Introduction to Painting in Acrylics

Learn the essential techniques you need to paint confidently with Acrylics! Starting with the anatomy of acrylic paint, weekly projects explore innovative possibilities of this modern medium. All techniques will be carefully demonstrated, using photo reference, and explained in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format.

This class is intended for beginners and not recommended for those who have previous acrylic painting experience.

Details & Registration

In-Person / Online Class

Ages: 16+


  • In-Person - Friday - November 11 to December 16, 2022
  • Online - Friday - November 11 to December 16, 2022

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sessions: 6

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

Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See Materials List

Skill Level: Beginner

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 kind of brush strokes, how to handle the brush, how to mix the paint.
  • What is acrylic paint, it’s properties and mediums.
  • Colour Theory and mixing
  • Understanding out to create form with light and Shadow
  • Underpainting (monochromatic) to create a good base

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:

  • Canvas paper pad, 8x10 or 9x12
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Disposable paint palette or plate, two water containers, rags or paper towel
  • Soft synthetic brushes, round, flat and filbert
  • Acrylic polymer medium (gloss or semigloss) OR glazing medium
  • Acrylic paint in the following colours:
    • Cadmium red
    • Medium yellow
    • Ultra- Marine blue
    • Titanium white
    • Mars black
    • Raw umber
    • Yellow Ochre
    • And any other colours you have or like