Celebrate our 41st Anniversary

Fundraising Event for SickKids Foundation

How it works: Click the button below to add the $5 donation to your cart. Then stock up on the art supplies you need. Your 20% discount will be applied at checkout. Want to leave a message or get creative? Visit us in-store to contribute to our wall of palettes customized by generous artists like you!
What does it do: We are fundraising for SickKids so they can: – Diagnose Faster: A quicker answer to “what’s wrong?” – Treat Smarter: Knowing the right way to make it better. – Predict Better: Being able to fight against your child’s illness, by knowing what’s coming. Maybe even stopping illness before it strikes.

*20% discount only applicable on orders that include the $5 donation to SickKids Foundation. Discount cannot be combined with additional discounts, promotions, or coupons. A maximum of one 20% discount can be applied per order, regardless of the donation amount. No rain checks, holds or special orders. Discount cannot be used to purchase Gift Cards or E-Gift Cards. In stock items only. Not retroactively applicable to past purchases. Fundraising event ends on July 27th at 10 pm EST.

Past Zoom Demos

MaimeriBlu Watercolour Demo Table with Kelly Baskin

Experience the exceptional purity and lightfastness firsthand with Kelly Baskin

Local artist Kelly Baskin will be in-store from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday to show you the benefits of MaimeriBlu watercolours. It is a great opportunity to chat and ask all your watercolour questions! Enter our special in-store raffle to win an Introductory Set of 5 tubes.

MaimeriBlu Watercolour Demo with Kelly Baskin

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Friday, April 26th at 2 pm EST

Join Kelly for an informative demonstration where you will be provided with all the tools you need to paint with confidence!

She will open the demo with an introduction to watercolours where she will discuss various watercolour techniques, the importance of using quality products, differences between student grade and artist grade materials, how to paint using a limited palette, how to mix with single pigment colours, mastering watercolour paint consistencies, choosing your brush fibers, and much more!

After you have this valuable background knowledge, Kelly will lead a project-based demonstration where you can practice what you have learned.

This is a wonderful demonstration for artists of all skill levels.

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About the Artist

Kelly Baskin is a Professional Artist based out of Toronto, ON. Baskin graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History from Queen’s University. She is currently working as the Fine Art Educator and Professional Artist for the FILA Group- Dixon Ticonderoga ART ULC, representing some of the world’s leading Fine Art brands including Canson, Strathmore, Arches, Saunders, Bockingford, Daler-Rowney, Princeton and Maimeri.

See and follow her work on: Instagram: @artbykellybaskin – Website: www.kellybaskin.studio

Gamblin Oil Paint Demo with Mary Tevlin

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Friday, April 5th at 2 pm EST

In this casual Virtual Workshop, we will discover, select, and master the materials that are best suited to each of our own artistic intentions. Mary will review and demonstrate the items from the Gamblin Oil Painting Must Haves Set, which boasts having everything you need to start painting, clean-up and varnish your finished work! 

Mary will also help us in learning how to build our own personal palette of colours through simple colour mixing practices, while sharing some fascinating information about how some of the oil colours are crafted.

Liquitex Acrylic Gouache Demo with Veronica Herrera

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Friday, March 22nd at 2 pm EST

Join Veronica Herrera as she demonstrates the versatility of Liquitex Acrylic Gouache. Follow her step-by-step demonstration and paint an abstract painting with fluorescent Liquitex Acrylic Gouache colours. Veronica will also share useful information about lightfastness and differences between pigments and dyes to help you navigate your own palette choices.

If you love a matt finish gouache with the fluidity, opacity, and permanence of acrylic, this is the demo for you!

Use coupon code LIQUITEX15 to save 15% off on Liquitex Acrylic Gouache and Liquitex Recycled Canvases. Coupon valid in-store and online until March 29th (at 10 pm EST online). Conditions apply.

Materials used

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About the Artist

Veronica Herrera was born in San Antonio, Texas and now lives in Denver where she is a Professor of Fine Art at the University of Colorado Denver. She earned her B.F.A in drawing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She continued her education at the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned her M.F.A in painting and drawing. She has exhibited in notable spaces such as the Museo de las Americas, the Arvada Center for the Arts, CU Museum of Natural History and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

See and follow her work on instagram: @veronicaherrera791

Liquitex Acrylic Gouache Open Table

Saturday, March 23rd at any Above Ground location

Nothing beats learning a new medium than personal experimentation.

Come to any Above Ground Art Supplies store location to try Liquitex Acrylic Gouache for yourself.

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Faber-Castell Urban Sketching Demonstration with Jens Huebner

Join us for an incredible Faber-Castell demo with German Urban Sketch Artist Jens Huebner. You enjoyed our last demo with Jens so much that we asked him to come back in honour of Inktober.

The demo will be divided into two parts, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. During the first part, Jens will discuss tonal values and the reduction of colour using Faber-Castell Watercolour Markers, Pitt Artist Pen fineliners, and Albrecht Dürer Watercolor pencils.

In the second part, Jens will demonstrate sketching on toned paper using Pitt Artist Pen Dual Markers and Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Markers. He will reveal all his tricks for creating special effects beyond just drawing lines with the markers.

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About the Artist

Jens Huebner was born in Germany and studied Industrial design in Berlin, Germany and Calgary, Canada.He founded his own design studio with a friend in Berlin. 10 years later, the design studio was sold and he cycled around the world for 2 years. During that time, Jens started sketching and watercolour painting during his travels. This has led him to become an Urban Sketcher when he moved back to Germany. Today, Huebner teaches illustration at AIDBerlin (art school in Berlin) in the winter time. When school is out, during the summer, he travels by bike or motorcycle through Europe to teach art workshops. He has taught classes and demos around the world such as in Japan, Korea, China, Sudan, Tansania, South Africa, New Zealand… See and follow his work on instagram: @jenshuebner