Student at an easel

Introduction to Painting

This course introduces students to a range of painting techniques through exercises designed to develop an awareness of line, volume, form and colour. Students will engage with a variety of projects while exploring monochromatic painting, complimentary colors, and complementary contrast. This course draws upon the AGO's collections for inspiration and provides a solid foundation in painting techniques to prepare you for further study at the AGO.

This course is suitable for all skill levels. Meet in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Participation prior to the start of class. 

Participants must be 18 or older. 

 

Members Price
$550.00
Public Price
$630.00

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COURSE SECTIONS

Wednesdays, - | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (10 weeks)

WEEKLY OUTLINE

Week 1: Introduction. Focus on value and form while creating a white on black  experiment featuring the moon. Students will paint grayscale and monochromatic still life paintings and participate in an end of class critique.  

Week 2: Colour and Form. Continue to explore still-life painting and review the colour wheel & make colour strips. End of class critique 

Week 3: Still-Life continued. Discussion on composition and how to create your own. 

Gallery visit: view still-life and landscape examples at the AGO. 

Week 4 & 5:  Depth in a Landscape. Thinking about colour and line, inspired by a photo on paper you will bring in to work from. 

Week 6: Continue from week 5. Prep for Week 8 Portrait project: take a picture while wearing a patterned shirt. Gallery visit to look at samples of both abstract and portraits works in the AGO. End of class critique.

Week 7:  Abstract Painting. Instructor to demo multiple techniques. Students to create two paintings that showcase a relationship to each other in one of many ways.

Week 8: Continuation from week 6. Complete abstracts and critique of works.

Week 9: Pop-Art Portraits. Looking at faces and employing expressive use of complementary colours. 

Week 10: Finish Portraits with end of class critiques.

STUDENT MATERIAL LIST

Please bring all paint materials/tools each week to class. Surfaces for each specific class are listed below. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Acrylic Paint:

Recommended brands are Golden for the higher end, or Triart for the budget-friendly option.

One tube of each colour, approximately 120 ml/5oz:

  • big tube of TITANIUM white (we go through a lot of this)

  • black

  • light and medium yellow

  • medium red

  • magenta 

  • ultramarine 

  • pthalo blue (green shade)  

Brushes: 

  • A minimum 6  brushes including 3 round short handles (synthetic talkyon  no 2 or  4, 8,)  and 3 flat hogs hair 8, 10 or 12 For a budget-friendly natural/hog’s hair brush option, try the Nobel brand at DeSerres.

  •  Palette knives; one or two, metal or plastic of varying shapes

  •  Masking tape

  •  Apron or smock (dress for mess!)

Surfaces: 

  • One (1) sheet double cougar paper, half a sheet used for weeks 4 & 7

  • One (1) with approx size 12” x 16” canvas board for weeks 2 & 3 

  • One (1) 18” x 24” stretched canvas for weeks 4 through 6

  • Two (2) 10” x 10” stretched canvas for weeks 7 & 8 

  • One (1) 18” x 24” cradled (wooden) ungessoed panel for weeks 8 through 10  (do not go smaller)

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • roll for paint brushes

  • bag for supplies

  • pencil and eraser

  • water mister

  • Modeling paste with recommended brands of Speedball or Triart, 8-16 oz 

Recommended Retailers:

Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s (online only), DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store. 

 

Thursdays, - | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (10 weeks)

WEEKLY OUTLINE

Week 1: Introduction. Focus on value and form while creating a white on black  experiment featuring the moon. Students will paint grayscale and monochromatic still life paintings and participate in an end of class critique. 

Week 2: Colour and Form. Continue to explore still-life painting and review the colour wheel & make colour strips. End of class critique

Week 3: Still-Life continued. Discussion on composition and how to create your own. 

Gallery visit: view still-life and landscape examples at the AGO. 

Week 4 & 5:  Depth in a Landscape. Thinking about colour and line, inspired by a photo on paper you will bring in to work from. 

Week 6: Continue from week 5. Prep for Week 8 Portrait project: take a picture while wearing a patterned shirt. Gallery visit to look at samples of both abstract and portraits works in the AGO. End of class critique.

Week 7:  Abstract Painting. Instructor to demo multiple techniques. Students to create two paintings that showcase a relationship to each other in one of many ways.

Week 8: Continuation from week 6. Complete abstracts and critique of works.

Week 9: Pop-Art Portraits. Looking at faces and employing expressive use of complementary colours. 

Week 10: Finish Portraits with end of class critiques.

STUDENT MATERIAL LIST

Please bring all paint materials/tools each week to class. Surfaces for each specific class are listed below. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Acrylic Paint:

Recommended brands are Golden for the higher end, or Triart for the budget-friendly option.

One tube of each colour, approximately 120 ml/5oz:

  • big tube of TITANIUM white (we go through a lot of this)

  • black

  • light and medium yellow

  • medium red

  • magenta 

  • ultramarine 

  • pthalo blue (green shade)  

Brushes: 

  • A minimum 6  brushes including 3 round short handles (synthetic talkyon  no 2 or  4, 8,)  and 3 flat hogs hair 8, 10 or 12 For a budget-friendly natural/hog’s hair brush option, try the Nobel brand at DeSerres.

  •  Palette knives; one or two, metal or plastic of varying shapes

  •  Masking tape

  •  Apron or smock (dress for mess!)

Surfaces: 

  • One (1) sheet double cougar paper, half a sheet used for weeks 4 & 7

  • One (1) with approx size 12” x 16” canvas board for weeks 2 & 3 

  • One (1) 18” x 24” stretched canvas for weeks 4 through 6

  • Two (2) 10” x 10” stretched canvas for weeks 7 & 8 

  • One (1) 18” x 24” cradled (wooden) ungessoed panel for weeks 8 through 10  (do not go smaller)

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • roll for paint brushes

  • bag for supplies

  • pencil and eraser

  • water mister

  • Modeling paste with recommended brands of Speedball or Triart, 8-16 oz 

Recommended Retailers:

Aboveground Art Supplies (discount code: AGOSTUDENT10), Curry’s (online only), DeSerres, Gwartzman’s, Michaels, or any other art supply or discount craft store. 

 

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