The Painter’s Survival Guide with Emily Joyce

5–6 November 2022
10–5 pm daily

All about Acrylics and Colour (for adults)

$150, $135 for members
Materials are included; however, participants are welcome to bring their own brushes and additional paints.


Bursaries are full.

During this comprehensive two-day workshop participants dive deep into the world of acrylics, acrylic mediums and colour mixing.

This workshop provides participants with the knowledge they need to take full advantage of different contemporary acrylic mediums, increase their artist material literacy and understand how to improve their studio practice to better care for their acrylic paintings. Explore acrylic paints and contemporary painting mediums in-depth, discuss their functions and applications, and focus on colour mixing and palette creation with acrylics to expertly include colour in your work.
Experiment with the materials and processes discussed during the workshop, and build, stretch, prime and develop one acrylic painting on canvas with a curated colour palette using the knowledge gathered in the class.

This program and the bursaries are made possible by the Rita Friendly Kaufman Fund and Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.


Emily is an artist and paintings conservator, based in Toronto, Ontario. Through her studies, she has come to better understand the functions of art materials and how to change her painting processes to increase the longevity of her work, inspiring her to develop this course for fellow painters.

She is a recent graduate of the Master’s of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University, specializing in the treatment of oil and acrylic easel paintings. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) with a minor in Art History, also at Queen’s University. For her BFA thesis, she specialized in oil painting, studying the techniques and materials of Master painters such as Caravaggio, Bosch and Rembrandt. In 2018 she completed a certificate in Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Restoration techniques through San Gemini Preservation Studies in Italy, where she learned about the science of art materials.

Portrait of Emily Joyce painting a large canvas. She is wearing black and is turned to the side with the paint brush in her left hand.

Portrait of Emily Joyce

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