Details for "'40 Stroke' Painting Online Course"

This course is for those working in acrylics or oil media.

Thursday Jan 21 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sunday Jan 24 1 – 4pm
Thursday Jan 28 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sunday Jan 31 1-4pm

Lalita Hamill Still Life

Learn techniques to create a clean, expressive, confident painting and reduce the amount of ‘mucking about’.  Through a series of demos followed by exercises, Lalita will guide participants through 40-stroke studies that will inform participants on how to mix colour, create expressive, fresh marks, and design effective edges. Appropriate for all oil or acrylic mediums, and will be geared toward those with some painting experience. Although it is not required (and participants can use their own photo references), it will be to your advantage to transfer the provided image(s) onto a canvas as described below. 

Prior to day 1 (recommended) Choose one of the images provided and transfer each line drawing, same size, onto a canvas. Please do not paint anything onto the canvases other than gesso. This is so we can get right to painting.


Difficulty level: All levels, though some painting experience is recommended


Biography: Lalita is a sought-after instructor and juror with over 30 years teaching experience. She was classically trained at the Vancouver Academy of Art, and specializes in contemporary realism. She is a Signature member of the FCA and an Associate member of Oil Painters of America. Visit Lalita Hamill Studio

 Supply List: 

The brushes, paints, solvents, etc that you already own (no need to buy anything new)

Palette – if your palette is smaller than 12”x16”, you may need two – one for laying out paints and the other for mixing colour.

Brushes – the more, the better. Please use what you have, and ensure some are new enough that they will leave a clear mark.

Colours: please have available 1 white, 3 yellow, 2 red, 2 blue, 1 umber (raw or burnt) & 1 black

Substrate: Canvas is preferable, and enough canvas to complete two small (8” x 10” or 11”x14”) studies, and a few exercises, which could be in the form of:

-       Loose gessoed canvas (rolled, and can cut to size in class), or

-       Stretched canvas

-       Canvas boards (please add another 2 coats of gesso to be dry before class)

Lalita Hamill PortraitLarge canvases on which you will ‘tape off’ smaller areas to do studies & exercises.

*Please do not paint anything onto the canvas (other than gesso) before class.  

Paper towels, small palette knife, Table easel 

Digital camera (optional)


For acrylic painters: 

Golden acrylic glazing medium is recommended (either gloss or satin) and  


Containers for holding water 

Cost & Status

  • CAN$175.00
  • CAN$160.00 with Member Workshop $15 Discount
Spots Available:
4 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2020-11-15 00:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2021-01-22 23:59:00
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Gallery 1710

Located just off Highway 17A:
1710 56th Street
Tsawwassen, BC


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 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 4pm