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: Tuition Base: $475 | Materials fee: $35Notes: 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.
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.
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
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)