(Beginners welcome) In this set of classes I will be revisiting the usual subjects—colour mixing, using a limited palette of colours, using glazes, painting skies, etc. I will also demonstrate how to protect your artwork when finished, how to create monotypes, and how to play with acrylic ‘skins’ to produce a mixed media piece. We will also touch on painting abstract. I’ll do a demo at the beginning of each class and then provide one on one help if needed. Participants can work on their own subjects and I will be available to give my two-cents worth if asked. We may do some loosening-up exercises too. Oh, and we’ll have FUN!
Bring the colours you like to use.
This should be large! The smaller your palette the more restricted you will feel. I recommend the large Masterson Stay-Wet palette (I’m not getting paid to promote this, but I do think it’s an investment). A few LARGE clean Styrofoam meat trays will do at a pinch.
LARGE! You need to have plenty of water on hand when painting with acrylics. Old Tupperware containers (square or round, make sure they’re deep enough) can be found at thrift stores, or plastic ones are available at dollar stores. Little yoghurt containers won’t do. I use empty rectangular dish-washer tablet containers or large rectangular yoghurt containers.
Bring your usual brushes and make sure to bring some large ones. Man-made fibre brushes (not hog’s hair or natural hair) are the best to use with acrylics.
Canvas Size is your choice.
Your reference photos Subject is your choice.
Extras A roll of paper towel or blue shop towel (available at
Canadian Tire and Home Depot). I prefer shop towel as it is stronger than paper
Water spritzer – You will need to spray your paints (or your canvas) occasionally to keep them moist.