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Power up your Paintings

This opportunity is being cancelled for now, due to new COVID-19 restrictions.

Power up your Paintings
With Bobbi Dunlop

Dates: Thursdays, 9:30– 12:00pm
Six-week class November 12 – December 17, 2020
Cost: On sale now $270 + GST

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As artists, we need to have a tool-box filled with the knowledge in order to make beautiful brushmarks and to be able to tackle whatever comes at us.I like to keep things simple and logical; a process more philosophical than formulaic.

In this class, you can explore painting the subject, from life, (if painting the still life) or from your own personal photo reference. Our primary focus will be how light affects form, paying close attention to major concepts such as abstract design and beautiful paint quality. All while staying true to the fundamentals in order to portray a beautiful painting: Shape, Value, Edges & Colour.

Here are just some of the ideas we’ll explore in class:

  • Mass Design: Massing in puts your idea into your space.
  • Brushstrokes: the language of painting.
  • Shapes, values, edges, colour, the simpler, the better.
  • Simple! See the beauty and you’ll paint it, rather than merely copying reality. The simpler the idea, the more powerful the painting.
  • Visual Concepts: Abstract visual idea, have a statement in mind.
  • Open yourself to possibilities.
  • Flat Shapes: very simple, clear from a distance, looks lit.
  • Paint from a photo as if you’re painting from life.

In this class, students will work on their own projects… still life from life, figure/portraits from photos or landscapes, etc. I will paint along with the class and students will receive one-on-one guidance throughout. In this way, you will be able to observe painting progress from the start to a somewhat finished painting.

Level: Some painting experience – Advanced.

All demonstrations will be done in oil. Acrylic painters welcome. Registrants will receive the course supply list.

Space is limited, first come first serve.