Painting: Colour, Medium and Surface

July 05, 2023 - August 09, 2023



This course will focus on how the combination of subject, medium, colour and surface can create a successful painting. We will explore how such choices can be used to change/enhance/subvert the mood, impact and meaning of a painting and affect the painting process. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different surfaces, work with a range of colour schemes and varying amounts of paint mediums for varied effects. Acrylic or oil painters welcome. Some painting experience required.
Online delivery.

Special Instructions

This online course will be held via Zoom. Students will receive a link one week ahead of the start of the course.


Painting experience required.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

- Paints and brushes: you can work in any medium of your choice for this course (oil, acrylic, watercolour or gouache) or a combination for layering (eg. acrylic, then oil). Please have on hand a range of colours, a variety of brushes and any other tools you like to use to apply paint.

- Surfaces: A range of found, constructed or purchased surfaces are recommended (work, canvas, paper, metal, cardboard)

- Optional: found collage papers and/or objects to incorporate into your painting.

Please note: this course is about exploring and experimenting with materials so a specific list is not appropriate. Each painting project will require each student to choose the most appropriate materials and surface that suits their idea.

July 05, 2023 - August 09, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm