Girls painting at a table


Did you know that Picasso was in his early 20’s when he created paintings now famously considered his blue period? You too could be the next Picasso, whatever your age, as we consider the artist’s choice in using cool colours to reflect a sense of personal loss and empathy for others. 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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Week 1: Have You Ever Had it Blue: Exploring shades, tones, and colour mixing inspired by Picasso.
Week 2: Orange Crush: Thinking of complimentary colours we create a still life through collage and drawing from observation.
Week 3: At the Feet of the Moon: Inspired by Matthew Wong’s art we think of moonlight and create a mysterious winter night scene using pastel resists.
Week 4: Here Comes the Rain: Thinking about water and reflections we create a scene that captures the wonder of water.


Ideally each child and adult would have a set of their own materials to work side by side:

  • Paint set: Tempera or acrylic: blue, red, yellow, white, black, 60 ml or similar
  • Brushes: At least one for tempera and one for the watercolours (that makes a nice point)
  • Palettes: A foam or plastic plate or tray, white is ideal. (Alternative - any flat stiff surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil)
  • Watercolour paint set
  • Container for rinsing brushes
  • Painting rags or paper towel
  • 10 sheets of mixed media paper each, 9 x 12 inch or similar (Alternative: watercolour paper, anything that will hold paint)
  • Oil pastel set, for example Mungyo, white is needed. (Alternative: crayons)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Suitable place to work and place wet paintings
  • Optional: Scrap blue patterned fabric or paper, pencil crayons, markers, coloured papers.

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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