Explore Painting with Acrylics

Learn the essential techniques you need to paint confidently with Acrylics! All techniques will be demonstrated and explained in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format. Students are encouraged to explore the innovative possibilities of this 20th Century medium, while completing two finished paintings.

This class is suitable for all levels, whether you are a beginner or would like a refresher.

Details & Registration

Ages: 16+

Dates: Monday - January 29 to March 4, 2024  Class Full

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sessions: 5

Holiday: No class Family Day - February 19

Price: $170 Non-Members, $153 with a membership

Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See Materials List

Skill Level: All skill levels

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What Students will Learn

  • What is acrylic paint, it’s properties and mediums
  • Brush stroke and layering techniques
  • Colour Theory and mixing
  • Exercise on how to create form
  • Exercise on how to create depth

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 décor 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:

  • 2x Canvas Boards no smaller than 9x12
  • Mixed Media sketchbook or Canvas paper pad 9x12
  • Pencil, eraser, ruler
  • Disposable paint palette, rags or paper towel
  • Assorted Soft Synthetic brushes: round #2, Flat #4, #6, #10 and Filbert #6
  • Assorted Bristle brushes: round #2, Flat #4, #6, #10 and Filbert #6
  • Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
  • Colour suggestions:
    • Cadmium red
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Carnelian blue
    • Titanium white
    • Mars black
    • Cobalt blue
    • Raw Umber
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Magenta
    • Burnt Sienna
    • And any other colours you have or like