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Acrylic Colour Workshop

Acrylic Colour Workshop

October 27 – 29, 2017
St. Albert Place Visual Arts Studios  |   5 St. Anne Street   St. Albert, AB

INSTRUCTOR: Peter Ivens  •

$195   *Fee includes →
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Course Code:
Registration deadline: October 20, 2017
Maximum 12 participants
Skill Level:
Artists who have gained proficiency with acrylics and have interest in further evolving their skills.

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Explore the Language of Colour!

Colour is the single most expressive element in the painter’s vocabulary. Increasing that vocabulary and building a personal library of colour through the development of a colour journal while exploring hands-on technique and demonstrations is the goal of this two-day workshop with Peter Ivens.

Participants will engage in one or more colour-related projects that will stimulate other ways of interpreting and understanding paint and colour. Using an open-handed approach to employ a broad range of possibilities of acrylic colour, participants will balance colour theory exercises with an intuitive exploration of paint handling and tools.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in open critique and discussion, work outside of their comfort zones, and have fun! The workshop begins with a Friday night lecture and display of Peter’s work on location in the Art Gallery of St. Albert.

Workshop Outline

Friday, October 27, 2017  •  7 PM – 9PM
Art Gallery of St. Albert

  • Lecture and display of Peter’s work
  • Intro to the workshop and reference materials

Saturday, October 28, 2017  •  9 AM – 3 PM
St. Albert Place Painting Studio

  • Start a colour journal
  • Investigate the formal properties of colour relationships and understanding and mixing of colour through exercises using acrylic paint and mediums
  • Exploration of some of the ‘newer’ acrylic colours

Sunday, October 29, 2017  •  9 AM – 3 PM
St. Albert Place Painting Studio

  • Individual exploration and direction using some of the concepts introduced on Saturday
  • Focus on discovery and exploiting a number of techniques in manipulating acrylics to find different ways of producing colours, tints, shades while gaining a heightened awareness to the principles and possibilities of colour in painting.
  • Engage in one or more colour related projects that will stimulate other ways of interpreting and understanding paint and colour.
  • Memory painting, automatic painting, patterns, and abstraction will be some of the topics to be chosen from for participants to explore

A variety of tools beyond the traditional brush will be used to make artwork: experiment with palette knives, scrapers, sponges, sprayers, squirt bottles,  combs, etc. and employ a multitude of mark making techniques. Watercolour effects, glazing, impasto, overpainting, reductive/additive principles, etc. will also be demonstrated.

* Fee includes:

  • Friday night Artist's talk, taking place at the Art Gallery of St. Albert
  • Registration and catering**
  • A supply list will be provided upon registration

**Registrants must notify us of any dietary requirements/allergies

About the Artist

Peter Ivens is a practicing artist with over 30 years' experience. He is a BFA graduate from the University of Alberta and has worked as an illustrator, designer and art instructor.

A session at the respected Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop in 1982 encouraged him to paint full-time. His evocative landscapes have been exhibited throughout western Canada. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts holds his artwork in their collection, as do numerous corporate and private patrons. Peter Ivens lives in Calgary, Alberta.


  • By phone: 780-459-1585
  • In person: 
    –Community and Protective Services Office  |  St. Albert Place
    –Fountain Park Pool
    –Servus Place

*In the event that you must withdraw or change your program registration, you can do so up to 48 hours prior to the program start (full refund minus a $5 administration fee). There are no refunds once your program begins.

Last edited: May 27, 2018

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