Intuitive Painting – Fall 6 Week Course

Course Outline

Intuitive Painting Course With Brianna Gosselin
@ the STUDIO | 302 Park St, Peterborough
Monday, September 18 – Monday, October 30  | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, September 19 – Tuesday, October 24 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  

Regular Admission: $240
Early Bird Admission: $200 (Register before September 7 and save $40)

A 6 week art course exploring the world of Intuitive Painting.

Learn the art of intuitive painting and exploring the process of creating rather than only being concerned with the finished product. We will be exploring how to approach the canvas, paint application, mark making, texture choice, warm vs cool colours, colour theory and layering.
Learn to listen to your intuition and trust in the creative process, discover what emerges between each layer of paint and bring out what comes naturally. To gain a better understanding of the techniques used with Intuitive Painting, we will go through the process of two different paintings as a group, step by step.
Weekly art journal activities will be assigned to allow our creative minds to continue working when not in the studio.
This course is suitable for all skill levels. Rather you have never attempted to paint before or you have a long history of painting.

Week 1
Introduction, materials and colours!
During our first class, we will go over all the materials we will be using during the course.
We will cover everything from different grades of paint, preferred paint brushes, mediums and paint markers. Please note you do not have to have all art supplies by the first class. If you have questions or are uncertain on what brand of paint to buy, we will be going over everything here.
Please make sure you do bring a canvas measuring 8” x 12” or larger, as we will be beginning our first project of the term. We will then explore the colour wheel and discuss the importance of colour theory when it comes to Intuitive Painting.
Begin our first painting: Tangible, followed by art journal homework.

Week 2
Group discussion on how homework of art journal activities went.
Continue working on and finish our group painting Tangible. Lesson and discussion on how to finish a painting and varnishing.
Art Journal Homework – Plus a reminder to bring a new canvas for next class.

Week 3
Group discussion on how homework of art journal activities went.
Begin working on our next group painting: Midnight Flight.
Art Journal Homework

Week 4
Group discussion on how homework of art journal activities went.
Begin working on and finish our group painting: Midnight Flight.
Lesson and discussion on how to finish a painting and varnishing.
Art Journal Homework – Plus a reminder to bring in a canvas for the following week.

Week 5
Group discussion on how homework of art journal
activities went.
Lesson and discussion on beginning our own pieces, remembering the layering process we have learned in previous classes. How to tell which direction our pieces will go and what to bring out in the painting and what to leave behind.
Art Journal Homework and reminder of class potluck for the following week.

Week 6 – Class Potluck
To celebrate a wonderful term of creating together, we will be celebrating with a class potluck and be going over different ways to stay inspired once we each go on our way.
Group discussion on how homework of art journal activities went.
Continue working on our paintings, some will be finishing up, others will most likely
wish to continue working on their pieces after the term.


Pre registration and payment is required to reserve your spot for this event.

Register now for the early bird special price of $200!

Payment can be made upon registration through this website by paypal, by sending an e-transfer to, cheque or cash.
Please note 24 hour notice is needed for a full refund due to cancellation prior to the first class.
Refunds will not be extended after the second week of classes.

To register online, please click on the course day and time that you prefer.

You will then be taken to the online registration page, where you will be asked to fill out an information form. Once completed, you will be prompted to payment, if you do not wish to pay with paypal you can skip this step.
I will still receive your registration form and will be in touch with you in regards to payment.

Payment can be made with paypal, cash, cheque, or by sending an e-transfer to

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate on sending me a message or by calling 705-931-0252.

Monday, September 18 – Monday, October 30  | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Tuesday, September 19 – Tuesday, October 24 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  

Materials List

Required Materials:

        • Acrylic Paint: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White AND a variety of any colours that speak to you, they can be vibrant, bold, or neutral. It is important to select colours you find inviting.
        • Brushes: Foam brushes (mod podge ones-these can be purchased at the dollar store) and a variety of brushes you prefer to use.
        • A Spray Bottle for Water (these can be purchased at the dollar store)
        • A variety of mark making tools you find interesting: sticks, hair clips, stamps, corks, string, stencils, comb, etc. (Not required for first class)
        • Canvases. During the first four classes, we will be working on two group paintings, with the last two classes being a painting you create from intuition. For the first class, please make sure you bring a canvas measuring 8” x 12” or larger.
        • A small notebook or journal. We will be exploring how to record daily findings that are inspirational to us and help us organize our thoughts. These art journals/notebooks are personal and you will not be required to show them to the class if you do not wish to.

