Painting with


Peggy. . .

and other Wonderful Artists at the


Volcano Art Center


Bring an idea and a photo for reference. Making it meaningful to you makes art that matters!


Material list





in class 


Peggy Stanton leads an ongoing series of Acrylic Painting Workshops for artists of all levels. Each three hour class, is a hands on painting session where participants learn to approach their painting process with a new awareness and understanding of color dynamics and composition.


Peggy helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision with bold colors. With important tips on Acrylic Paints and Mediums, artists create a painting on canvas using an expressive and intuitive process. And she guides artists on “painterly” ways to put on the finishing stokes. 


Get the results that you want from Acrylics, and together with Margaret (Peggy) Stanton and other artists, get inspired to do your best work ever! 



We will set start and finish our paintings during  this fun and informative three hour session.

Start with a 16 x 20 canvas or so. We will paint a colorful underpainting, then Peggy will show you how to create the perfect pallet to work with.


 Ten point list of what to bring including a list of colors.


Please contact Peggy at if you have questions.


1. Bring your Acrylic Paints. ( If you are buying new paints try the Soft Acrylics. Soft Acrylics have as much pigment as heavy body acrylics, they mix easily and they can be thicken up with Clear medium when needed) While Painting with Peggy you will learn about colors; their properties and their complimentary counter parts. Below is a list of colors that you can use. Please get professional grade paints. 


Primary (best to have) Colors:

Ultramarine Blue

Alizarine Crimson (Red)

Cadmium Yellow light

Titanium White


Secondary (good to have) Colors: 

Viridian or Thalo Green

Dioxazine Purple 

Burnt Umber


Choose more colors as you go. Here are some colors with descriptions:

Phthalo Blue - transparent blue-green

Magenta - transparent, between D.Purple and Ult. Blue 

Acra Gold - transparent “dark” yellow

Naphthol Red Light - transparent light red

Quinacridone Crimson - transparent red, rosy glazing

Cadmium Orange - secondary, compliment to Ultramarine Blue

Hooker's Green Deep Hue - Dark green-yellow

Quinacridone Burnt Orange - Transparent red-orange

Cadmium Yellow Medium 

Green Gold - transparent 

Mixing White - good to have for mixing medium values and other stuff

Unbleached White - good for warm whites and warm nudging of colors


2. Acrylic Matt Medium ( clear, runny)


3. Canvas of your choice (stretched canvas or canvas pad - any size, I like 16 x 20 or larger)


4. Large Jar for water (plastic or glass, the larger the better)


5. Pallet of your choice ( styrafoam plates or egg cartons work well)


6. Paper Towels


7. Easel


8. Chair we have, but bring one that you like if you want to.


9. Please think about a place or a subject that is meaningful to you, and bring a picture of it to refer to as you create your painting with Peggy.


10. Drinks and snacks


Arrive a little early to get set up, because right away everyone will coat their canvas with an underpainting. While it dries, Peggy will guide us in setting up the perfect pallet of colors and give instructions on how to develop your painting with great color harmony and value.


Personal instruction is available during this three hour class and painting session. Any painting that you are having trouble with, feel free to bring to the class. Peggy will help you to recognize it’s strengths and provide tips on how to put on the final touches.


Together as a group we will learn how to create your next best masterpiece, inspire each other to try new things with a better understanding of color and composition and encourage those who want to exhibit their art in shows and on the web.


There will be answers to questions like:

How do I plan a big painting?

How does perspective work?

what is Color Harmony?

Why is an under painting important?

What are finishing strokes?

Why is Mat Medium important?

How can I create good habits for painting to become more prolific?

What is Impressionism and Expressionism?

How do I know that I am an Artist?


Join us for Painting with Peggy at the Volcano Art Center


Visit Volcano Art Center's website to sign up.

Three Hour Class $20 discount for members
















Classes began this Fall and here's your chance to see all the Hand Outs!

Full of pictures and information, these pages will inspire you.

New pages are being added with each new Acrylic Painting Class

Selected Mondays of each month at the Volcano Art Center. 

Class Handouts Begining with

Choose Your Subject

Bring a canvas and your painting supplies to class at the Nuialani Center in Volcano Village. Try to come early to set your self up in the room and talk to me about what you want to paint. Bring your reference. We have tables and chairs, it's a nice, comfortable room, but bring your own easel and double check that you have a pallet, jar for water and paper towels. 


Sometimes you can find something in the class as a reference when choosing what to paint including, Fine Art Books, Still Life, Dreamscapes, and Live Model.


First thing we talk about in Painting with Peggy is

Color Compliments. It's useful when thinking about what to squirt out onto your pallet as you begin to paint.

Get Luminous Color by using transparent pigment and Matt Medium (which is clear). Georgia O'Keefe used transparent and opaque colors on the full light and half light areas of each shape, then mixed in some of the complimentary color for the shadows.

Learn to use your entire canvas by thinking about the Composition of your painting. And don't forget about Perspective. Even a hint of perspective in your painting can help add depth and a sence of reality to even the loosest and most expressionistic painting. 

Get inspired by one of the great Impressionists, Mary Cassatt. She used great perspective and strong shapes to use up every bit of her canvas!

Doing an Acrylic Painting can be thought of as creating several "passes". The Underpainting is one of them! This can be a good way to tone the canvas with Transparent, Luminous Pigment and Matt Medium. In my Banana Painting below I choose to paint a yellow and orange detailed underpainting, the yellow to support the lightest areas of the yellow/green and the orange to be the complimentary color under the blue colors and peeking out of the shadows. 

This is Just the Beginning!

Discover what you can do with your own creativity! 

New classes every month, Painting with Peggy at the Volcano Art Center. Check back here for new Painting Pages and visit for class schedules and signing up.

$20-$15 members.