ONLINE! Traditional Background Painting – Mondays

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

The Traditional Background Painting course builds on the fundamental color concepts and principles of Colour Theory and further concentrates on the requirements of the traditional background painting in the animation industry. By the use of acrylic paints and a variety of painting techniques, the students will learn how to design and paint a scene, how to manipulate lighting, value contrast, colour temperature and saturation in order to enhance any given background design, and to focus on its action.

What is Background Painting?


  • Background painting is a versatile and grounding element to creating art and telling stories
  • Plays a pivotal role in setting mood, staging scenes, expanding worlds, and building dynamics
  • An essential element of animation, art, and design
  • Can aid in building an art based career



When you register for this background painting workshop, you will receive 25% off this workshop’s listed pricing by using the coupon code STAYATHOME25 . Please note materials are not included in this cost. These materials should be purchased after we have sent out a confirmation email that this class will be running. This workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Hangouts. An in depth material list with references will be emailed to those who register for this workshop.

  • Paper: Watercolor cold press paper, 140 lb/300g Size: 9”x12” or 11”x14” 12 sheets or more & sketch paper of any size or color
  • Acrylic Paints: Three primary colours (Red, Blue, Yellow) + White and Black
  • Paint brushes – 4 Synthetic, Short handle brushes: Large Flat brush – Size #16, Medium Flat brush – Size #8 or #10, Medium Round brush – Size # 6 or #8, Fine Round brush – Size #0, or #1, or #2
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Palette, Water Container, & Paper Towel
  • Black Sharpie
  • HB Pencil & Eraser
  • Masking Tape
  • Set Square & Ruler
  • Masonite Board (Optional)

About the Instructor


Maya Ivanova is the instructor for the traditional background painting workshop offered by Max the MuttMAYA IVANOVA is an internationally trained architect whose 18-year work experience has taken her from designing buildings, interiors, and urban landscapes to painting for TV Productions.

As a 2D background artist, Maya has worked on the award-winning shows The Lion Guard and Tangled – The Series for the Walt Disney Company as well as on the Netflix productions Atomic Puppet, Hilda, Star, Captain Sinbad Bed and Breakfast, Canticos, Molly, Kid Cosmic and others.

For over 10 years Maya has been sharing her experience and passion for art with young and developing artists by teaching at her art studio, at The City of Toronto and currently at Max the Mutt College of Art, Design and Animation.

Through her courses, Maya introduces the concepts of special design, structural composition, aesthetics of colour and professional painting techniques in both traditional and digital media.

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