Gomo George_Women’s Carnival Group

Gomo George. Women’s Carnival Group, 1996. Opaque watercolor on paper, Sheet: 55.8 × 75.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist.© Gomo George

ONLINE PAINTING EXPLORATIONS: Portraiture as History as Memory (18+)

With the Fragments of Epic Memory as inspiration, artists will draw on the theme of portraiture as history as memory to learn a variety of painting techniques and skills. In this online course, we explore the concepts of line – form - colour, light, shade, texture.  Participants are invited to paint a subject of their choice drawing from personal histories or memory. We encourage you to visit the exhibition in advance of the course.

This course is suitable for new and returning students.

Gomo George is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. His academic achievements include a B.F.A. from The University of Manitoba and a M.F.A. from the University of Western Ontario.  Gomo has worked as an Art instructor, Storyteller, in the schools and in community settings.  Gomo has received awards from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.   Gomo’s work is represented in various collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.

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Participants must be 18 or older. 


Week 1: Introduction to course and materials. Warm up drawing exercises. Review anatomy of the head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and body; Choosing your subject.

Week 2: Colour theory review. Discussion of components of colour. Constructing your portrait – discussion on a chosen Portrait with a focus on value of under painting. 

Week 3:  Students progress update, discussion of tints and shade, treating your background. Discussion on chosen portrait examining the use of light and shade.

Week 4: Finalizing your portrait, discussion on strengths and weaknesses. The final push – sharing period.


Acrylic paint: Any brand of your choice (for example Amsterdam standard series, 120 ml). Essential colours: ultramarine blue, primary yellow, primary red, titanium white, and burnt umber. 

Acrylic medium (not gel). Gloss or matte. 8 or 16 oz.

Brushes for acrylic paint: Long Handle, Hog hair or synthetic fibres, Filbert shape is ideal. 

  • Small Long Handle #2 or #3 (approximately ¼ inch width)  
  • Medium Long Handle #4 - #6 
  • Large Long Handle #10 - #12 (approximately ½ - ¾ inch width)
  • And 1 large flat 2 inch chip/utility/house painters brush

Surfaces: Choose a surface for the duration of the course

Option 1: Mixed Media Pad 11 x 14 inch or 18 x 24 inch.

OR Option 2: 2 stretched canvases or canvas panels 11 x 14 inch or 18 x 24 inch. 

Students may need to prime with gesso. (student grade gesso, 16 oz.). 

  • 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).
  • Painting rag: cotton cloth, or paper towel
  • Water container: 450ml-750ml vessel that you will not use to drink from.
  • Pencil and scrap paper

Some suggested retailers for purchasing your art materials:

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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis delays are very possible. Our Instructor’s will do their best to accommodate alternative materials whenever possible. 





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