• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

In this 8 week ONLINE 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 photographs that your instructor will provide. Students are encouraged to apply the ideas and principles of the course to their own style, process and approach. Teaching is a combination of group lesson and demonstration, image discussion and one-on-one feedback.

Spring 2021: 8 Weeks: Base Tuition: $325

Note: No class on Monday, May 24, 2021 (Victoria Day)

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: Instructor Matthew Tarini is an oil painter who’s subject matter consists of cityscapes, still life, landscapes and figurative work. Matt has been an instructor at Western University and the University of Alberta and has taught workshops across the country. He has done private and public commissions, including portraits for University of Toronto and Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He has appeared on the television show, Star Portraits and has done both solo and numerous group shows across Canada, including a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary. His work is in collections throughout Canada and internationally.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Fundamentals of painting flowers
  • Drawing flowers for painting
  • Explore composition, colour, value, edges

Materials to Bring

Materials will be discussed the first day of class. 

Please keep all purchase receipts in case you need to return materials.

Recommended Materials for Painting Flowers


  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna 
  • Titanium White
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Viridian
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Middle
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow Middle
  • Cadmium Lemon

* I would recommend 37 ml tubes, artist quality oil paints from the following brands: Winsor and Newton, Gamblin, Natural Pigments, Old Holland, or Williamsburg. 

* In acrylics, my favourite brand is Professional Acrylics by Winsor and Newton, but Liquatex or Golden will do well also.

* This is my palette, but more colours (or fewer) in oil or acrylic are welcome! 



  • Gamsol – Odourless Mineral Spirits
  • Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel (37 ml) 
  • Oleogel (only sold at Articulations)


  • Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish


  • Student’s Choice - Gessoed Masonite, Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panels, Oil Paper, etc.

For day 1, please have a sketchbook and later we can discuss future projects and supports at that point. 


  • Disposable Palette


* I use a variety of soft round and long flat brushes that are both natural hair and synthetic. Please feel free to bring a wide variety of bristle and soft brushes that you have or that you like to use – many different brushes can accomplish the same task. Below are good starter kits.


  • Palette Knife
  • Sketchbook (any size) for sketching and composing
  • A rag / a roll of paper towel
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Stainless Steel Brush Washer