Please ensure you have the above materials with you for the first class. If you are unsure of anything on this list or wondering which brand to buy, please feel free to send me an email. We will be covering materials and their uses during the first class, so please don’t panic if you are missing something on this list. I will have extra on hand for you to use during the first class if you are missing something, but you are required to bring your own supplies after the first class.
If you do not wish to purchase your own art supplies and wish to use the studios, you have the option to do such at the additional fee of $40 to the course price. This will entitle you to use the studio’s paint trays, brushes, acrylic glazing liquid, acrylic paints and stencils during class time. Students are required to purchase their own canvas and bring them to class.


The 6 week Intuitive Painting course will take place in my personal studio, which I share with two local designers in Peterborough, Ontario.
On the stairway leading up to the STUDIO, you will witness a beautiful wood cut design on the wall. This abstract piece is what captured my heart when I first came too look at this space. With its charming wooden floors and many windows, this cozy space is full of creativity which I can’t wait to share with you.
In addition, the studio offers..

        • Air conditioning
        • Comfortable seating for 8 (Please note there are only six spaces available in this course. This will ensure everyone receives one on one focus.)
        • Two working sinks
        • Coffee, water and a variety of herbal teas for your enjoyment
        • Parking on street in front of building


The studio is located at 302 Park St N.
Situated between Charlotte St and King St. The building is the Kevin Dunn accounting building, main entrance in front with the door on the left and just up the stairs.

Parking is available on the street (or if full in the lot next door. The dentist/chiropractor building).

Student Artwork

Examples of previous student’s artwork.

Photos of July Workshops in the STUDIO

A visual glimpse into June’s workshops at the STUDIO!

Thank you everyone for attending. I greatly appreciate everyone who comes out to join in on the creative fun and for the support.

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please head on over to the classes section to see what adventure awaits you!

A Special Commission for Trent University

In May, I was approached by Trent University  to create a large scale piece for their recently renovated student health centre. This mixed media piece was inspired by the serene landscape of the campus and its known association with nature, which has been a great influence in my work.
The Trent University campus has always been an inspiring environment to me. The way the unique architecture harmonizes with nature and to have a river flowing directly through the campus, its surreal. Its beautiful to see how we can embrace nature for all its beauty.
Over the duration of June, I worked layer by layer as this painting evolved, beginning to take a life all of its own on.

I invite you to take a look into the process of this piece and hope you enjoy.
I am extremely honoured and happy to of had this opportunity and for my piece to be established in its new home.

If you are interested in having a piece created for you, please send me a message to discuss what unique piece awaits you.

MPP Jeff Leal helped Trent University open its newly renovated health clinic Tuesday morning.

The Trent alumnus (Class of ’74) was on hand with Trent staff and students and members of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation and Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club, for a tour of the student health clinic, all as part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Take your MPP to Work initiative.

“I am thrilled to welcome our partners who funded some unique projects this year. As a result of their support, we are fulfilling our goals for an inclusive space that meet students’ clinical needs – but also helps them feel welcome,” stated Ruth Walker, manager of Student Health Services at Trent, in a release.

“When students arrive to Trent, many are accessing healthcare for the first time on their own. We want this to be a place where they feel comfortable asking for help.”

Two new features, based on the Student Wellness Centre’s Biopsychosocial model of care, were highlighted: an accessible barrier-free exam table, funded by the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundations; and therapeutic artwork, funded by the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club.

The Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, also known as Your Family Health Team Foundation, funded the barrier-free exam table.

“We are very pleased to be able to support Student Health Services at Trent,” stated Laura Kennedy, executive director, GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation. “A barrier free examination table is a basic need of every primary care clinic in order to ensure all patients can appropriately access the care they require.  The team at Trent Health Services has done an exceptional job of creating an inclusive, safe space and we are proud to be a partner of their patient circle of care.”

Financial support from the Peterborough Kawartha Rotary Club led to the creation of nature-based art pieces for the clinic. Artist Cherylanne James, an Anishinaabekwe from Rama First Nation, is creating two art pieces, while a large piece has been created for the waiting area by local artist Brianna Gosselin.

The Peterborough Examiner Article can be accessed here.



Thanksgiving Workshop Special

In honour of the first day of fall, you will be able to receive 10% off all thanksgiving workshops taking place on Saturday, October 1.
This special discount will automatically be added to your order upon completion of registration.

There is an exciting line up of youth and teen projects awaiting your child, I look forward to creating with them in the studio!








An evening of serenity

This past Friday night I had the pleasure of leading a wonderful group of ladies through an Intuitive Painting.
They gathered together to celebrate their dear friend’s birthday. It was wonderful to see everyone relax, laugh and create beautiful masterpieces!
Together we worked on each layer and witnessed our pieces slowly emerge as they took on a life of their own. Despite us all following the same steps, each painting had its own unique identity, which is a beautiful thing.

