• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of painting. Working primarily from direct observation of still life arrangements, as well as through demos and slide presentations, students will learn about painting materials, value, colour, composition and most importantly, how to forget what we think we know and paint what we see. One class in each session will be devoted to painting from life with a live model. 

This course will be offered in two 5 week sessions. The second 5 week session can be taken on its own or to expand on the skills learned in the first. The course will be taught in oils but acrylic is welcomed.

Winter 2021: 5 Weeks: Tuition $264 + Model Fee $15 = Total $279

PLEASE NOTE: For Winter 2021, due to COVID 19, special policies and regulations will apply to all IN-PERSON courses at TSA. Students must be in agreement with these health and safety regulations and TSA policies in order to enrol.

Notes: Brian Harvey was born in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane; the everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes that surrounds him. Brian lives and works in Toronto.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Introduction to materials and studio setup
  • Brush work, mark making as inquiry
  • How to paint loosely - brush stroke economy 
  • Use of value, colour and shape as compositional tools
  • Colour theory and mixing - explore hue, value and chroma
  • How to paint what you see
  • Learn about the Hawthorne method: Notes of colour 

Materials to Bring

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  • Primed canvas, canvas boards or board in varying sizes and shapes: 8” - 20” (approximate)
  • Hard paper, panel or canvas suitable for chosen media - colour wheel and charts (do not need to be archival)

Paint - Oil or acrylic   

  • Titanium white 
  • Cadmium lemon / lemon yellow
  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Cadmium red  cadmium red light
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Phthalo blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Phtalo green
  • Burnt umber
  • Ivory black

*For oil: Winton, Gamblin 1984 and Georgian are good student quality paints for beginners. Kama, Gamblin or Williamsburg are good artist quality paints worth exploring when you have some experience.

*For acrylic: Golden or Liquitex 


  • Filberts and/or flats #6-8-10 (synthetic and/or bristle)


  • Rags, shop towels, and/or paper towels
  • Metal palette knife (trowel shape)
  • Medium - Linseed/walnut oil for oil, matte or gloss medium for acrylic
  • Gamsol (by Gamblin) or Izosol (by Kama) ONLY
  • Containers for medium/solvent/water
  • Palette (16x20” minimum) disposable, plexiglass or wood for oil, stay wet palette for acrylic
  • Viewfinder
  • Pencil, charcoal