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10 week painting class FULL
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Swinton's Studios and Carburn Park 
Calgary, AB Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30
April 12 - June 14  

Every artist is ambitious.  We paint for our own pleasure, but we also paint in the hopes of making sales, getting into juried art groups, or achieving gallery representation.  And those goals require a consistent body of work, one that shows both stylistic and thematic similarities, and exciting variety.  

This 10 week painting course will be split into 2 parts.  In the first 6 classes, you'll create a body of work based on a specific theme of your choice. 

The first class will be a structured day in which all of you begin your body of work.  You'll start several canvases which will be developed in the following 5 classes.  Each canvas will have a different starting method so that you're faced with a variety of challenges to overcome as you develop them.

After the first structured class, the format of each day will be individual work and instruction.

Along the way, I'll do short demos of specific techniques and paint additives  that might be interesting and useful for you to explore as you develop your paintings.

The final 4 classes will be devoted to plein air painting in Carburn Park in SE Calgary. We'll work in the Swinton's studio if it's raining.

Our focus will be on effectively designing and painting a landscape from life: finding and supporting a focal point, editing and simplifying the many elements in front of you into a single, strong statement, and achieving clean, effective colour.  We'll aim to paint 2 paintings per class.  

This course is suitable for both oil and acrylic painters.  Demos will be in oil 

Course calendar




Feb. 24:  1 day composition workshop

Feb. 25, 26 : 2 day portraiture workshop
FCA Central Okanagan Chapter, 
Kelowna, BC

Details and registration : FCA COC


3-Day Still Life Workshop

April 6-8
FCA Victorai Chapter
Victoria, BC

Details and registration: FCA Victoria