• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

This ONLINE three half-day intensive workshop will include live stream webcam demonstrations that will illustrate how to prepare surfaces with a unique mix of light moulding pastes, Golden Absorbent ground and water; how to use powdered graphite mixed with acrylic mediums in a monochromatic grayscale (Grisaille) style; and learning how to apply transparent colour glazes, accenting and enhancing the first layers of powdered graphite (this effect has the immediacy and delicacy of Japanese brush painting with the longevity and practicality of acrylic painting).

The 3 days will be structured with mornings used for teaching and demo sessions and students are asked to work independently in the afternoons using the techniques presented.

Students will photograph and upload their work to a Google Drive folder. These files will be reviewed as a class with recommendations. The remainder of the morning sessions will include additional material demos, PowerPoint presentations and discussions on painting techniques.


  • It is recommended that students have previous drawing and painting skills for this workshop. This is not appropriate for the absolute beginner.                                                                                                                                                     
  • Students need a working knowledge of using their computers with Zoom, cameras or cell phones for documenting and uploading finished files. A moderate amount of tech support will be provided.

Summer 2021: 3 Day (half day) Workshop: Tuition: $160

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: Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. He's served as TSA's Director from 2000 to 2004, on TSA's Board of Governors and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992. In his works, visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. Through his early period with the Isaacs Gallery (1979–1989) and then with Gallery One (1989–2004), Burnett has displayed a sense of humour and irony in his ongoing investigation into the two-dimensional picture plane both traditionally and digitally. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings using Corel Painter software. Brian Burnett has exhibited regularly since 1979, including at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City; the Koffler Arts Centre in Toronto; at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg; the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver; Gallery One in Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was included in Canada Nouveau (London, England) and in Contemporary Landscape Perspectives, a traveling exhibition that originated at the AGO. His work has been collected by the City of  Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
099Brian BurnettJuly 21, 2021 to July 23, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Summer 2021
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
3-day workshops$160.00

What you will learn

  • Prepare painting substructures - canvas and watercolour paper
  • Mixing, manipulating and stabilizing powdered graphite
  • Acrylic glazing techniques
  • Improve your working knowledge with online computer work