Alla Prima Painting Acrylic and Gouache

Acrylics and Gouache
Tom Taylor
* March 8 - 29
* April 5 - 26
Wednesday Evenings, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
$120 per 4 week session

Tom Taylor teaches the fundamentals of good painting design in acrylics or gouache. Demonstrations of his techniques and approach to painting will inspire you to work in a more direct Alla Prima painting style.  In this class students will learn how to develop their paintings from thumbnail sketches using strong under-paintings to create dynamic and fresh paintings.  A perfect class to start your journey in painting, or to refine and strengthen your existing painting skills.

Tom Taylor

March 8 – 29



April 5 – 26



Please bring the following supplies to your first class — choose either Acrylics or Gouache:

Acrylic Supplies


  • Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Red, or Quinacridone Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Light, or Brilliant Red
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium, or Primary Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow, Hansa Yellow Light, or Bismuth Yellow Light
  • Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Prussian Blue, or Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, or Phthalo Blue Red Shade
  • White
  • Black or Payne’s Gray

Brushes: A variety of Natural Hog and Synthetic brushes. Variety of sizes (including at least one big brush, approximately 1”), and a range of round, flat, filbert, and angles brushes

Painting Surfaces: Canvas paper and/or watercolour paper for practice/studies, stretched canvas or mounted wood panel for paintings.

Mediums: Acrylic liquid and/or gel medium


  • Palette: Large with lots of mixing room, disposable palettes are fine
  • Palette knives
  • Rags and/or paper towels
  • Pencils/Charcoal
  • Sketchbook


Gouache Supplies

Surfaces:         Hot Press Watercolour Board or Illustration Board (approximately 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″)

Brushes:          Nimbus Flat Brushes: ¼”, ½”, ¾”  Nimbus Round Brushes: assorted sizes, Nimbus Angle Brushes: 3/8”, ½”, ¾”

Palette:           Plastic white tray or Canson disposable palette paper

Paint Colours:         Black (or Payne’s Grey), Titanium White, Yellow Light (or Medium), Phthalo Blue (or Cerulean), Magenta (or Red (Rose)

Optional Additional Colours:  (for best colour range) Burnt Umber,  Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue.

General Supplies: Water Cup, Paper Towels, Pencils (H and HB), Pencil Sharpener, Eraser, Low-tack Tape, Bulldog Clips.