• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

This is an ONLINE, mixed level, process based painting 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 light and shadow, colour relationships, paint handling, composition, abstraction, gesture, energy, intention and personal expression. Working from observation of still life, figure and landscape, classes include structured exercises, inspirational lectures based on contemporary and historical painting, demonstrations and critiques with the emphasis on painting time in a supportive environment. The course content takes direction from the issues and needs that arise in the previous class. Beginners are welcome and brought into a process by the group. GOAL: Students will have an opportunity to develop their own voice through ongoing painting practice.

Winter 2021: 8 Weeks: Tuition $325

Winter 2021: 6 Weeks: Tuition: $275

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: 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.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
056Martha EleenJan. 23, 2021 to March 13, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Winter 2021
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8-week courses

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057Martha EleenFeb. 25, 2021 to April 1, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Winter 2021
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
6-week courses$275.00

What you will learn

909 Painting 1 and 2

  • Observation and ways of seeing
  • values and colour mixing
  • structure and composition
  • paint handling
  • intro to a process based practice

Materials to Bring

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

Painting 1 & 2

Oil or acrylic paints in tubes:

NB names of colours vary with different brands of paint. This list represents the most common names for fairly pure, warm and cool tones of each of the 3 primary colours (red, yellow, blue). Pure cadmiums and cobalts are very expensive- buy the hues, they are cheap and mix well. Inexpensive paint brands that don’t include cadmium hues will have the same colour under different names, you can pick by comparing the colour to some expensive cadmiums of another brand. No Liquitex.

Basic Colours:

Reds: Cadmium red light (hue), Cadmium red dark (hue), Alizaron red

Blues:  Cobalt blue (hue), Ultramarine blue, Phthalo Blue

Yellows: Cadmium yellow light (hue), Cadmium yellow middle (hue), Cadmium Orange 

Titanium White Large tube

Brushes: inexpensive, long handled, stiff bristle #2, 3, 4, 6 Bright, #2 Round

Canvas paper pad; size: 12" x 12" or larger, or other prepared supports (2 per class)

Pad of palette sheets

Odourless Mineral Spirits for oil paint only

Palette knife, metal blade for oils only