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Introduction to Painting ONLINE

This online course introduces students to a range of painting techniques, including different application methods to develop an awareness of line, volume, form and colour.  Students will complete a variety of projects using acrylic paint in this foundation-level course, taught live by an AGO Artist Instructor, that draws upon the AGO’s painting collections as inspiration.

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.

Participants must be 18 or older. Spots are limited. 

(NOTE: The course starting in March skips over April 1st for Easter Weekend)

Students to supply their own materials. 

Schedule for course taught by Michael Toke (starting March 25th)

Week 1: Value and Form: Introduction to materials with black and white paint, observing shape and form through a still life.

Week 2: Colour and form: Introduction to colour concepts, mixing, the creation of a colour wheel and using colour in a still life.

Week 3: Applying colour to subject: exercises and studies with complimentary colours, mark making, colour function and colour palette choice. Start landscape painting.

Week 4: Continue Landscape and still life painting resolutions.

Week 5: Exploring the medium fully through experimentation and abstraction. More mark making, alternative tools, masking, glazing, pushing and breaking the medium.

STUDENT MATERIAL LIST (for course taught by Michael Toke starting March 25th

Acrylic paints

Brand of your choice, one tube of each colour, approximately 120 ml/5oz:

Primary blue, primary red and primary yellow, black, raw umber, dioxazine purple. And a larger tube of titanium white 240 ml/10 oz.

Acrylic matte medium (not gel) 225 ml/8 oz or similar


A large flat 2” chip/utility/house painters brush

2 medium sized filbert brushes (For example; ½ and ¾” hog bristle),

1 round brush that makes a nice point

Any other brushes you would like use

Palette Knives. 2 – 3 or more various plastic or metal palette knives; Trowel and any other shapes.


Ruler or a straight edge

Masking tape

Surfaces:” seven (7)

 or more primed canvas boards/panels or primed stretched canvases; 12” x 16”  –  16” x 20”(your choice).

A pad of paper that can take acrylic paint, approximately 12” x 16” (inexpensive watercolour or printmaking paper can work). Or four or more individual sheets about 18” x 24”. (Cougar cover stock 200 m or similar from AboveGround Art Supplies works well).


A flat stiff surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil, a disposable palette pad, foam or plastic plates or trays (white is ideal).Cotton rag

Water container:

450ml – 750ml vessel; anything you will not use to drink from.

Still Life Objects:

2  – 3 pieces of fruit, wine bottle and or other objects around the house for still life set up, a piece of fabric (without a pattern) to place your objects on. Possibly a desk lamp to light it with. Optional: Inexpensive styrofoam cones, sphere and cube shapes, five pieces.

Schedule for course taught by Amy Wong (Starting May 9th)

Week 1: Value, colour mixing and paint application. Moon paintings.

Week 2: Grid painting, Group of Seven landscape

Week 3: Still Life. Observation, underpainting, colour, shape and form.

Week 4: Abstraction as technique. Create four paintings in the following techniques: dripping, hard edge, stencils, sgraffito, scumble/dry brush, impasto.

Week 5: Portraiture: Employ one of the paint application techniques from the abstraction class

MATERIAL LIST (for course taught by Amy Wong, starting May 9th)

Acrylic Paint (Rheotech or any brand) one 60 – 120 ml/2 – 5oz tube of each colour:

Primary Magenta (red, but mixes better than most regular reds), primary yellow,

Cyan (blue), titanium white, mars or carbon black.

Brushes:, oneof each: Any brand of white bristle brush (hog bristle or R&pP from AboveGround Art Supplies are fine). Long handle is recommended, but not necessary. Similar sizes are fine:

Flat #2, round #4, round #8, round #10

Palette knife: Plastic or metal palette knife long trowel shape is ideal

Palette. A flat stiff surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil, a disposable palette pad, foam or plastic plates or trays (white is ideal).Surfaces.

3 Primed stretched canvas 16” x 20”. Or canvas board/panel. Or a canvas pad can be used for the entire course 16” x 20” (10 sheets minimum).

2 primed stretched canvas/canvas board/panel 9” x 12”. Or use sheets of canvas pad.

Cotton rag

Water container: 450ml – 750ml vessel, anything you will not use to drink from.

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