Introductory Painting Techniques (CSPN 100)

Embark on a 36-hour intensive course spread over 12 weeks. This course is an enhanced program based on student feedback, adding an extra 12 hours of immersive learning compared to our previous offering.

Explore the core principles of painting as an expressive medium in this introductory course. Working with acrylic paint and mediums, you will study and practice paint-handling techniques such as blocking in, building up texture and glazing along with colour mixing and compositional strategies. Through exercises, material and technical demonstrations, presentations and exploration, you will learn the fundamentals of painting. While the focus of this course is the technical foundations of painting, students are encouraged to go beyond the basics and explore their own conceptual interests within assignment frameworks. Designed for students with little to no experience with painting, instruction includes preparation and use of materials, sketching for painting, and painting from observation.

Contact Hours

36 course hours (3 hours per class)

Prior Learning

To fully benefit from this course, prior experience with Drawing is recommended.

Courses offered that meet Prior Learning Requirements

Tuition + Materials

Tuition is $775.00. Download your detailed materials list before your first class.

Course Format

Course offering is available either online synchronous (VCHAT) or on campus (GNWC). View schedule for current and upcoming formats.


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