• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

This is an ongoing, mixed-level studio 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.

12 Weeks: Base Tuition: $495 + Materials Fee: $28 = Total: $523

Notes: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Media: Acrylic or oil paint. Safflower oil or Walnut oil will be used for demos in this course. Please notify the office or instructor if you are allergic to walnuts.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
909Martha EleenSept. 21, 2019 to Dec. 7, 2019
TERM - Fall 2019
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
12-week courses$523.00

What you will learn

  • Perspective and the rule of thirds for a harmonious or disruptive composition
  • Colour mixing
  • Conceptual framework: Composition, colour, and subject used in still life.
  • Traditional use of glazing
  • Health and safety
  • Figure drawing/painting: Gesture, proportion, foreshortening
  • Portrait drawing/painting: Planar drawing, points of “colour”, shading

Materials to Bring

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), Quincridone Crimson             

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

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

Titanium White


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

Palette knife, metal blade

For oils only: Odourless Mineral Spirits and Walnut or Linseed oil for oil paint only, small container

For acrylics only: Gel Medium (matte or glossy)