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Oil or Acrylic: Interpreting Fabric into Painting


Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27     10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Daphne Cote.

Want to paint fabric, patterns, or clothing like a pro? This two-day class will be full of tips and techniques on how to capture the looks of various fabrics and costumes to help you create fabric that is an interesting and expressive aspect of your compositions. This class is great for artists who represent fabric in their paintings such as still lifes, figurative painting, and abstract painting. We will learn about colour, reflective light and cast shadows in fabric, how to vary brushstrokes, how to create the illusion of textures (soft, furry, shiny, lacy, sheer, etc.), geometric and patterned fabrics.

Prerequisite: some knowledge of colour theory and experience in drawing is beneficial. This class is open to both oil and acrylic painting.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Supports: 1 12x16” pad of canvas paper

1 16x20” canvas board

Paints: Colours for both acrylic and oil:

Titanium white   Burnt Sienna   Burnt Umber   Ultramarine Blue   Cadmium Red Hue   Cadmium Yellow Hue   Cerulean Blue

Brushes: #4 synthetic Bright

Bring your own brushes in various sizes including one small enough to sign your name, e.g, #1

Other supplies:

Sketchbook & pencil for notes, ideas, & quick sketches

Easel (floor or tabletop)

Masking tape

Large flat white palette

Oil Painters bring: walnut oil & container   Gamsol (no other solvent!) & container   lots of cotton rags

Acrylic Painters bring: Spray bottle for misting

Optional: Suitable art clothes (e.g., apron), notepad, snack, drink

 About the Instructor: Daphne Côté is a professional artist and has been instructing art classes since 2004. She has been drawing and painting and drawn to the study of visual arts since she was a small kid. She has experience showing and selling her work for over the past 19 years. The human figure is the main subject of her work though she also dabbles in other genres to inform her figurative work.

“Light in Life, both in people and our surroundings, inspire me.” -Daphne