Acrylic Landscape Painting with Randy Hayashi January 2020

January 24 to 26, 2020 at Kensington Art Supply

The focus of this workshop is to create a compelling landscape painting with acrylic paint. We will explore the importance of design and composition before painting and how to simplify what you see in your reference photo. This will involve sketching and trying different value studies with pencil and paper.

The goal is also to expand the participants understanding of acrylic painting and to encourage expressive use of color and to share an array of tips and techniques. Each day the workshop will include a short demo and mini-lessons through the day as well as individual instruction.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

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Making a Good Painting with Deborah Tilby February 2020

February 21 to 23, 2020 at Kensington Art Supply

So many elements go into making a good painting and in this workshop we will cover as many as time permits, including composition, value sketches, black and white studies and blocking in with full colour. We will pay particular attention to making a good beginning. The initial block in can have an enormous effect on the progress of that painting; it can flow relatively smoothly or be a struggle all the way through. Deborah will demonstrate several ways to tackle that initial block in, and demonstrate her approach to any problems that arise, offering plenty of help one-on-one. Reference photos will be available but you may bring any that you feel will make good paintings.

Acrylic painters are welcome, but Deborah will be doing all demos of block in methods in oil, which acrylic painters may not find useful.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

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Loose and Lively Landscapes with Perry Haddock March 2020

March 20 to 22, 2020 at Kensington Art Supply

This workshop will focus on the idea that painting can be fun and experimental. Too often we prevent ourselves from letting loose because we think we need to follow a strict formula, or that we must end up with a finished painting that fits our preconceived idea of “perfection”. I like to think of a painting session as messing around with ten bucks worth of materials. As a result, I can take creative risks, try new ideas or new palettes, and learn something during the session. I might even get a killer painting out of it. But if not, I’ve invested ten bucks and had fun. Through exercises and demonstrations, Perry will show his approach to tackling design fundamentals and processes, and participants will be encouraged to break out of their old routines and “out of the box.” Bring your sense of fun and adventure.

Perry will be painting with acrylics. Oil painters are welcome, but some of the processes may not be completely transferable.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

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Contemporary Portraiture with Brian Smith April 2020

April 17 to 19, 2020

This exciting portraiture painting course will develop your ability to capture the likeness of any model in acrylics or oils. Starting with an understanding of the shapes and planes of the face, portrait composition, value studies through to monochromatic paintings, you will advance to expressive paintings of the model in a full palette. Works by a variety of artists will be discussed throughout the course.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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Oil and Cold Wax Landscape with Laura Culic May 2020

May 22 to 24, 2020 at Kensington Art Supply

Learn how to “paint in the moment” and work with oil and cold wax. Experience how cold wax gives oil paint a stiffer, more buttery body which lends itself in creating texture and depth. Use various tools, such as squeegees, credit cards, palette knives, and brayers to build up layers, and scrape back into your work to reveal underlying imagery in surprising and exciting ways. Focus on exploring the cold wax medium, and learn to loosen up and let chance and serendipity influence your work. Use your “mistakes” to contribute to the interest, depth and sense of history in a piece. Laura will offer plenty of one-on-one instruction, insightful and constructive critique and positive encouragement. Participants are encouraged to work on several pieces at once, to allow a true sense of play and experimentation to pervade.

Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

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