This virtual class is great for students wanting to develop their painting skills to go beyond the flatness of a 2-D reference image. Through a medium of choice - acrylic or oil paint – you will learn how to work from a photograph by increasing your ability to focus in on the details of that photo. You may choose to work from a personal photo or from other photographic sources. Some painting experience is preferable, but new students are also welcome. Composition, colour theory and mixing, and how they apply to the medium will be emphasized.
Paint Colours (oils or acrylics): Titanium White (Large tube), Cadmium Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Medium, Ultramarine Blue (Large Tube), Thalo Blue, Quinacridone Magenta or Medium Magenta, Dioxazine Purple (optional), Phthalo Green or Viridian Green, Permanent Green or Green Light (optional), Sap Green (with a strong value), Cadmium Orange or other Yellow Orange, Raw Umber (optional), Indanthrene Blue (Indigo Blue in oils - optional), Transparent Red Oxide (optional), Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black
For Oils Only: Galkyd (Fast Drying Medium)
Disposable Palette (9x12 or larger)
Filbert Brushes: 3, 4, 8, 10
Flat Brushes: #3, 6, 8, 12 (Soft hair/synthetic)
Round Brushes: #1, 2, 4 (soft hair synthetic or sable)
1 – 2 inch wide house painting brush (or even wider for applying tints)
Canvas, Birch or Masonite Panels (or a combination to try various surfaces)
*Square cradled panels or boards are recommended when using a brayer
Pencils or Watercolour Pencils in gray, black, brown for sketching
Nitrile or Latex gloves if desired
Artist’s Soap (Baby Oil Or Murphy’s Oil Soap for oil painters) for cleaning brushes
Pete Smith is an artist and writer who lives in Bowmanville, Ontario. His recent image based work explores the collective anxiety around environmental change. Smith has exhibited his work extensively since completing his BFA from York University in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Winter Kept Us Warm at the Toronto Public Library (Leaside), NOANOA at St. Johnsbury Academy on Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea (2018), Habitat at the Oshawa Center (in Conjunction with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in 2018), Open Letter at Bowmanville Town Hall (2017), Southern Pastoral at No Foundation, Toronto (2017), Postscript at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (2015), New Frontier at Kelowna Art Gallery (2015), Initial Public Offering at Station Gallery in Whitby (2013), New Drawings at Colorida Exposicoes in Lisbon, Portugal (2012) and Proverbs for Paranoids at Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver (2010). His work is included in numerous private and public collections in Canada and abroad including TD Bank, The Colart Collection, Imago Mundi (Italy), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and The Art Gallery or Guelph. His writings on art have frequently appeared in Canadian Art and Border Crossings magazines. Smith has held teaching positions at Western University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto. He is a lecturer in the Department of Drawing and Painting at OCAD University, and has taught at the Avenue Road Art School since 2012. Visit www.petesmith.ca.