Acrylic Beyond the Basics

In this class, you will be encouraged to work in larger formats, using traditional painting materials, with some added non- traditional material. While technique will remain an important aspect, emphasis will be placed on experimentation, building personal style and colour sense, choosing subject matter, and open in-class discussions about work produced.

This course is not suitable for beginners, instruction is designed for those who have some previous experience with acrylic painting.

Details & Registration

In-Person / Online Class

Ages: 16+


  • In-Person - Friday - May 5 to June 16, 2023
  • Online - Friday - May 5 to June 16, 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Holiday: No class May 19, Victoria Day Weekend

Sessions: 6

Price: $195 Non-Members, $175 with a membership

Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See Materials List

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Note: This class is offered with your choice of in-person or online instruction. Instruction will be provided in-person and online simultaneously.

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What Students will Learn

  • What is acrylic paint, it's properties and mediums. Colour study will be discussed.
  • Underpainting like the masters
  • Glazing technique
  • Impasto / Ala Prima

About the Instructor

Stephanie Schirm

Stephanie Schirm began her career as a fashion designer, studying in Europe. While designing in the Toronto fashion district, she also created a number of fashion illustrations for catalogues, storyboards, and advertisements for current Canadian Designers.

She eventually left the fashion industry to become a graduate of OCAD in Communication and Design. Only then to enter the Liturgical world of Design, where she established Labyrinth Studios Inc, designing and manufacturing religious garments and sanctuary d├ęcor for Churches across Canada and the US.

Her passion for drawing, painting and designing lead her to sharing her knowledge, over 10 years ago with the Continuing Education in Guelph and as Fashion Illustration instructor for Mohawk College in Hamilton. Since then she has taught in a number of different establishments thorough out the GTA area.


We ask students have:

  • Canvas boards no larger than 16" x 20" (2 boards)
  • Small pad of canvas paper for experimentation
  • Conte or charcoal (black or brown or coloured)
  • Disposable paint palette or plate, two water containers, rags or paper towel
  • Soft synthetic brushes, round, flat and filbert AND/OR Bristol brushes, round, flat and filbert
  • Assortment of palette knives
  • Acrylic polymer medium (gloss or semigloss)
  • Modeling gel
  • Small container Gesso - white
  • Acrylic paint (heavy body) in the following colours:
    • Cadmium red
    • Medium yellow
    • Ultra-marine blue
    • Titanium white
    • Mars black
    • And any other colours you have or like