• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

Painting Urban Parks is suited for beginner and experienced painters. This course aims to develop observational skills and techniques both in the studio and outdoors. Specifically, morning sketch outings followed by in-studio (air-conditioned) afternoons. The city park provides a grassland and woodland barrier for individuals to escape the impact of our city experience in all aspects. This environmental sanctuary will provide the backdrop to open up the imagination of students. These park locations can be depicted literally, expressively (through metaphorical images), and through abstraction. Through discussion, demos, and digital slideshow presentations, students will embark on an investigation into interpreting urban city parks.


Tuition: $310

Notes: It is recommended students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have had some painting experience. Students should be prepared to begin painting in the first class.

Materials to Bring

Materials List*

*Following are the respective lists for Acrylics and Oils. Students would choose one of those, not both.

Day one: bring sketching supplies and or paints (only if you are confident with Plein Air Painting)

Outdoor Sketching Supplies

  • Suitable clothing for each day’s forecast.

  • Food and Drink for midday on location lunches. Please bring small plastic bag for garbage. Every attempt is made to be at sites where washrooms are easily accessed.

  • Seating & setup: Minimal – waterproof foam cushion or towel & garbage bag to sit on. You can spread palette, paint box and painting surface around you. Many sites have benches.

  • More comfortable but more carrying – Folding stool, folding easel.

  • Consider using wheeled (bundle buggy or folding luggage dolly) to strap supplies onto or use good quality knapsack.

Please have at least 5 panels, (for the week), the same size and consider buying square or rectangular shapes. You will be encouraged to paint one or two panels per day, depending on skill level. Stretched Canvases, canvas boards or gessoed* birch panels aprox. 10” x 12” min.

Materials Lists - Acrylics

* acrylic students can either gesso or seal a wood panel with a clear acrylic medium

Paints

  • Titanium White (optional Zinc white)                

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Burnt Umber

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Phthalo Green

  • Sap Green

  • Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Crimson

  • Cadmium Red Light

  • Cadmiun Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow

  • Cadmium Yellow Deep or Dairylide Yellow

  • Dioxazine Violet

Mediums:

  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid Gloss or Satin

  • Heavy Gel – Matte or Gloss

Brushes: Assorted sizes

Palette

Masteson Palette or homemade equivalent: Tupperware box w/ lid, several  layers of damp paper towel covered with high quality tracing paper.

Palettes are essential for use with Acrylics.

Other

  • large bottle of water (1 liter)

  • small spray mister filled with water

  • small open plastic container for brushes

  • palette knife

  • paper towels or rags

  • plastic bags for wet brushes, garbage

  • camera optional

Note: For outdoor usage Golden’s Open Acrylics provide slower drying times than traditional Acrylics – students may wish to pursue this new alternative?

Materials List - Oils

Paints

  • Titanium White (optional Zinc white)

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Burnt Umber

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Phthalo Green or Viridian

  • Sap Green or Hookers Green

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Cadmium Red Middle

  • Cadmium Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow

  • Cadmium Yellow Deep

  • Dioxazine Violet or Winsor Violet

Brushes: Assorted sizes

Palette

  • Recomended plastic box with lid, lined with heavy wax paper or disposable palette paper so mixed paints are portable & not wasted.

Other

  • M.Graham’s Walnut Alkyd medium (for faster drying) or

  • Galykd (gamblins alkyd medium)  or Alkyd Gel (Fast Drying) - for thicker painting

  • odourless mineral spirits

  • palette knife

  • paper towels or rags

  • plastic bags for wet brushes, garbage

  • empty small glass jar with tight lid for transporting used solvent

  • camera optional

 
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