Introduction to Pigments & Painting

Northern Training Division
Credential Earned: Training Certificate
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 4 Weeks

For Tweens & Teens with Shandelle McCurdie

This course will teach the basics of colour theory, painting mediums, tools and techniques. In this time we will practise with watercolours and acrylic paints.

Week 1: Introduction to myself and all students. We will go over our materials and how we will use them. Learn Basic Watercolour techniques, washes and application.

Week 2: Students and I will talk about colour theory and apply last week’s teachings into a landscape piece that students and I will complete together.

Week 3: Intro to Acrylic painting, colour mixing and brush techniques. Use our first canvas to sample materials and experiment with paint, value, . We will look at famous artists as inspo for our final class.

Week 4: Students will recreate a painting from an artist that we admire using the techniques from last class. Students will have 2 painted pieces by the end of this course.

Throughout the courses, we will experiment with techniques and study famous artists (old & now) to understand how to apply these into our own paintings, including:

  • Paper Prep
  • Wet on Wet
  • Dry Brush
  • Salt, Cling Wrap and other textures
  • Colour Theory Acrylics;
  • Canvas Prep
  • Preliminary Sketch
  • Colour Mixing
  • Values
  • Composition & Perspective

Artist that we will learn about: Leonardo Da Vinci, Gustav Klimt, Hilma af Klint, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Mickalene Thomas, Edgar Degas, Egon Schiele, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Mattise, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama.

Materials Required

  • Watercolour paper (4-5 sheets @ 8”X10”)
  • Brushes (5 sizes; small – large)
  • Jar for water (to rinse brushes)
  • Old rag (to clean brushes)
  • Masking Tape
  • Sponge
  • Cling Wrap, Salt, white wax crayon
  • Acrylic Paint Set; Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Green, Orange, White
  • Canvas (2 @ 8”X10”)

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