Details About Painting Classes

Just in case you are curious, here are a few more details about painting classes that I am offering this spring.
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the current time slot availability.

If you have taken instruction from me before, please bring the stay moist palette you had used previously. If that’s not do-able, a palette will be provided for you. You may also bring your unfinished painting to work on, or your own photo to use as reference. Canvases, paint and other supplies are provided. You may bring your own supplies if you wish.

Step 1) I instruct everyone on how to prepare their canvas before starting their painting. This may be a refresher for some students.
Step 2) for those who are interested, there will be some time devoted to learning how to put together an inexpensive stay wet palette which will be used in the class.
Step 3) is about choosing the design/subject for their painting, laying out the palette and some of the techniques we will be using.
There will be points mentioned about the type of paint to use and why.
I will also do a demonstration focusing on the first layer of paint and what to expect when working on their own canvas.
Step 4) students will lay down the first layer of paint and while this is drying, I will demonstrate how to draw the design onto the canvas and/or how to proceed with a landscape.
Step 5) Students work on their background layer (nature up close), sky layer (landscape) or draw their design.
At this point I usually do another demonstration and talk about some problem solving techniques.
Step 6) Lots of coaching on individual progress while students work on their projects.
Step 7) Clean up instructions and information about how to dispose of acrylic paint waste in a more environmentally friendly manner.
This is a summary of the first one or two classes, depending on how quickly students work and how much problem solving is discussed along the way.
In subsequent classes, there are  demonstrations and lots of personal coaching to work towards as close to a finished painting as possible. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace. Some may finish their projects while others may even complete two.
Students may take their paintings home to work on in between classes if they wish. If so, we will discuss what challenges were discovered and how to correct anything that is unsatisfactory.

Overall, I try to make these classes a fun, relaxed way to learn how to paint. But remember, this is only one way of painting with acrylics. If you are interested in asking for more details about these painting classes, please call or email me.


Mother and daughter, Halle and Jill with their class projects. They had a great time painting together in the studio!

Please feel free to call me at 780-459-3747 or email me at if you have further questions or concerns and to register.
Below is the current time slot availability.

Tues May 9
1 to 3:30 pm
Thur May 11
6:30 to 9 pm
Sat May 13
10 am to 12:30pm
Sun May 14
1 to 3:30 pm
 Patricia M    Alicia M.  Julie W  
 Grace F    Carla I Connie O  
 Sandra B   Oonagh A  Patricia E  
     Jill B    
     Deb H    
  Tues May 16
1 to 3:30 pm
 Thur May 18
6:30 to 9pm
 Sat May 20
10 am to 12:30 pm
 Sun May 21
1 to 3:30 pm
Sandra B   Alicia M Deb H  
     Carla I  Patricia E  
     Oonagh A
     Jill B Connie O  
     Connie O  Julie W  
 Tues May 23
1 to 3:30 pm
 Thur May25
6:30 to 9 pm

Sat May 27
10 am to 12:30 pm

Sun May 28
1 to 3:30 pm
Rachel     Deb H

 Connie O    Betty G ?  Patricia E
 Grace F        
 Patricia M        

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