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Adult and Teen Classes

These painting series are designed to build a foundational skill set in either acrylics or watercolours.You will learn about colour theory, washes, under painting, and all types of brushstrokes and mark-making techniques. These classes are appropriate for beginners and for people who already have some working knowledge and would like to develop their skill set further.

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Current class offerings

Acrylic for beginners/intermediate

In this 5 week painting series taught by Alicia, you will learn about brush mark making and how to use different brushes for desired effects. You will lean about colour theory and blending, layering, washes, and more. This is for beginners and intermediate painters who are looking to add to their repertoire of skills. This class is based in landscape painting but the skills are transferable to painting floral and other forms of art. The first 3 classes will be technique-based learning and the final 2 classes we will produce a final piece of art to take home and hand on your wall.

Week 1- Brushes and mark making

  • How to paint strait lines, outlines, stems, trees, etc

  • How to create tree leaves with different bruses

  • How to do washes, rainbows, and create atmospheric lighting effects

  • How to use the different types of brushes


Week 2

  • Washes

  • Layering “in the woods”

  • Mist, knocking things into background

  • Creating atmospheric effects

  • Lighting

  • Difference between foreground, mid ground and background

Week 3

  • How to paint clouds, different kinds of clouds, different colours of clouds

  • Water, waves, reflections

Week 4

  • Begin our final painting based on a photograph of a local scene with water scape

  • Preliminary sketch and blocking in the underpainting

  • Begin to add in overall colours of sky and water

  • Create mood and feeling

Week 5

  • Paint in the details

  • Create a final masterpiece

Watercolour – 5 week series

This 5 week series is designed to cover the basics of watercolour application including how to use the brushes properly for desired effects. We will also cover washes, colour mixing and colour theory basics, and how to layer and blend colours without creating a muddy mess. You will lean how to do masking and planning a piece for leaving areas lighter for things like waterfalls and lighting effects. We will focus on technique for the first few classes and in the final two classes we will produce a beautiful painting of a waterfall.


Week1- basics: brushes, mark making, learning solid lines, planning for whites and lights, masking, planning, adding soft washes, bleeds

Week2- layering, washes, colour blending and over-lap, layering, colour theory, texture, color isolation

Week3- Begin final painting of waterfalls, light sketch, mask out areas, planning, washing in light colour

Week4- adding another layer of washes, colour blending, adding in foliage and rock details,

Week 5- Bringing in the water, textures and splashes

Acrylic Van Gogh- 6 week painting series

In this 6 week series you will learn all about Van gogh’s painting style and the way that he used his brush to make little marks of movement upon the page that build up form and created shape and flow. You will also learn about his use of colours and the way that he created flecks of light within the palette to move the eye and have the lighting really pop. In the first 2 classes we’ll cover these techniques and in the next two classes we will re-create the starry starry night sky line, and then in the final 2 classes we will paint a photograph of a location in Vancouver using his style. So you will go home with 2 beautiful masterpieces on stretched canvas.




Week 1

  • Brushstrokes, movement, shape, size variation, and brushes

  • Colour mixing

  • Colour placements to create shimmering effects

Week 2

  • Lighting

  • Light creating shapes of objects

Week 3

  • Begin the painting of starry starry night skyline

  • Blocking in colours

  • Begin to apply all that was learned starting to add in the brushwork

Week 4

  • Filling in the painting with the wonderous brush strokes of van gogh

  • Complete the master piece


Week 5

  • Begin painting of landscape by local photographer in van gogh style

  • Block in all the shapes

Week 6

  • Work the van gogh brushstrokes and lighting techniques into the painting

  • Complete the masterpiece!

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