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NEW DATE: Painting for Beginners (Acrylic)

Beginner’s Workshop to learn how to use acrylic or oil paint and avoid basic mistakes.

Mixing the Right Colour- Weekend Warrior Edition

NEW DATE: Beginner Acrylic Painting (2 days)

  • Friday February 23, 6-9pm
  • Saturday February 24, 1:30-4:30pm

Paint & Canvas Included - see supply list for details

Beginner’s Guide To Learning how to use acrylic paint and avoid making basic mistakes. You will get better results and feel in touch with your creative self. Holly will walk you through everything you need to know, from start to finish and show you how to have a blast along the way. These workshops are designed for the absolute beginner - the people who have always wanted to paint but never had the chance to try. These classes are also great for artists who already paint but would like to delve into a new medium.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Paints and the canvas are included in this class! Please review the supply list for brushes and other odds and ends.

SUPPLY LIST for Beginner Acrylic & Oil Painting Workshop

NOTE: Your paint, support (canvas or board) and palette are included! 

Bring the following:


Make sure to bring brushes that are new or are just slightly used. 

Please have all different sizes of flat brushes and round brushes. 

Hogs hair or synthetic brushes will work just fine. 

My favorite brands are:

For Acrylic • White Taklon, Princeton 6300, Interlon
For Oil • Princeton 6300 or H.J. blue handle brushes

  • Flat brushes Size #2, 4, 8, 10
  • Round brushes for blending (Brand: Eterna inexpensive brushes)
  • Size #2, #8
  • Small white taklon round #0 for details


  • Paint knife
  • Pencil / pen 
  • Sketch book / note pad for notes
  • Paper towel

Oil painters: Small glass jar for odourless mineral spirits (old jam jars are great) 

instructor holly mcwilliams

Holly attended ACAD majoring in sculpture and painting. She has been instructing at Swinton’s since 2000 with a focus towards providing an enjoyable, positive and inventive learning environment. Holly concentrates on painting inspired by tradition. Full Instructor Bio: HERE


  • Online Registration
  • In store: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB
  • By Phone: (403) 258-3500
  • Email: info@swintonsart.com

Beginner Acrylic Painting:

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