Expressing the Language of Painting – Fall 2018
For Adults

Class Description

Have you ever wanted to take your acrylic painting to the next level? Or are you returning to your art after an absence? This course will assist students to understand the nature of creativity through a series of exercises designed to unleash an intuitive approach to painting. You will connect with your own well of creative energy. As well you will be encouraged take the next step with confidence in a constructive and inspirational environment.

Course Structure:

         The initial part of the course will provide a basic understanding of the language of painting through colour, form, space and light. We will explore how artists have utilized each aspect of the painterly language.  For example: In what way is a Fauvist painting different from Impressionism? Examine the use of colour. How is Lucian Freud’s painting different from the work of Francis Bacon? Examine the importance of the emotional expression in the method of portraiture. In the next part of the course we will explore individual projects that will involve a contemporary painting approach.  Subjects of inspiration could include still life, home interiors, views from a window, the action in the street or the architecture of the city. We will focus on learning more about why an artist will choose a particular painting subject and strategy, in order to develop your own personal vocabulary

This class is suitable for those who have some basic experience in acrylics and want to go to the next level.

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Elizabeth Greisman

(BFA, B.Ed)

Elizabeth studied at York University and graduated with a degree in Visual Arts and Education. She studied Dance Education at the Laban Centre in London and graduated from Ryerson University in Landscape Design. Since 2001 she has participated in yearly international residencies where she developed collaborations in art, dance, poetry, music, theatre, creative writing and cuisine. Elizabeth is a practicing painter, curator and visual arts administrator who has worked both internationally and in Toronto with a studio at Wychwood Barns. She has exhibited 5 years at Spadina Museum during Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, and has had shows in Marnay sur Seine France including two garden installations and an illustrated cookbook based on seasonal fruits, flowers and vegetables.

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