Introduction to painting

Explore contemporary techniques and practices in acrylic painting while strengthening your knowledge of basic painting concepts.

Coming Summer 2020

The Painting Summer Institute is a practically designed program that allows students to explore a variety of acrylic painting techniques and to develop fundamental painting skills. Acrylics are a great medium for beginners and for learning basic concepts of painting. Unlike oil paints, they are easy to use and clean and capable of producing quality technical paintings. This program will foster students' awareness of, and creative potential for a career in landscape or portrait art, artistic printmaking, artistic silkscreen, art therapy, teaching, and curation.

This Summer Institute will also include a seminar designed to help you build your cultural etiquette and cultural adaption for work and study in Canada.

A Letter of Participation will be issued to students who successfully complete all of the seminars.


Each week, students will be required to attend seminars and instructional courses on campus during the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and
  • Monday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Program Courses

Acrylic Painting
Learn the basics of colour theory, paint mixing, application techniques, and composition while developing your painting skills through still life, landscape and portrait assignments. You will be introduced to historical and contemporary artists to inform your perspective and understanding as you work towards developing a personal style. Participate in both individual and group critiques to broaden your vocabulary and comprehension of having a painting practice.

Working with Acrylic Medium
Get introduced to a wide range of acrylic mediums and learn how to use them to broaden your understanding of texture, composition and application methods through the creation of a working reference journal. You will learn about historical and contemporary artists and discuss their approaches and the significance of their work. Participate in individual and group critiques to broaden and stimulate a personal practice.

College Prep for Canada – Developing College Savvy Students
This seminar will introduce students to the culture, study and life in Canada. You will learn Canadian etiquette to assist you in your cultural adaptation. Build your cultural etiquette for work and study in Canada. Learn about the Canadian education system, academic expectations, and study requirements to be successful students. Improve your global competency. Practice skills that will help you through your career and education including group work, written and oral communication.  

Field Trips

Opportunities will be available for students to participate in off-campus site visits in and outside of class time. Students will be responsible for these costs as they have not been included in the program fees. Field trips will take place on the weekends and shorter excursions may be coordinated in the morning before class. Chaperones will accompany students. Excursion options may include the following:

  • Eau Clair Market and Prince’s Island Park
  • Calgary Tower
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Heritage Park and Historical Museum
  • CF Chinook Centre
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity