Supporting a creative community since 1981
The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove is an exciting learning institution for artists at any and all levels. Our organization specializes in a variety of mediums, including watercolours and acrylic to encaustic, photography, and many other techniques. Whether you want to take art lessons, enhance your art skills, or take some of the more advanced classes and workshops that we present, you will find everything here. Enjoy friendship and camaraderie with others that share the same interests or just simply become a patron of the arts. We bring extensive experience to every class and workshop, doing what we can to further your journey into the arts.
As a learning institution, we offer instruction in areas that will aid and guide anyone who wishes to pursue their art to a professional level. Art classes for seniors, students, and children. Summer art classes for the younger children as well as workshops on framing, creating a portfolio, managing your art, and the introduction of new art supplies. We maintain a library of art materials, books, videos, and DVDs can be borrowed by members.
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The traditional and most common support—material to which the paint is applied—for watercolor paintings is paper. Other supports include papyrus, bark papers, plastics, vellum, leather, fabric, wood and canvas. Watercolor paper is often made entirely or partially with cotton, which gives a good texture and minimizes distortion when wet. Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors. Watercolors can also be made opaque by adding Chinese white.
Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. Commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. The choice of oil imparts a range of properties to the oil paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying time. Certain differences, depending on the oil, are also visible in the sheen of the paints. An artist might use several different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired. The paints themselves also develop a particular consistency depending on the medium.
Acrylic painting techniques are different styles of manipulating and working with polymer-based acrylic paints. Acrylics differ from oil paints in that they have shorter drying times (as little as 10 minutes) and are soluble in water. These types of paint eliminate the need for turpentine and gesso, and can be applied directly onto canvas. Aside from painting with concentrated color paints, acrylics can also be watered down to a consistency that can be poured or used for glazes.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, is an ancient form of art that involves painting with melted beeswax coloured with pigments to create encaustic paint. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually a wood substrate. The encaustic mixture often contains damar resin, which hardens the wax and raises the melting temperature. Encaustic can be used with oil paint and has boundless mixed media applications. Encaustic paintings can become sculptural as textures and layers are built upon each other.
Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since Modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded, or cast.
Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. The subject matter can vary from a focus on landscape, animals, people, objects etc.
Modern photographic post processing allows the artist to futhure create with digital manipulation: adding, adjusting, subtracting, and many other creative steps until their final vision of art has been achieved.