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Canvas Stretching 101

With Master Artist

Johnny Castillo

Canvas Stretching Tools

Workshop fee:

$60 USD


1 Day | 3 Hours

Call for more information! (310) 837 - 7194

Course Description

Learn about the tools, materials and techniques needed for stretching your own painting canvas in this workshop. Making your own canvas widens up your options and makes your art unique. The quality is also better than store-bought canvases as they put little gesso possible which causes dry surface. Most importantly, it is CHEAPER when you build it on your own!

We are going to stretch a small canvas in this workshop but also explain how to apply the technique to building big canvases. We will demonstrate how to prime (gesso) canvas properly. You may gesso your own canvas during the workshop or at home depending on how much time we have left after stretching. That being said, please bring your own brushes/gesso.

Beginners are welcome. No previous experience required.

What You'll Learn

Build a stretcher using heavy duty gallery stretcher bars

How to use tools safely

Understand the importance of stretching on your own

How to prime canvas (maybe demo only depending on the time)

Personalized instruction

Some materials included

Kline Academy Studio Manager


Johnny Castillo

Johnny Castillo (b. 1995) is a Los Angeles based contemporary painter who investigates his placement in America as a first-generation Guatemalan immigrant. By deconstructing his emotional and psychological experiences, Castillo explores the idea of displacement and inhabiting an in-between world-a place where one never seems to have access to their home country or the American dream.

Castillo was born in Guatemala and was brought to Los Angeles, California at the age of 5. He has experienced the American culture for 22 years now. Unable to visit his home country due to his legal status, Castillo fights to remember what he feels like are now faint memories of a Guatemalan home he once inhabited.

Having obtained an Associate’s Degree in Studio Arts from Santa Monica College, Castillo is currently studying Drawing and Painting at The Long Beach School of Art.

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