Mixed Media Explorations Inspired by Blue and Red ONLINE

Ages 6–7

Saturdays 10 – 11 am
September 11 - October 2

Instructor: Olia Mishchenko

Members $175 / General Public $205 (4 weeks)

With the AGO’s amazing collection as inspiration, young artists learn a variety of painting and mixed media techniques and skills. In this online course, we take concepts children love to explore – colour, light, form, texture – and build on them, encouraging exploration of tools and materials both traditional and not so traditional. This course runs alongside two forthcoming fall exhibitions: Picasso: Painting the Blue Period, Matthew Wong: Blue View, and Robert Houle: Red Is Beautiful.


Week 1: Imaginary Characters in Red and Blue. We will explore the basic techniques of sculpting in clay and constructing to create some moving characters inspired by emotions.
Week 2: Painting Exploration in Red and Blue. Inspired by paintings in the AGO collection, both abstract and representational, we will jump into learning about colours and their combinations, and will create a series of atmospheric paintings.
Week 3: Printmaking in Red and Blue. Inspired by the work of Inuit artists and printmakers, we will create a series of colourful prints and variations of blue and red, we will look at monoprint, block print and etching and work with easy to do printmaking at home.
Week 4: Magical Tunnel Book Leaf creature in Red and Blue. This week we will experiment with working with found leaves to create our multi-media image. We will learn about the importance of foreground and background to create an image that has depth.


3D Materials & Adhesives:

  • Plasticine (modelling clay) – red and blue, 1 block or fist size piece of each.
  • 12 pieces of string, about 12 inches (kitchen string or yarn)
  • A few pieces of tin foil from the roll: 7 x 9 and 4 X 4 inch
  • 4 popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers
  • At least 2 toothpicks
  • A piece of cereal box cardboard, 5 x 7 inch (approximately)
  • Tape, masking tape or electrical tape
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Week 4: 12 leaves collected from outside
  • Optional - Small plastic bottle caps – red and blue (found or collected from recycling items)

Mark Making & Planning Materials:

  • Wax crayons or oil pastels
  • Marker: Thick and thin or both, red and blue plus other colours
  • Ballpoint pen to etch the design
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

For Painting & Printing:

  • Tempera or acrylic paints: red, blue, yellow, black, and white. Used in weeks 2 and 3.
  • Palette: A paper or foam plate or a sheet of wax paper on which to mix colours
  • Brushes: At least one of each: small brush (¼ inch or 0.5cm wide), medium paintbrush (½ inch or 1cm wide). Optional: a large brush.
  • A piece of bubble wrap, plastic food wrap, wax paper, any or all.
  • Paper towels
  • Bowl of water and small piece of sponge

Surfaces & Paper Materials:

  • Sketchbook or any white paper for planning, 8 x 10 inch or similar
  • 20 sheets of mixed media paper (paper you can paint on) 9 x 12 inch
  • Newspapers or some kind of drop sheet to cover the work surface
  • 1 or more sheets of flat Styrofoam piece at least 4 x 6 inches. Product name:Scratch-foam board (Or cut out of the flat part of a grocery, take-out, tray, or plate)
  • 12 sheets of construction paper, various colours, 9 x 12 inch or similar
  • 4 sheets of white, stiff cardstock (Bristol board or stiff watercolour paper), 8.5 x 11 inch approximately.

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.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Participation for course experience optimization.


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