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Technique Time-Travel

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

A three-week class that takes students backwards through art history.


Three 1 hour classes | $60 per student | online through Zoom


Available Classes in August

Tuesdays at 6:15

Thursdays at 6:15

(Please contact to book)


Technique Time-Travel is a three-week class that takes students backwards through art history to learn the skills of composition, observation, and use of colour. The techniques gradually build through the length of the course increasing in complexity.

Week one: Abstract Expressionism

The first week is based on the spontaneous works of Abstract Expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Students will be guided to convey their emotions and learn to observe their works to create dynamic non-representational compositions.

Week two: Fauvism

Students will learn to use the “expressive potency of pure colour” to further express themselves while creating a more realistic work. Utilizing the styles of “the Wild Beasts of Colour” like Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, works will be created that resemble landscapes, or still-lifes but with vibrant unnatural colours chosen according to each student’s whims.

Week three: Impressionism

In the final week, students will learn to illustrate their individual awareness of their environment, rather than create an exact copy. This class incorporates all that was learned about observation and colour in the two previous weeks and focuses on the techniques of Claude Monet; how light changes and representing how we really see objects, not how we think they should look.

Recommended Materials:

Acrylic paints, brand of your choice, one tube of each colour

- Ultramarine

- Burnt Umber

- Crimson/Cadmium Red

- Titanium White

- Brilliant Yellow/Cadmium Yellow


- Cobalt Blue

- Black

- Other bright colours

Brushes and other materials:

- Any brushes you would like to use, but medium-sized filbert, flat, and round brushes are recommended

- At least one round brush that makes a fine point

- Water container for cleaning brushes

- A Palette: foam or plastic plates or trays. (Alternative - any flat stiff surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil, or a disposable palette pad)

- Paper towel or an old cloth

- Pencil

- Ruler


- 3 or more small primed canvas boards/panels or primed stretched canvases

- A small pad of paper that can take acrylic paint (inexpensive watercolour or printmaking paper can work).


- Newspaper

- Printer paper

- Palette knife

- Acrylic paint mediums (Recommended: Liquitex® Basics Acrylic Mediums Set, Texture & Effects)

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