Create dynamic compositions by learning to integrate the figure into your landscapes. Inspired by drawings and paintings by well-known artists, you will learn how to place one or more figures in the setting of your choice. By combining together images from a variety of sources in a new and personal way, you can explore the narrative power of the figure to add interest and drama to your compositions. The class will work from photo reference in either acrylic paint or chalk pastels. All levels are welcome in this online painting class, though some experience in either painting or drawing would be helpful. You will be sent a variety of images to begin with, and later are welcome to use your own photo reference material.
Please Note: Students can work in either acrylic paint OR chalk pastel. Both supply lists follow. Everything can be ordered online now, or for curb side pick-up, so allow more time for receiving your supplies.
If buying new paints, it’s best not to get student quality acrylics. Golden, Liquitex, Windsor and Newton heavy body artist quality paints work well. Otherwise, just use what you already have.
Palette: titanium white, mars black, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, viridian green, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red medium, raw sienna, raw umber
Supports for acrylic paint: Four or five canvases or canvas boards 12” x16” or larger.
Brushes: If buying new brushes, choose brushes made for acrylic and water colour rather than oil paints, which are stiffer and longer. Otherwise, use what you have that is similar.
A one-inch flat brush, square tip
A half-inch flat brush, square tip
A quarter inch flat brush, square tip
#6 or #8 round brush with a good point
Other: 9”x12” sketchbook
2B lead pencil
4B charcoal pencil
willow charcoal sticks
Alternate supply list ONLY for students working in chalk pastel:
1 black, 1 brown
Nupastel firm pastel sticks, set of 12
Soft Chalk Pastels
Rembrandt soft pastels, box of 15, or 30 half sticks for more variety of colours for the price. You can also buy pastels individually. You might like a few colours that are not in the basic sets.
Paper: Canson, Strathmore and Mi-Tientes make pastel paper in a wide selection of colours. Choose sheets 19” x 25” in neutral tones such as warm beige or cool grey in a middle value, not too light or too dark. Also select a couple of brighter colours that you might like to work on. There are also pads of slightly smaller multi coloured pastel paper that work well too.
Other: Small notebook, eraser, X-acto knife, sandpaper pad for sharpening pastels, hand wipes, plastic container with dry rice in the bottom, to hold and clean broken bits of pastel.
Note to all: If you have access to a standing or table easel, please use it. Otherwise, sit at a table to work
Jennifer Hinrichs graduated from Central Technical School’s Fine Art department. She has worked as an art director in publishing and has been painting and exhibiting her work for over 20 years. Her subjects include the figure and the landscapes and interiors they inhabit, in a variety of mediums including charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylics. Jennifer has taught drawing and painting at George Brown College, and is an experienced creativity workshop leader. Her work is in private collections around North America and Bermuda, where she was an artist in residence with Masterworks Foundation. Jennifer’s work appears at the John B. Aird Gallery, and Main Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre. Visit grandmananartists.com.
"My drawing class, for me, is what I imagine meditation is like for other people. The class begins and your brain immediately takes you to another place, a zen-like space that’s deeply relaxing, removed from anywhere you’ve been before. What feels like moments later, the class is over and you return home in a new state of calm. It’s a feeling you want to hang onto. Magical.” - Leslie Milrod
"Jennifer is an excellent teacher and managed to connect well with each member of our class. Her communication is clear and was sufficiently simple for our class. Her sense of humour, organization and encouragement were well appreciated." - Alanna Quinn