I was able to capture a few photos of the process and invite you to take a peak into this wonderful evening that was had.
If you are interested in hosting your own intuitive painting night or wishing to know more about teen and adult birthday parties, please send an email to


Honey’s Pumpkin Chilli


Fall is my favourite season. The air is crisp, allowing one to breath comfortably after a summer of humidity. Gardens are full of seasonal bounty and the colours are remarkable.

With the cooler evenings here, I love taking full advantage of being able to make cook without heating up an already hot kitchen.
During my last grocery trip I picked up a small cooking pumpkin, intent on using it for something special, but not knowing just exactly what that may be at the time. After a few days of mulling, I was inspired to make a seasonal chilli from scratch.


As most may already know, I have a hard time following the rules, the same is true when it comes to cooking. 😉 I look to recipes for inspiration (mostly just the visuals), but I thrive off cooking with no recipe to specifically follow. Most often, it turns out quite well.

To add even more flavour to your chilli, make sure to bbq your corn and pumpkin. The results will be worth it, trust me.



And always make sure you have some company in your kitchen if you can, makes the process all the more enjoyable. 😉
The recipe below is the result of some very delicious chilli. I hope you give it a try for yourself and enjoy!

Honey’s Pumpkin Chilli

– 1 Medium Cooking/Yellow Onion
– 3 Stalks of Celery
– 1 Large Carrot
– 5 Medium Mushrooms
– 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
– 2 Cobs of Corn
– 1 Small Pumpkin
– 1 Can of Black Beans
– 2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
– 1 tsp of Salt (+ more if desired)
– 2 tsp of Epicentre Chipotle Chile Spice
– 2 tsp of Freshly Ground Black Pepper

– 1 Small Jalepeno Diced
Epicentre Smoked Paprika
– 1 Small Jar of Tomato Paste

1. Before beginning to prep any of your vegetables, turn your bbq on for preheating. Bring the temp up high, then after a few minutes bring the temperature down to maintain a consistent temp of 400.
2. Cut your pumpkin in half, then proceed to do the same to those two pieces, resulting in having 4 pieces all together. Peel your corn. Using a kitchen brush, apply oil generously onto the corn and pumpkin pieces.
Leave your pumpkin and corn to cook on the bbq, ensuring the temperature is at 400 or below. Continue to check on your vegetables (to avoid having your food become burnt) as you being prep for the remaining ingredients.
3. Take a large stock pot, placing it on the stove and setting the temp to low-med. Drizzle some oil in the pot. As your oil begins to warm, take your cooking onion and dice up the item. Drop the pieces into the pot, sprinkle salt and pepper in with it.
4. Begin chopping up the remaining vegetables in the following sequence, adding each group to the pot before moving on to the next; mushrooms, celery, carrot, pepper. Ensure you use a wooden spoon after adding each ingredient to stir everything up. This will avoid your items from sticking to the pan and burning. Adjust the temp to a lower level if needed.
5. Don’t forget to check on your corn and pumpkin! Rotate these items on the bbq if you haven’t already, you may also need to add a bit more oil if they seem too dry.
6. Open your can of beans and tomatoes, adding both ingredients to the pot. Bring the pot to a higher temp (medium, 6/7) to bring to a boil.
7. Add your spices that your prefer. I used Chipotle Chile Spice from Epicentre. If you wish for something with a bit more heat and flavour, jalepenos and paprika make an excellent combination. This amount of spice and flavour added during this step is entirely up to you and your tastebuds.
8. By this time your corn and pumpkin should hopefully be cooked. Turn off the bbq and bring your items inside. Be cautious when it comes to adding these ingredients as they will be very warm to touch. Scrape out your pumpkin, mashing it with a fork and cut the corn off the cob then add both to your chilli. Don’t worry if your corn has a few “scorched bits”, it won’t ruin the flavour. If anything, I find it enhances it 😉
9. For a thicker chilli, stir in tomato paste if preferred. I skipped this bit and found the pumpkin made the chilli just the right texture.
10. Once all your ingredients are in your chilli and has reached a boiling point, bring it back down to low, allowing it to simmer for 30-4o minutes or whenever you are ready to eat.

If you happen to have leftovers, it is amazing the next day as the flavours become more intense overnight.
Ideal for eating on its own, served with rice or on pizza. Try garnishing with a bit of cheese/daiya and avocado for an even richer taste.

Please feel free to send in pics if you make this, I would love to see how it turns out.