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Did you know that Picasso was in his early 20’s when he created paintings now famously considered his blue period? The course will reflect on this important new exhibition curated by the AGO, linking and advancing science and art history research. 

Every season, we offer projects inspired by artworks in the AGO Collection, including new acquisitions as well as special exhibitions where indicated. Instructors also develop personalized approaches to their teaching techniques focused on student interests and needs. Students are encouraged to discuss their learning goals with their instructor.

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Participants must be 18 or older. 


Week 1: Introduction to blue. History of and characteristics of various blue pigments. 
Week 2: Colour and form. Introduction to colour concepts, and mixing. Glazing and spatial effects of blue through a figurative or landscape artwork.
Week 3: Portrait and Conceptual Intent
Week 4: Abstraction and Material Exploration or Finalizing Projects


Acrylic paints, brand of your choice, one tube of each colour, approximately 120 ml/5oz: 

  • 2 types of blue: A primary/process blue and ultramarine
  • Primary or magenta red 
  • Primary yellow 
  • Black
  • Raw umber 
  • Dioxazine purple 
  • A larger tube of titanium white 240ml/10oz 
  • Acrylic matte medium (not gel) 120 ml/5oz or similar


  • A large flat 2 inch chip/utility/house painters brush
  • 2 medium sized filbert brushes (i.e. ½ and ¾ inch 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 shape.
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler or a straight edge
  • Masking tape


  • 4 or more primed canvas boards/panels or primed stretched canvases; 12 x 16, 16 x 20 inch (your choice).
  • A pad of paper that can take acrylic paint, approximately 12 x 16 inch (inexpensive watercolour or printmaking paper can work). Alternatively, 4 or more individual sheets about 18 x 24 inch. (Cougar cover stock 200m 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).
  • Painting rag: cotton cloth, or paper towel
  • Water container: 450ml-750ml vessel that 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, and a piece of fabric (without a pattern) to place your objects on.
  • A desk lamp to light it with. 
  • Optional: Inexpensive Styrofoam cones, sphere and cube shapes, 5 pieces.

These are the recommended materials for this course. All sizes are approximate. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. Our Instructor’s will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:

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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, delays are very possible. 


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