Create Your Own Studio Work – From Drawing to Painting

Create your own studio painting and take your work to the next level under the guidance of contemporary Canadian Artist Dominik Modlinski.

Instructor: Dominik Modlinski
Fine Art Painters
For Stage(s):
Aspiring, Emerging
Mediums: Oil & Acrylic

Not sure what stage you are? Visit our How It Works page for details.

Starts on April 15, 2023
Apr. 15 | Apr. 16
2 sessions, 8 hrs each, for two days in a row
10am – 5pm MST


Note: Price in $CAD

36 in stock

SKU: TcA-0071-ENG-P Category:
Course Description

Create your own studio painting and take your work to the next level under the guidance of contemporary Canadian Artist and mentor Dominik Modlinski in this 2-day live Zoom class.

This workshop is intended to hone students’ painting skills and expand their creative language. Emphasis will be on risk-taking, abstract design, and mark-making – all three necessary components to take one’s work to the next level and create your unique creative signature.

  • Unlock true creative potential.
  • Open up the possibility for a purer, honest, and unique brushwork
  • Establish a narrative symbolism in a painting.

Expert instruction from Dominik will encourage you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs.

The dynamic power of composition and color will be the beginning of this adventure. Working from provided photos, we will create few drawing thumbnail sketches focusing on key areas including light and dark values, edges and lines as a warm-up to composing a dynamic composition.

Moving on to decide which “thumbnail” to use will be a start of the concept development, then progressing on to compose the subject in a larger drawing, working out further ideas and individual details. Once the familiarity with the subject matter will be achieved, we will begin painting on large canvas or panel.

Composition, drawing, value, colour theory, and contour treatment will be constantly emphasized as we are progressing into the painting. Individual attention and short critiques will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm!

Demonstrations will be in oil but acrylic is welcome!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity as Dominik takes you along of the beaten path to paint true Canadian wilderness! This class will be delivered via video conference Zoom app. Please make sure you download the app prior the time of the workshop and that you are familiar with its functions. As a participant you will require camera and microphone – enabled computer, laptop or smartphone. Once you register, material list and zoom link will be sent to your email in advance. If you are new to the app please open the link 30 min. prior the starting time so you have time to make sure everything works properly.

After the workshop, Painting Class video recap will be emailed to you

Supply List

Form Summary

  • Newsprint pad 18” x 24”
  • Black Conté stick or charcol
  • Red Conte pencil
  • Drawing board to clip your newsprint pad on
  • Two metal clips to hold your drawings in place

Also, you can use any large sketch book you have at home.

Please bring your favorite group of colours.

My suggestion for pigments selection is as follows:

Naples Yellow, Cadmium yellow lemon, Cadmium yellow deep, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Deep, Quinacridone Red, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Burt Sienna, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Phthalo Green blue, Phthalo Green yellow, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Dioxazine Violet.

If you don’t have all those pigments, please do not worry. But make sure you have at least those 3 specific pigments.

  • Cadmium yellow lemon
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Phthalo Blue green shade
  • Titanium white

If you can, use professional quality paints for colour quality and intensity.


Size variation of:

  • Bristle filbert
  • Flat brushes
  • Round bristle brush
  • Palette knife

For Oil: Walnut oil ( non toxic )
Galkyd Light medium by Gamblin

For brush cleaning indoors – nontoxic TURPENOID or similar nontoxic thinners such as GAMSOL

For acrylic: Polymer medium

Painting surface:

  • Canvas
  • Wood panel
  • Hardboard

Form Summary
I recommend: 18 “x 24”, 24” x 30” or similar in size.

A canvas size that you feel comfortable to complete in day and half Primed painting service with acrylic gesso.

Palette: (you can choose one of the following)

  • Disposable wax palette 12” x 16”
  • Glass 12” x 16” or bigger
  • Plastic palette
  • Paper towels
  • Conteiners for oil mediums and acrylic medium.
  • Conteiners for mineral spirit and water
  • Easel
  • Exacto Knife.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Easel for your painting and drawing board
Instructor Bio

Domink Modlinski was born in 1970 in Warsaw, Poland. From an early age he studied printmaking and later attended the School for Artistic Crafts and Design in Warsaw. In 1987 he immigrated to Canada and studied Fine Arts at Ontario College of Art in Toronto, where he graduated with honours. Dominik’s painting journeys are a wilderness experience based upon weeks of traveling rugged and barren lands to capture in plein air style the majesty of nature. At the heart of his travels is a quest to discover and depict the inherent balance and truthfulness found in nature. Dominik enjoys the physical challenge of painting in such remote location entails. It’s also an opportunity to visually celebrate a unique ecosystem. For this artist, celebration of Nature is really at the heart of his work.

Dominik’s northern travels have inspired him to explore further and visit many of earth last remaining wilderness areas. Some of the most extreme painting expeditions took him across continents and hemispheres such as Antarctica, High Arctic, Greenland, Patagonia, into the wilds of Namibia, South Africa, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. As we witness disappearance of wilderness around the globe, Modlinski’s quest is to portray a need to preserve the beauty of our planet and inspire people to do so through his paintings, photographs, stories and videos.

His other passion is martial arts which studied for 35 years and currently holds 6th degree black belt in Karate. Dominik currently he lives and paints in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island.

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