• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

Following a technique utilized by the instructor Brian Burnett, students will learn via demonstrations how to paint with powdered graphite mixed with acrylic mediums and then glazed with transparent acrylic layers of colour. Students will be drawing from personal foundation sketches onto canvases, prepared with Golden Absorbent Ground. Students will then paint in a monochromatic gray scale (Grisaille), using the powdered graphite mixture to produce soft radiant images.  In the second stage of this technique, students will learn to apply transparent glazes, accenting and enhancing the first layers of powdered graphite.  The effect has the immediacy and delicacy of Japanese brush painting with the longevity and practicality of acrylic painting.

Base Tuition: $290 + Materials Fee: $25 = Total: $315

Notes: It is recommended that students have previous drawing and painting skills for this workshop. This is not appropriate for the absolute beginner.
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Materials to Bring

*Note: TSA will provide the Powdered Graphite, Absorbent Ground and Acrylic medium.

Paints: for students who do not already have acrylics, the minimum palette requirements are listed below.

*Note: for students who have full bodied acrylics, (tubes), it is not necessary to purchase the fluid acrylics suggested below. Some students may wish to use Golden’s Open Acrylics. They stay wet longer and allow for longer blending time, (not mandatory).

Acrylics: Golden or Tri Art brand Fluid Acrylics in 1 oz bottles.

  • Titanium white (optional: Zinc white, for transparent glazing)
  • Ultramarine Blue                                 
  • Phthalo Blue – Green Shade                     
  • Pyrrole Red light                                 
  • Quinacridone Crimson
  • Dairylide Yellow                                
  • Hansa Yellow Light

Acrylic Mediums: to be supplied by TSA. Absorbent Ground, rollers supplied by instructor.

Painting Surfaces:

  • 2 minimum sized stretched and pre-gessoed canvas - 16" X 20"
  • Larger sizes also suitable for the adventurous and some students, who work quickly, and may want more surfaces to work on within the three days. Other students may find one is plenty, depending on your past experience?

Brushes and Painting Knife:

  • Synthetic Sabeline watercolour brushes.
  • Rounds - # 1, 4, 14 or larger
  • Natural Hair Brush for glazing - 1" size. Or larger. (New) Faux Mongoose or any natural hair brushes are good for glazing with the exception of black Horse hair brushes.
  • 1 – steel Painting Knife – 30mm wide blade for mixing colours and glazes

Palettes: if you already have a Masterson Sta-Wet palette + palette sheets please bring this with you. For students who not have the above, a palette pad or small snap lid containers will work.

Suggested Containers:

  • ½ doz. Rubber maid or Zip lock, ½ cup sized, containers with snap on lids for holding and mixing mediums.
  • One or two, full or half sized, yogurt containers for water and keeping brushes in.


One hair dryer & small extension cord, to eliminate long drying times.  TSA has a number of these.   

Sketchbook suggestion: a sketchbook with a minimum paper weight of 90lbs.
Robert Bateman sketchbook: The 110lb paper is acid and chlorine free and is extremely durable even when used with water based paints. The Robert Bateman Sketchbook is available with fifty sheets in 11"x14" wire bound books @ Curry's Art Supplies.

Drawing supplies: Pens or pencils for doing thumbnail sketches in sketchbooks.

One or two watercolour pencils. For implementing foundation drawings on the canvas.
Note: Watercolur pencil colour should be either a middle grey or soft yellow ochre, so as not to be intrusive to the finished work.

Source Images: This technique is suitable for Abstraction and non-image based painting.
Image students will provide photos or previous sketches that they wish to turn into finished works using the Graphite + glazing technique. Suggestion: Still-lifes or landscapes with larger open areas would be suitable for this technique.