Mineral Spirits Palette knife, metal blade