Occurs on Wednesday April 14 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Joy Wong
April 14 to June 16
Wednesdays 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Would you like to explore the figure in painting? Do you want to create portraits that are expressive and emotive? Are you interested in how colours and brushwork can reveal more about a person? By the end of the course, students will understand the anatomy of the human face and how to push proportions in painting. Students will investigate the basics of colour theory and colour mixing in order to construct self portraits. Students will demonstrate their expressive brushwork through experimental mark making and paint application. This course will accommodate students of all levels, from the beginners to those with more experience with painting and drawing. This will be an 10 week course. Below is a loose breakdown of projects week by week.
1. Intro to materials and colour palette, brush strokes.
2. Proportion practice.
3. Different angles
4. Colour theory. Monochromatic self portraits (quick and loose)
5. Mixing skin tones. Light and Shadow.
6. Loosening up - let's create our own painting tools
7. Colour Separations - glazing and layering paints
8. The Fragmented Self - using collage methods
9. Lightning round - fast portraits in various colours and methods
10. Extended play - taking a painting through to completion in extended study


Acrylic Paint. Any brand will do. Regular and acryl gouache would also be appropriate.
o White
o Black
o Cadmium Red
o Primary Yellow
o Ultramarine Blue
(Students may wish to go beyond this limited palette to add range)
o Brushes (small round, medium flat, 2” chip brush)
o Palette or something to mix paint on
o Canvases, canvas paper, or some other sturdy surfaces to paint on

** Some materials can be provided to artists who have access needs (paint, brushes, and 2 small canvas boards). Please let us know if you need any or all of these supplies and a kit will be delivered; Limited quantities available.**

About the instructor:
Joy Wong is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto, Canada who works in painting, print media, poetry, and sculpture. Their practice focuses on the intersections of disgust and beauty, decay and decadence, and connects material investigations with the shifting physicality of the body. She obtained her BFA from York University with a double major in Visual Arts and Creative Writing and received her MFA from Western University. Wong has participated in artist residencies in St. John's, Halifax, and Oshawa, and was a finalist for the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

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