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Studio Series with Darlene Kulig – Acrylic Painting: From Reference to Essence

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From Reference to Essence – 4 part exploration into design elements and colour theory!⁠

Starting Jan 20th, 2024

Arts Etobicoke will be hosting a series of creative workshops at their storefront gallery located at 4893A Dundas Street West. ⁠
My design From Reference to Essence workshop starts January 20th and runs for 4 consecutive Saturday afternoons between 10:30 am and 01:00 pm. 

Introducing a Series of Art Classes!

In a series of four weekly in-person workshops, participants will learn a new skill taught by professional artist Darlene Kulig. Workshops will be in a variety of disciplines. This is a great opportunity for people wanting to learn a new artistic skill. All materials will be provided by Arts Etobicoke.

Ages 16+
Cost: $220 +HST for the series (all 4 workshops, all supplies included)

All proceeds from this class will go towards supporting our free community programming.

“Darlene’s whole approach to teaching (and painting) is so delightful, engaging and life affirming! I’d never really painted before, but the class I’ve just finished with her has started me on a great new journey. I’m really grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from such a gifted artist.”

Semi-abstracted Spirited Landscape

Acrylic Painting: From Reference to Essence explores design elements and colour theory to build the artist’s tool box and offers insights to open the heart of an artist to discover their “essence”. Students will work with drawing tools, thumbnail sketches and acrylic paints. We will reconnect with the divergent thinking of a child. Finding courage to be in the moment and make personal art is a liberating and life changing thing. Each week class will start with a short lecture to better understand design and colour. I will bring something that I am working on to better understand my step by step process.

Each student will have open studio time to work on a painting of their choice. I will bring art books for students to “copy” if they are not ready to start something original. Or students are welcome to bring their own reference or to copy my style.

WEEK ONE: We will look at the colour wheel and mix complex neutrals. Understanding value is the foundation to making art. Learning to see colour as a value and a temperature (warm or cool) is critical to making successful art. Students will have open studio time to paint.

WEEK TWO: Students will learn about composition and how to “decide” or “choose” which shapes go where by blocking out their work through developing a se-ries of thumbnail sketches. We will break down how to move colour through your work to create balance and harmony.

WEEK THREE: Students will continue to look at the core design elements including Line, Shape, Value, Colour and Intensity. Students will have open studio time to paint.

WEEK FOUR: Students will now be ready to let go and critique their own work and the work of each other using the skills developed in the workshop. Students will have open studio time to paint.

Venue: Arts Etobicoke

4893A Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1B2

Upcoming Dates:
January 20, 2024 10:30 am – 01:00 pm.
January 27, 2024 10:30 am – 01:00 pm.
February 03, 2024 10:30 am – 01:00 pm.
February 10, 2024 10:30 am – 01:00 pm.