Abstract Painting: Structure & Expression Oil Basics Painting: Colour as Practice Painting: Geometric Abstraction Painting: Gesture and Colour Painting: Nature and the Sublime Painting the Everyday with Gouache Watercolour: Art and Science
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Painting: Gesture and Colour (PNTGs108-18)

This course teaches the fundamentals of painting with an emphasis on colour, line and form. Subject matter includes inventive still life constructions, live models, found imagery and photographs. Students work on colour exercises sequentially, from black and white through the complementary colours, to a full palette of colour by the end of the course. This introductory course focuses on several quick and direct studies using paint on paper as opposed to making a "finished" painting. Historical and conceptual ideas surrounding painting are discussed and illustrated with slide presentations.
Wednesdays 10am - 1pm, May 16 - Jun 20
Todd Lambeth
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
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Oil Basics (PNTGs166-18)

This six-week course provides a great introduction for beginner painters to work with oils and for those planning to switch from acrylics to oil. You will learn about brush handling, colour mixing, glazing and scumbling, as well as how to prepare supports. Projects include practice exercises, still life set-ups and figure painting, as well as working from photographs or on-site. You will learn how oil paint technology has progressed to the point where it is considered more environmentally safe than acrylics. You will leave the course with a solid knowledge of oil painting materials including usage, clean-up and storage. In addition you will be introduced to an array of subject matter choices that you could pursue long after the course finishes. No painting experience necessary.
Wednesdays 2pm - 5pm, May 16 - Jun 20
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
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Painting: Nature and the Sublime (PNTGs201-18)

Although based on landscape and nature, this course examines the more abstract qualities of painting. Students experiment with the application of paint on a surface to create atmosphere, mood and emotion. Natural phenomena and weather are used for their metaphoric capacities. The act of painting becomes a way to connect the artist to the natural surrounding world. Using historical and contemporary examples and approaches, students look towards nature as a point of departure to explore ideas, processes and visual poetry. An understanding about the effectiveness of colour and composition in painting is emphasized. Students can use acrylic or oils. Prerequisite: Previous painting experience.
Thursdays 10am - 1pm, May 31 - Jul 5
Xane St Phillip
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
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Abstract Painting: Structure & Expression (PNTGs212-18)

Have you ever wondered how an artist starts an abstract painting? Or what are the underlying ideas that guide an abstract painting's direction? This course focuses on the ways artists approach the abstract image including using underlying structures such as the grid, architecture, nature, symbols as a starting point. Each project will be accompanied by examples of artists who are doing work related to the specific topic at hand. Through the process of combining structure and gesture, students discover their own personal language and approaches to abstraction.
Tuesdays 10am - 1pm, May 15 - Jun 19
Wendy De Gros
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
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Painting: Colour as Practice (PNTGs223-18)

This course offers an excellent opportunity to put colour theory into practice. You will create several paintings that employ key aspects of colour such as value, hue, intensity and temperature, as well as simple and complex colour relationships. Students who have completed Painting: Understanding Colour are encouraged to bring their completed colour binders as a ready reference. Students who have not taken colour theory can learn as they paint. An assortment of painting subjects are covered such as still life, landscape and the figure. Some painting experience is recommended.
Thursdays 2pm - 5pm, May 17 - Jun 21
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
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Painting: Geometric Abstraction (PNTGs228-18)

This painting course follows the roots of early cubist-inspired abstraction (Mondrian, Malevich, Kandinsky, Klee) up through mid-century minimalism (Reinhart, Newman, Stella, Kelly, Martin) to more contemporary precedents (Riley, Taaffe, Levine, Bleckner, Halley). The unifying theme is the contrast of the organic character of making a painting with a search for form that often recalls the designed environment. Focus will be on compositional formats such as stripes, rectangles and the grid. While these styles gained attention several decades ago, students learn how to use them as part of an effective contemporary painting practice. Prerequisite: Previous painting experience.
Fridays 2pm - 5pm, Jun 1 - Jul 6
Xane St Phillip
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
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Watercolour: Art and Science (PNTGs230-18)

Throughout history, art and science co-existed in the form of botanical and zoological drawings; diagrams of the earth’s structure and our solar systems; and in the form of medical illustrations, to give but a few examples. This course will use several branches of science such as botany, zoology, geology, astronomy, and human physiology as a point of departure for watercolour paintings. Watercolour is the selected medium because it can be used for both drawing and painting. Basic watercolour techniques will be covered, but the focus of the course is on responding to a scientific subject in an expressive and imaginative way. No watercolour experience is required.
Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm, May 29 - Jul 3  Full - Waitlist
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
Material Fee: $35 for high quality watercolour papers
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Painting the Everyday with Gouache (PNTGs241-18)

This course is inspired by the artist, illustrator and writer Maira Kalman. The focus is on using objects that are part of everyday life, personal experiences, as well as using popular culture and current events as subject matter. Composition, working with text, and ideas surrounding meaning and content will be addressed with each project. Working with mixed media such as pastel, ink and collage is also a part of this course. Course will include presentations of other artists working with ‘the everyday’ as source.
Thursdays 2pm - 5pm, May 31 - Jul 5
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $235.00 (18 hrs)
Material Fee: $35 for high quality watercolour papers
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