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Painting for the Day

Painting for the Day with Jacqueline Crawley

Intermediate to Advanced Level

For the student who wants to set a day aside for painting. Instruction is available on most topics, styles, and mediums. Challenging exercises, where the instructor will set a task that encourages growth in an area such as values or texture, are available. Demos, and help with techniques like palette knife, composition or colour use, are given whenever there is a need. Students with their own ideas, and those who wish to experiment are welcome to use the instructor as a sounding board, critical assessment, or mentorship. This class thrives on diversity. The instructor, Jacqueline Crawley, has a fine art degree from the University of Guelph, worked as an Editorial Illustrator and Architectural Draftsman and has taught art for over 14 years. Her own work is limited to drawing, painting in oils and acrylic in realism or abstraction. Currently, she works in 3D with wire sculpture and has returned to studying printmaking.


Use colours you like.  I suggest the basics: primary [magenta, cyan & primary yellow], raw umber, white and black. There are many colours that are difficult to make and those you should buy.

-  Oils Paints – can be used on top of dried Acrylic Pastes that are porous.

There are 3 Types of Oils:

1) Regular oils from various companies

2) Water Soluble that still need oils to bind them to the painting surface 

3) Alkyd [resin based that dry in 8 hour approx] that use Liquin as a medium.  All oils can be used together.

-  Acrylic Paints – any type can be used – they come in different thicknesses: Inks, Fluid Body, Soft Body, and Heavy Body. Student or professional grade.


Acrylic only   

-  Thin medium - Polymer not a Glaze [e.g. GAC 100 by Golden] – use to thin heavy body paints instead of water. – important purchase for acrylics.

-  Heavy Gels for different textures – comes in Gloss & Matt   [e.g. Liquitex Heavy Body, Super Heavy Body].  I mix the two to create a satin which I prefer.

Acrylic & Oil

-  Acrylic Modeling Paste comes in different colours and textures.  Note: There are many types of Paste.  All are opaque and used under paint.  Oils can go on top.

-  Oil Thickeners are available as clear Pastes and can be used as a general medium – not for acrylics. Thinners like Turps and Mineral Spirits are not allowed in public areas due to toxic fumes etc.  Best to use the oils available for each type of oils. 

Art Knives

Metal knives are best   Pie shaped knives [best for mixing], Flat ended [best for taking products from jars] and Long Blades [covers larger areas].  All should come with an ‘angled’ connection to handle – size and variety available including round or textured edges.


Brushes stiff enough to pick up paint [soft are for watercolour] -  Long handles for standing and Short handles for working seated - both work in either situation


-  a 2” thin bristle brush for backgrounds

-  Nylon brushes are for crisp strokes and beginners.  Buy Large, Medium & Small sizes in Bright, Filbert, Round

-  Bristle Brushes are good for soft edges – size and shape as in nylon.

-  Hair Brushes are for delicate or fine work.

Palette:  Use any type


Large disposable – are good for palette knife and large amounts of paint.  Grey Palettes are good for colour control.  A small wet palette allows you to store mixed acrylic paint for a few weeks. Some students have enjoyed using small snap lid containers to store oils or acrylics for a week or two.

Painting Surface: any type you wish.  Note: buy a liquid Gesso to prime the surface as most modern canvases have only a thin layer and may have quality issues.

Misc: Important Items

-  Spray Bottle – Large - capable of fine mist preferred [acrylics only]

-  Cloth Rags – 2 sq ft min:  sweat shirts without arms, tea clothes or towels – best way to clean knives and brushes while painting – used over and over

-  Masking Tape - painters tape or regular - different widths [optional]

-  String – cotton string about 2 feet long or longer

-  Paper Pad & Pencil for Thumbnail sketches and notes

-  Found objects and Tissue Paper are interesting additions but optional

Program Type: Arts,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Classes End: Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Days of the week: Wednesday
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
Painting for the Day Tue Apr 9 - Jun 11 No class Apr 23 10:00am - 3:30pm 9 CA$261.00 CA$306.00 VIAPFTDSP19

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