Explore the Language of Colour!

This acrylic colour Masterclass workshop is for artists who have gained proficiency with acrylics and have an interest in further evolving their skills. Registration deadline: October 20, 2017.

Cost: $195
Offered through the City of St. Albert Masterclass Series

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.

Friday, October 27 | Introduction and Artist Talk

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

Date: October 27
Time: 7pm–9pm
Location: Art Gallery of St. Albert

Saturday, October 28 | Workshop Day 1

  • 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

Date: October 28
Time: 9am–3pm
Location: Painting Studio, St. Albert Place

Sunday, October 29 | Workshop Day 2

  • 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

Date: October 29
Time: 9am–3pm
Location: Painting Studio, St. Albert Place

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.

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.

Total Time

6 hours/class





Art Gallery of St. Albert, Painting Studio, St. Albert Place


Peter Ivens