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STUDIO 1: MONDAYS


This class is 4 weeks Start April 2
Non Members cost $100.00 Members cost $90.00

S1-301A: PAINTING THE FOOTHILLS OF ALBERTA- Mountains, Snow and Great Big Skies

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Mondays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Painting realistic mountain snow scenes presents lots of challenges. Snow reflects sunlight and the colours of the surrounding nature. Those big, majestic Alberta skies also determine the colour of the snow and the colours you see reflected in the shadows. In this class Robin teaches you how to judge the colour of snow, how to employ the proper use of perspective, value, intensity and colour temperature to create a sense of depth with mountains, trees and fields. Acrylic and Water Based Oil. Material List

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S1-302A: PAINTING THE BEACHES AND LANDSCAPES OF FLORIDA - This class SOLD OUT

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Mondays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Beaches are probably among the most scenic places on earth. Key elements in painting Florida beaches and landscapes include azure skies, gentle waves, sand dunes and foliage. Robin explores the specifics of colour, composition, atmospheric light, and architectural elements that are important to painting good beach paintings. Interpret the visual elements: capture the sunny feel of the beach, sense the warm sea breeze, and watch the waves come ashore as you create a beautiful, light filled Florida beach landscape. Acrylic and Water Based Oil. Material List


This class is 8 weeks Start April 2
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $175.00

Note: There is no class Monday, May 21 - Make up class Monday, May 28

S1-303A: WATERCOLOUR: PAINTING GORGEOUS GLASS AND REFLECTIONS

Level 3 to 6
Instructor:Shelley Prior
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

Bring added sparkle and life to your watercolour paintings by learning to depict reflective surfaces. Shelley will guide you through the basics: how to develop an overall plan for your painting through: composition, shapes and values Learn the techniques to mix colours to bring out fine details, how to work washes in thin layers to build up luminous colours contrasts. She will have you look for the reflections and refractions that occur in the glass as you learn to depict “shine.” Refine your personal painting style and reach the next level of artistic confidence. Materials List

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This class is 8 weeks Start April 2
Non Members cost $300.00 Members cost $280.00   All Supplies are included

Note: There is no class Monday, May 21 - Make up class Monday, May 28

S1-304A: COLOURS ON CANVAS

Level 1
Instructor:Julie Wurtele
Mondays, 7pm to 9pm

There is an artist in all of us! Begin your creative journey as Julie walks you step-by-step through the process of recreating a painting from scratch. You will be surprised at just how great your painting turns out with a little bit of guidance. Every class allows you to go home with your own personal painted creation. This class offers a one-of-a-kind painting experience for beginners. Come, get inspired, have some fun and unleashed your creativity! All the necessary art supplies are included.

This class was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again!

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STUDIO 2: MONDAYS


This class is 4 weeks Start April 16
Non Members cost $85.00 Members cost $75.00

S2-306A: ANIMALS IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Laurel Best
Mondays, 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Animals are such a big part of our lives and our families. During this four-week watercolour course, Laurel will guide you through a step-by-step process for painting realistic animals. You will learn how to sketch out your painting and then master techniques to accurately paint fur, feathers, eyes and noses. Explore additional techniques in using colour combinations, designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges. Once you have covered the basics, use your new skills to paint a beautiful portrait of your dog, cat or tiger. Material List

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STUDIO 1: TUESDAYS


This Class is 8 weeks Start April 3
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $175.00

S1-307A: EXPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES

Level 2 to 4
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Enjoy the many qualities of acrylic paint as you push the boundaries of landscape painting. This class is designed to help you create better and more powerful landscape paintings using your own photo references and imagination. Heidi will teach you how to use elements such as value, colour and space as well as the principles of design in your work. Create an emotional response to your landscape, and learn how to emphasize the main focus and create a strong design. Learn to incorporate other media such as collage and dry media to create excitement in your work. Special topics will include skies, water and trees. Material List

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This class is 6 weeks Start April 17
Non Members cost $150.00 Members cost $135.00

S1-308A: LAUREL’S FLORALS IN WATERCOLOUR This class SOLD out

Level 2
Instructor: Laurel Best
Tuesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Watercolour is the perfect medium for depicting the delicate and transparent quality of flowers. Through simple exercises, Laurel will teach you to isolate shapes and values to create dynamic, balanced compositions. She will take you through a short lesson on colour, brushes and basic painting practices. Understand colour blending, creating gradients, and water colour washes while you paint a flower each night. (tulips, poppies, sunflowers, roses). Taking photographs and utilizing them in your work will also be discussed. Lots of step-by-step instructions and guidance. Materials List


This class is 4 weeks Start April 3
Non Members cost $100.00 Members cost $90.00

S1-309A: PAINT IT LARGE!

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

Painting on a big canvas has its own delights and challenges. In this class Robin will be painting a 36 x 36-inch canvas of a half peeled tangerine sitting on a flat surface. You’ll explore the range of colour relationships, surface treatments and the excitement of painting large. Since a big canvas takes longer to paint than your ‘normal’ size canvas, the next four weeks will be spent adding a great deal of detail to render this object very realistically. You will find that painting large adds a bit of spice and excitement in your artistic journey. Acrylic and Water Based Oil. Material List

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This class is 4 weeks Start May 1
Non Members cost $100.00 Members cost $90.00

S1-310A: PAINT IT REALLY SMALL!

