In this acrylic painting workshop we will investigate colour theory and composition with Abstract painting as our subject. We will look mostly at Munsell and Itten and their use of Colour Harmony, Complimentary Colours and Value Contrast to create depth in a painting- even an Abstract one. We will paint our way through true primary, secondary and tertiary colours along with analogous and complimentary colours and contrast values . Along the way we will gain some language about colour and how composition works or doesn’t with colour. We will also look at Colour Theorists: Goethe and his fabulous Tertiary colour mixing strategies and Paul Klee’s use of colour value scales to create calm yet play full landscapes.
Several sheets of 140lb (minimum) heavy flat paper, or mixed media pad, to do many paint tests, colour swatches and value strips
A ruler 12″, a compass, 30/60 triangle, stencil tracers of shapes ( we have a bunch of you don’t)
2H or HB pencil
2-3 Palettes that can hold many colours at once
#2, #4, taklon round tipped brush and or #4, #6 taklon flat tipped brush – it makes a smoother surface than hogs hair brushes
gouache is best as it is flat and matte but acrylic is also fine. The colours needed are: (titanium) white, black, primary yellow, primary red/magenta, primary blue/cyan. If true primaries are unavailable then owning red medium, magenta, lemon yellow, yellow medium, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue or cyan are your best options.
We work with instructors to keep required supplies to a minimum. For those materials you need to purchase, we offer a one time 20% discount in the shop for each registration.
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Lauren McKinley Renzetti is an artist, designer, educator, maker, and scenic painter for the film industry. She has shown her work throughout Ontario,Brooklyn and Bulgaria. Her role as an educator, spanning over twenty-five years has taken her to Georgian College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton,and art Works art School. She currently works at the Art For Cancer Foundation, LucSculpture in the east end as well as the AGO. Her work predominantly is texture based: relief printmaking, collage, mixed media sculpture and high relief detritus painting in acrylic. She is represented by ArtBomb, The PATCH Project and was also the artist–in-residence at Unicamp of Ontario where she facilitated large community building art projects for ten years.She is also the curator of Neighbourhood Gallery in the east end.