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Jennifer Rowsom

Painting Explorations: Pop-Art Today

This 5 week online course explores the Pop Art movement; it’s historical context and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture. Surveying the works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein, students will create artworks that employ images and techniques from the internet, television and advertising as they examine the world of popular culture through painting. Suitable for individuals with some basic painting experience.
(NOTE: The course that starts in March and skips over April 2nd for Easter Weekend)

Students to supply their own materials.
Suggested retail outlets where you can purchase art materials include: 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 to orders and shipments are very possible. Our instructors will do their best to accommodate alternative materials.

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses. Participants must be 18 or older. Spots are limited. Some prior experience with the medium is recommended.

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Thursdays, - | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (5 weeks)

Week 1: Overview of Pop Art. Painting an everyday object in the style of Andy Warhol’s soup cans.
Week 2: Create a personal portrait inspired by Warhol’s iconic portraiture.
Week 3: Begin working with mixed media and found images, using a gel transfer technique.
Week 4: Complete mixed media painting
Week 5: Text painting in the style of Corita Kent. Complete all paintings.

• Acrylic paint: Brand of your choice. A set containing red, yellow, blue, black and white, approx 120 ml/5 oz
• Acrylic Gel Medium: approximately 225 ml/8 oz
• Brushes: An assortment of sizes and shapes: one small round (# 6, ¼”/6 mm diameter) and one medium flat (1.25 cm/½” wide) are recommended. Bring more if you have them.
• Surfaces: You will need a total of four for this workshop: Primed canvas panels or primed stretched canvas, 12” x 16” or 16” x 20”
• Palette. A flat stiff surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil, a disposable palette pad, foam or plastic plates or trays (white would be ideal).
• Cotton rag
• Water container: 450ml – 750ml vessel , anything you will not use to drink from.



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  • Advance registration is recommended for all programs.
  • Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment.
  • All registration is subject to availability.
  • All programs, prices and instructors are subject to change without notice.
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Withdrawals and Refunds


  • Refunds are available in full 5 days before the start of the first class, minus a $15 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable. 
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Courses are not transferable.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by email through the Contact Centre at contactus@ago.ca.

Cancellation of Classes

  • To ensure that we are able to run your preferred classes, we recommend that you enroll at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the program.
  • In the event of course cancellation, registrants will be notified 3 days prior to the scheduled commencement of the course and a full refund will be given.


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