Learn to Paint Horses with Alberta Artist Diane Williams

Offering private lessons
What you will learn in a 3.5 hour afternoon session:

  • A lesson on composition and placement of your subject on the canvas
  • A step by step presentation on Stages 1-4 (see photos) on how to layer your color . Starting from understanding how to paint a brilliant base layer to refinement of each stage and finally to special detail on one part of the painting.
  • Color mixing without black, brown or grey.
  • Learn expressive brush strokes.
  • Diane will guide you through the process from charcoal sketch to finished painting.
  • Horse paintings typically take two full three-hour sessions.
  • Open to all ages. No previous painting experience is necessary. Diane has taught high school grades 8-12 for over 30 years. From first time painters to building portfolios for post-secondary art including Advanced Placement Art (first year college).
  • Book Diane for a luminous tune-up of your skills or to simply learn to paint. Horses, Roosters, Flowers, and Favorite Pets are all wonderful subjects too!

Schedule a 2-3 hour intensive $100-$150 or ($50/hour) or bring a friend $70/hour for two.

Email, text or call Diane for more info: 587-899-0064


  • Canvas 16x20 with wrapped sides 1.5” deep.
  • Clear, close-up color digital photo of a plant , flower, face of a horse or other non -complex subject matter. The photo should have good structure or large shapes with not too much fussy detail. Bring your photo on a thumb drive so you can paint from my large computer screen or bring your lap top to paint the image from.
  • Acrylics
  • Basic colors - lemon yellow (Hanza or Azo ) cadmium orange, dioxazine purple, manganese blue or cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, magenta or quinacridone violet, permanent rose or quinacridone rose, Indian yellow and a large titanium white.
  • You are welcome to bring any other colors that you have except for brown, grey or black.
  • Brushes: 4, 8, 10 inch filbert (flat brush with a curved tip, I prefer the filberts).
  • Palette to mix on. I use a 16x20 Grey Matters paper palette. Swinton’s Art Supplies will give you 10% off all supplies if you are a student.
  • Willow Vine Charcoal for drawing the image onto the canvas. Buy the smallest in thickness.

Cost: $150 for 3 hours of private instruction. Or bring a friend, $200 for 2 people.
At the end of two sessions: you will have a luminous painting ready to give as a gift or to hang in a special place in your home, specific instructions on how to be able to paint full-spectrum paintings on your own.

Additional lessons: $50/hour private or $70/hour for two students.

*Ask about Tuesday morning group lessons.