Art Educator Workshop: Contemporary Painting Methods (Online)

This workshop is designed for art educators that are looking to step deeper into the painting process and venture into a naturalistic way of painting, while acquiring curriculum ideas for the classroom. Discover how applicable the traditional methods of painting are in the contemporary art world and redefine what painting is today by pushing the limits of the artist and their tools. This workshop will explore various traditional and non-traditional media. In addition to painting focused assignments, educators will be exposed to various painting styles and histories through instructor demos and discussions. The workshop will introduce terms commonly used to discuss art and learn the value of group critique. The week-long workshop will inspire further development of one’s own painting practice. At the end of the course, educators will be able to apply what they have learned to their curriculum. Class time will be split between presentations, dialogue and studio time. / This class will have a one-hour lunch break each day. / Graduate credit is available. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will be synchronous, meaning students will meet together online. Class meetings will be conducted via Google Meet and will include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, work time, critiques, and time to ask questions and share resources. The Instructor will have office hours throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Previous drawing or painting experience. Students will need an easel or large space to work.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies for the first class: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; 6 colors of Golden Acrylics or Gamblin 1980 Oil paint (titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red, raw umber, cadmium orange, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, naples yellow); filbert brushes for oil and acrylics (any brand): sizes 2, 4, 6, 10, 12; disposable pallet (9 x 12”); 4 canvas boards (9 x 12”); The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver; palette knife (3/4 x 2-⅛”); paper towels. Supplies will cost approximately $75. Optional supplies: Crayon colored pencils; ballpoint pen; vine soft charcoal; kneaded eraser; X-acto knife; Frog Tape; painters tape; graphite pencils (2B, 4B, 6B).

Art Educator Workshops are not eligible for the early or multiple class registration discounts. 

Register Before: July 7
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

AEW 6021 02 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, July 12, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, July 16, 2021
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Art Educators
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Art Educator Workshops
Drawing and Painting
Online Classes
Previous drawing or painting experience. Students will need an easel or large space to work.