- Session: Feb 24th & 25th (9am – 1pm)
- Instructor: Steve Chmilar
- Experience: All welcome
- Ages: 16+
- Cost: $160
This two day workshop will teach you to better understand your paint medium and colour theory basics. We will do hands-on exercises to build our knowledge base so that we can control our medium and make those beautiful colours do what we want them to. The first day will involve paint mixing to build our own colour swatches so that we can understand the differences between opaque and transparent pigments. The second day will combine some of the examples we prepared in day one to create colour and value illusions that every painter must know. This workshop is a condensed version of a previous five-day course. Anyone that had taken the “Oil Painting Skill Development” classes will find mostly new material in this workshop.
Note: the recommended medium for this workshop is oil paint, however, acrylic painters are welcome. We maintain small class sizes to ensure a personalized and welcoming environment. Each student will have their own table to create on in a large, well lit 900 sq ft studio with lots of natural light studio. We continue to follow all guidelines from public health officials.
Steve Chmilar is one of Canada’s foremost New Contemporary painters. Since his debut show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2011, he has painted full-time by selling his work internationally to private collectors. In 2012, he won best in show at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit (Canada’s largest juried exhibition) and Prix De La Meilleure Oeuvre (Prize for Best Work) Mtl en Arts in Montreal. He has been featured on HiFructose,com and John Dalton’s Gently Does it podcast. Recently, he placed as a top finalist out of thousands of international entries in two of the internets largest art competitions: the 2nd annual Jonathan LeVine projects Delusional Art Competition and the Beautiful Bizarre Magazines Art Prize.
Steve’s teaching style is patient and encouraging. “I strive to make a learning environment as relaxed as possible while giving out a lot of information. A light-hearted, low-pressure space that is full of positive energy is the best place to absorb new information and experiment”.
A pad of canvas-paper (any white primed sheets will do) 9”x12” or larger is enough.
If you cannot find canvas paper, unstretched prepared (white gesso covered) canvas can work. Please have the equivalent of at least 5 sheets of 9”x12” (22cm x 30cm) white unstretched canvas or canvas paper.
A couple of small primed painting panels. Anything similar to 8”x10”, 9”x12” or up to 11”x14” can work. Can be prepared wood, canvas or canvas board as long as it is primed white. Note: all painting surfaces from art stores (or dollar stores) that are white are primed. Avoid raw canvas (beige) or raw wood unless you purchase gesso and prime them yourself.
Brushes: (same as beginner class)
-Flat or angle flat: small, medium to large or 8 to 20 or 1/4” to 1” (8mm to 24mm)
-Filbert: small to medium, 1 to 4 or 1/4” to 1/2” (8mm to 12mm)
-Round: very small to medium, 0 to 6, most importantly sizes 2 to 4.
Bring any and all that you might already have.
If you are purchasing oil paints for the first time, be sure to have:
Bright Yellow (cadmium, lemon, or equivalent).
Bright Red (cadmium, naphthol, pyrrole or equivalent).
Alizarin Crimson (Magenta is a substitute)
Ultramarine Blue or Prussian Blue.
– Refined Linseed Oil. Any small quantity of any brand will do.
– Flat mixing surface or palette of any kind. Could even be a piece of card board with palette paper on top. Flat is ideal, trays and lids are cumbersome for proper mixing.
– Palette Knife: any small trowel shaped knife is ideal
– Rags or cloths.
A pair of scissors.
A felt tip pen or small fine-point marker for labelling our paint samples on canvas.
an exacto knife.
Supplied by instructor: reference images, value scales and notes on technical information.