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Weekly online classes for 1 month with a Professional Artist


Max 20 seats available

Automatic 15% OFF for LUmembers

Starts November 1, 2021

Mondays @ 6pm – 7pm MDT / 8pm – 9pm ET

Runs for 4 weeks

By the end of this course, YOU will be able to…

At the end of this class, students will have learned a variety of techniques in acrylic painting and mixed media and will be able to develop their own process for creating mixed media paintings.

Students will be guided through the process of creating textures and patterns, doing collage, creating layers of different media, using stencils, stamps, water-soluble pencils, charcoal, pastels more.

Meet online for 1-hr every week

for 4 weeks via video conference

Practice-based homework

and accountability

4 Weeks


Week 1– collage and paint

  • Paper – different kinds
  • Collage background
  • Collage as the main element of the painting
  • Creating your own papers

Week 2 – incorporating mixed media

  • Spray painting
  • Alcohol
  • Crackling medium
  • Charcoal / pastels
  • Water-soluble pencils
  • Sealing between layers

Week 3 – adding texture

  • Modeling paste, gel medium
  • Pallet knife vs brush
  • Stamping
  • Stencils
  • Removing paint – wet and dry
  • Using sponges

Week 4 – intro to printing

  • Gelli prints
  • Styrofoam – scratched
  • Plants and leaves
  • Plastic wrap – paper and plastic
  • Other materials: string, cardboard, doilies, etc.


Starts September 9, 2021
Mondays @ 6pm – 7pm MT
Runs for 4 weeks
Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 22


Max 20 seats available.

Meet Your Instructor


Ana Zanella

I am Ana, a painter and mixed media artist in Calgary. I have been making art and pursuing creative endeavours most of my life. Beautiful and powerful art has always been my passion.

I work mostly with acrylic paints on canvas, but I love exploring how different mediums can be incorporated into my work: inks, watercolours, printing, image transfers, drawing, sewing and crocheted pieces. I focus on abstraction in art and love colours, patterns and texture. I paint abstract expressive portraits that show or obscure the duality of life – sadness and joy, soft and rough, loud and quiet, calm and angry.

My art has been displayed on several group shows throughout Calgary.
I believe that with art we can express our feelings and help people discover theirs. Art should be accessible to all people. Art is a way to bring people together.

Artwork by Ana Zanella
Artwork by Ana Zanella
Artwork by Ana Zanella

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LUessentials Class?

LUessentials Classes help artists learn fundamental skills. They are focused classes each led by a Professional Artist.

Classes take place weekly for 4 weeks. Each session is 1 hour long, live and in-person over Zoom videoconference.

Who are Luessentials for?

LUessentials are for artists at all levels who want to learn the foundations of the craft.

What is the format of the LUessentials Classes?

LUessentials Classes are:

  • 1 hour long
  • Meet at the same time, weekly, for 4 weeks in a row
  • Meet over Zoom
Are the LUessentials Classes recorded?

To ensure the safety of our community, we record all videocalls. However, these recordings are NOT available to participants in LUessentials Classes.

We believe that interacting with other artists is essential to an artist’s growth, and so we’ve made LU incredibly accessible via videocall. We want you to attend each of your classes in-person.


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