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Virtual Paint Party: Mountain Aurora

November 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


We’ll take brushes to canvas and practice self-care through art! Artist Ted Widen will be facilitating this workshop and will guide you through creating your own masterpiece step-by-step. All are welcome to participate- no previous art experience needed!

What You’ll Need:

  • Canvas or Board: The easiest and cheapest is a canvas “board.” The next best is a “wrapped” canvas. Recommended size: 12×16″ or 16×20
  • Brushes: The 3 sizes you need are “pointy,” “medium,” and “a bigger one.” The pointy one will be used for fine details. The medium one should be approximately 1 CM, or the size of your pinky fingernail. The bigger one will be used for the background where we will use broad strokes. Approximately 2 CM wide, or the width of your thumb knuckle.
  • Acrylic paints: We all need to use acrylic paints because they have the advantage of drying very quickly. In order for us all to proceed at the same pace, we need the same kind of paint. You do not need the exact colours that are shown.

The chosen scene requires only 3 colours, but 4 or 5 colours is an option:

  • White – To be used to blend with the other colours.
  • Green – The exact shade of green is not critical.
  • Black
  • Optional – If you want to add some red or blue to your aurora, I will be guiding you to include that option.
  • Old cloth, rag, or paper towel: You will get this wet and use it to clean your brushes (or a “happy little accident” blob of paint somewhere). It can be washed and reused, but it’s more likely destined for the trash.
  • Plate: You can likely safely use your dinner plates because acrylic paints soak off completely. Avoid paper plates or wood surfaces because the paints will soak in and be permanent. Disposable foam plates work well. You might want two of these because you might cover all of the first one when mixing paints.
  • Hair Dryer: You will use the hair dryer occasionally when we want to ensure that a layer of paint is dry before painting something new on top (such as the trees and snow).
  • Jar, glass or cup: You will need something to hold water so you can clean your brushes. It WILL get paint on it, but it will likely be easy to clean if you use glass, china, plastic, etc.

Recommended: Print the photo so you can have it to refer to as we paint. Or have it up on a separate screen for quick reference.

Questions? If you need clarification about any of the supplies, please contact Ted Widen.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 587-497-2262



November 24, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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