Experimental Painting Approaches
Led by Kirk Sutherland, an experimental colourist who specializes in painting, this course invites students to explore experimental painting approaches inspired by modernism and contemporary methods and practices. Over the span of 8 weeks, students will be encouraged to experiment with varied materials and techniques while working towards expanding their painting practice. For those who wish to create more expressive mark making, gesture or looseness in their artistic practice, students will be guided and prompted to be open to the spontaneous nature of creating and responding to what is in front of them while examining the effects of colour, line, weight, scale, composition, pattern and texture. Through demonstrations and guided projects, this course will provide students with knowledge, practice and nourish the ability to create expressive works that taps into their creative voice in capturing emotional and compositionally compelling pieces.
Paint Colours (in oil or acrylic): Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Middle, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Middle, Cadmium Lemon (recommended brands: Winsor and Newton, Gamblin, Natural Pigments, Old Holland, Williamsburg)
For Oils only: Gamblin Refined Linseed Oil (4oz), Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel (37 ml), M. Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium (4oz)
For Acrylic only: Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder, Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish
Gessoed Masonite, Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panels or Oil Paper
Above Ground White Taklon LH Brush Set of 5 (or equivalent)*
Above Ground Red Teijin LH Brush Set of 5 (or equivalent)*
Please feel free to bring a wide variety of bristle and soft brushes that you have or that you like to use – many different brushes can accomplish the same task. Above are good starter kits.
Sketchbook (any size) for sketching and composing
Rag or roll of paper towel
For this in-person course, you are expected to bring all necessary materials detailed in the materials section specific to the course.
Please feel free to bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the class. Avenue Road Arts School works in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
Although masks are not mandated at this time, we strongly encourage students to wear a mask in situations where social distancing becomes not possible.
To enter the building of The Centre for Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4, you will be provided with a key code in the case that the building’s front door is locked. This information will be provided to you closer to the start date of the course.
Kirk Sutherland is a Toronto-based Canadian artist. He has exhibited his work under the representation of many art galleries internationally over the last 30 years. Many of his pieces are included in both private and corporate collections globally.
Sutherland graduated with high-honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) in 1991, majoring in Contemporary Art and Drawing and Painting from the Faculty of Experiential Arts.
While at OCAD Sutherland studied under Canadian 20th century masters Graham Coughtry, Robert Hedrick, Paul Sloggett and Daniel Solomon as well as studyingcolour theory with internationally revered colourist and theorist Francois Thepot.
Kirk Sutherland is a renowned colourist who was born with synesthesia. This blending of senses very much enhances his perception of colour and his overall creative process.
Sutherland is also known for working with the Hollywood Film Industry, creating and designing public art in urban environments and working with the music industry creating album cover designs.
Kirk Sutherland is ateacher, educator and lecturer. With a wide and profound knowledge of classical and contemporary art history, Sutherland has taught a myriad of studio and theoretical course for over 20 years.