• Introduction-Intermediate
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ONLINE: Contemporary Impressionism in Acrylics     

Impressionism is an extremely popular historical style. Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in all its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), simple subject matter, movement as a crucial element of human perception and unusual visual angles. Short, thick strokes of paint are used to quickly capture the essence of the subject, rather than its details. The paint is often applied impasto in the last stages. We will look at various acrylic techniques for emulating the Impressionist experience and explore contemporary painters who have been influenced by the Impressionist vision.

We will work on stretched canvas or Canvas Paper Pads by Canson on sizes from 12" x 16" to 16" x 20" sizes. A choice of Images for each class will be emailed to participants a day before class begins. 

Winter 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: Tina Poplawski has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1993. Poplawski has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec and New York. Two galleries in Toronto, the V. MacDonnell Gallery and Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, have represented Poplawski. Her work is found in North American and European collections both corporate and private. She is the recipient of many awards, including numerous Ontario Art Council Grants. Her work focuses on textured paintings, sculptural objects and paper works arranged into multi-faceted installations. She has been negotiating the cultural residue of war through her art practice for many years, leading her to a fascination with “debris” found in the botanical world.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
054Tina PoplawskiJan. 28, 2021 to March 18, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Winter 2021
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
8-week courses

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What you will learn


• Analyze the paint handling details and colour palettes that make up the typical Impressionist

   style of painting through a series of exercises

• Delve into the use of Acrylic Gel Mediums to create the effect of thick oil paint

• Intro to various contemporary Canadian and International artist who have been influenced by

   the Impressionist experience

• Create works that incorporate these painterly styles.

Materials to Bring

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Material List: updated Nov. 2020      Term: Winter 2021


Recommended Brands: Golden Acrylic Heavy Body Pain (in tubes) are the recommended brand.

Please Note: colours in Bold Type are essential

• Titanium White (150 ml.) Titan Buff • Carbon Black

• Hansa Yellow Opaque • Diarylide Yellow • Burnt Sienna

Vat OrangeRaw Sienna • Burnt Umber

• Pyrrole Red Light • Quinacridone Red • Raw Umber

• Quinacridone Magenta • Dioxazine Purple

• Ultramarine Blue • Phthalo Blue (G. S.)

• Phthalo Green (Y. S.) • Green Gold

Quinacridone Burnt Orange • Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold   


 • "Masterson Stay-Wet Palette" Yellow Top (Med) OR Red Top (Lg) - keeps acrylics wet longer


•  Raphael Hogs Bristle Brushes: Filberts #'s 2, 8 & 12 or larger (basically sm., med., & lg.)

•  Hake 1” & Hake 2" -  (Noble Brand - this is a watercolour brush)

•  #1 Round – (watercolour synthetic brush is fine -this is for details)

•  Metal palette knife: large & small with an angle in the arm


• Sketch Pad: Aquabee Super Deluxe 808 Sketch Book  9" x 12" . Available at Toose Art Supplies (if purchasing another brand make sure paper is 90lb).

• Canvas: Stretched Canvas (depending on how fast you paint but no larger than 24” on one side).  We will probably need 4 canvases but again this may depend on how fast you paint.


• Masking tape - 3m Brand is Best   • Old Towel • Cellulose Sponges        

• Small Water Spritzer • Water Container • Masters Brush Cleaner


  • GOLDEN Gesso 16oz
  • GOLDEN Open Gel Medium  8oz
  • GOLDEN Regular Gel Gloss 16oz

Save all receipts and packaging if you are in doubt about something you have purchased!