Glazing in acrylics to create luminous colour with light and shadow

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Duration: Friday Jan 29th 9.30am - 5.30pm,

Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany | Scheduled Dates


A packed  workshop learning how to layer colours in acrylic to create luminosity within contrasting light and dark.

The use of strong contrasts between light and dark is known as chiarascuro.

Glazing is layering up transparent or semi-transparent colours to create brilliant luminous colours. For example, you could create a luminous orange with several layers of red, magenta and yellow. This creates far more depth of colour that direct painting, as the light shines through the layers and reflects back. The paint is mixed with a glaze medium instead of water, which suspends the colours and creates more light refraction.

In this workshop you will learn the traditional method of Grisaille painting where you layer your glazes onto a monochromatic underpainting. I love this technique. It is easy to learn and you can have so much fun experienting with colour once you have your underpainting sorted.


You will be painting two flying bird paintings. After a fun warm up in pastels  to familiarize you with flying birds , we paint the monochromatic underpainting for your bird paintings in burnt or raw umber, black and white.

We also experiment with glazing different colours onto monochromatic backgrounds, learning how to create  colour, depth and light, through layering transparent colours using a glaze medium.


You learn how to glaze onto your bird paintings with layered colour to create movement, depth and luminosity.

Traditional Glazing

Look here for a great article by Jonathon  Jansen on how Vermeer applied glazes.


It would help if you had some colour mixing experience but if not, and you are prepared to have fun and learn a huge amount, please come along and join us.



Early bird $195 by Jan 12th.

Book with a friend $190 each,

Includes prepared boards, paints, brushes, glaze medium and pastels and paper.

Morning and afternoon tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch or you can visit a nearby cafe. We are unable to share a lunch due to Covid restrictions.

Book with a $60 deposit 

Group size 5 -10






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