Feb 25 Apr 1 '21

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ages 14 and up
Learn the art of acrylic painting, including colour theory, shading, ways to describe space, use of light, composition, and the particularities of painting with acrylics. A basic knowledge of drawing or painting is recommended.

Classes are held over Zoom and are approximately 1.5-2 hours in length depending on the lesson for that week. Zoom classes are recorded for any students that aren’t able to participate live.

Topics covered include:

  • Drawing – (vanishing point, perspective, depth, shadow)
  • Brush techniques and materials
  • Creating a monochromatic still life painting
  • Creating an analogous still life painting
  • Painting from a photo reference

Students can choose to use their own supplies, or purchase a supply kit from the WAG.  Kits can be picked up at the WAG Studio by appointment, or have it delivered to their home (within Winnipeg) for an additional $10. 


  • Included in kit:

    • Drawing paper (2 sheets, 16×20”)
    • Canvas paper pad (10 sheets, 16×20”)
    • Brushes
      • 1-Assorted package of diverse sizes (flat, bright, filbert and round)
      • 2” Flat
    • Palette
    • Palette knife
    • Green painters tape
    • Pencil/eraser
    • Pencil sharpener
    • Acrylic paint (colours are suggested, but do not need to be exact)
      • Titanium white
      • Cadmium yellow medium
      • Cadmium yellow light or Lemon
      • Cadmium red deep
      • Dark magenta or Quinacridone
      • Phthalo blue
      • Ultramarine blue
      • Green
      • Brown
      • Black

    Not included in kit but recommended:

    • Plastic sheet to cover painting surface
    • Recycled plastic container for water
    • Rag


Michel Saint Hilaire

Michel Saint Hilaire is a Franco-Manitoban, multimedia artist, who began his career working mostly with pencil. From there he’s continued to explore new ways of conveying powerful human experiences through a variety of mediums, producing sculptures, acrylic and oil paintings, and murals. He often challenges himself to expand on the concept of a canvas, using found items and unexpected materials.

Michel’s experimental approach to mediums, along with an improvisational style and contemporary aesthetic create bold statements that have their roots in nature, with unexpected contrasts to architectural, man-made and pop imagery. The influence of music and the mathematical precision of tempo on his art can be seen in the vivid motion and strong geometric shapes found in many of his pieces.

Michel has had solo and group exhibitions in diverse cities in several commercial galleries in Western and Central Canada, including recent exhibitions in The Muse Gallery in Kenora, Ontario and Centre Culturel Franco-Manitoban Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

His paintings are part of various collections; private and corporate, including the Province of Manitoba, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro. Michel is also a prolific mural artist. His work can be seen on many streets and iconic Winnipeg buildings.

Michel brings his passion for artistic discovery together with almost two decades of teaching experience for the WAG, inspiring others to build on their own aesthetic and expand their vision of the world.

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