What we teach

The techniques used at TC FineArts have been designed to give everyone, from total beginners, to experienced artists, tools to achieve their artistic goals. Developed over 30 years of artistic pursuit these techniques (we believe) are exclusive to our studio. For beginners they have proved to give results well above the students expectations, and for experienced artists, a new way of thinking about painting. Our teachings are based in realism, so drawing is at the core of our method. The technique is designed to give realistic  results and our materials are easier to use in this genre. Our methods are quite different, so beginners do significantly better on the whole - they take to the step by step instructions easily as they lack experience. Whereas more experienced students take a little time to adjust to something apparently radically different. Students pay for a 3 hour lesson once a week on a specific day, however if you are sick or miss classes due to unforeseen circumstances you can make up your 8 weeks of lessons on another day

To answer this question “What do you teach? Is it oils, acrylics watercolour pastel etc.
We teach all of these,  the TC method has proven to be the most efficient and successful way of giving a student the underlying principles of painting. So what is the TC method?

About the TC METHOD

The TC method is designed to give students a process that helps them to see. Seeing is the primary factor in learning to draw and paint .Drawing is the foundation on which and artwork is built so a large part of the method is to establish this underlying foundation .This  unique method  uses a mixture of mediums to achieve our realistic results. Mediums include pencil, charcoal, pastel paint and acrylic. An artwork should be able to be completed in a term (8 weeks) depending on size. The surface on which we paint is very important, beginners start on a heavy cold pressed paper (taped to a board) and progress to a finely crafted gessoed panel. Canvas is NOT usually used as it doesn’t have the property of easy erasing employed in the drawing stage. The process is very methodical and each step is clearly defined using a printed work sheet. Students work from printed images (photographs) so clear images are very important (see choosing images).