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

Keen to improve your painting skills? Miniature paintings, no larger than 2 X 3 inches, have a long history as a style of painting where the artist's ability can be appreciated: not the hugeness of the composition but the brushwork and use of colour. It can take some patience and practice, but painting beautiful miniature isn't merely about size, but the level of detail in the painting. In this class Robin will encourage your individual creative process as you explore traditional and alternative styles in painting. Controlling paint on a very small scale is almost meditative, it will free you from creative hang-ups, and replace them with a desire to create. Acrylic and Water Based Oil Material List

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STUDIO 2: TUESDAYS


This class is 4 weeks Start April 3
Non Members cost $75.00 Members cost $65.00

S2-312A: DYNAMIC PHOTOGRAPHY - DSLR Cameras

Level 2+
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm

Want to make your photos consistently better? This course is for beginner and intermediate photographers who wish to understand both the photographic process and how to take better pictures. In this fun and informative class, Ron’s creative vision and hands-on approach will give you the technical skills necessary to develop a strong understanding of the medium. He will guide you through the fundamentals of camera settings, techniques, design and composition and more. A mixture of classroom, assignments, and review will guide you through the process of taking images that capture the viewer and tell a story. This class is geared to DSLR cameras only. Please bring your own digital camera.

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This class is 4 weeks Start May 1
Non Members cost $75.00 Members cost $65.00

S2-313A: INTRO TO PHOTO EDITING AND ART

Level 2+
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm

Take your photography to the next level! This course will teach you how to edit your photos like a pro. Ron will guide you step by step through Adobe Photoshop, the world’s most popular photo editing software. The lessons are loaded with tips and shortcuts so you’ll know everything you need to do to create the best possible versions of your photographs. Then, turn your photographs into works of art by learning how to overlay textures, combine and blend images, apply filters and effects, and much more! A laptop with a subscription (or trial sign up) to Adobe Photoshop CC is required.

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STUDIO 1: WEDNESDAYS


This Class is 8 weeks Start April 4
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $175.00

S1-314A: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION   This class SOLD out

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Risk taking, exploration and emotional connections is key in abstract painting. With a focus on composition and colour theory, Judy encourages your individual creative expression and development. Random and unpredictable form, together with various methods to apply paint (other than just brushes), will be a formative element of your artwork. Other well accomplished artist’s work will also be dis- cussed. Push your creativity and skills to a new level. Acrylic and Water Based Oil. Material List


This Class is 8 weeks Start April 4
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $175.00

S1-315A: PAINTING FLORALS, LARGE AND LOOSE

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Laurel McBrine
Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm

Explore ways to define specific flowers with loose strokes and vibrant colour. Working on large canvases, minimum 24x24 inches, you will interpret the grand scale and beauty of flowers with shapes, and texture using vibrant colours and bold brushwork. Laurel encourages students to dive into their imagination and create a compelling composition with big value shapes. Lots of demos and one-on-one help. Acrylics. Material List

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This class is 4 weeks Start May 2
Non Members cost $75.00 Members cost $65.00

S1-317A: ABSTRACT WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Dania Al-Obaidi
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm

Embrace a sense of adventure as you paint in watercolour in a whole new style. In this class you will paint with watercolour while learning to create unique abstract art works. While abstract can seem daunting at first, Dania’s techniques and methods will help you focus on gaining skills and refining your style through experimentation and practice. Learn how to mix colour, prepare paper, how to properly apply watercolour paint. Dania will help you channel your inner artist as you create a colour palette that will bring harmony to your work and create art you are proud of. Material List

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STUDIO 2: WEDNESDAYS


This class is 4 weeks Start May 2
Non Members cost $100.00 Members cost $90.00

S2-320A: PAINTING CHILDREN’S PORTRAITS IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Diana Lee
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this class Diana demonstrates the techniques, tips and tricks for painting the faces of the very young. The gentleness of watercolour is the perfect medium for portraying the softness and beauty of children. Explore simple skin tones, and facial features as you focus on principles which help emphasize the personality you wish to convey. She will help you understand the benefits of photographic reference, and how to paint lively, realistic watercolour portraits. You should have some basic portrait drawing experience or taken S2-318A Material List

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This class is 4 weeks Start May 2
Non Members cost $100.00 Members cost $90.00

S2-321A: PAINTING SPRING FLOWERS IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Diana Lee
Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm

Celebrate the fresh colors of springtime in watercolour. Look closely at a single bloom… your interpretation is everything, but how do you capture a realistic likeness quickly yet still personalize your vision? Explore positive and negative space to improve your understanding of both the structural and expressive aspects of the floral still life. Working wet into wet, glaze and lift color. Diana will review colour, value and composition to help you depict the luminosity and delicate character of beautiful springtime blooms. Material List

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STUDIO 1: THURSDAYS


This class is 8 weeks Start April 5
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $175.00

S1-324A: REDISCOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY

Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Explore your creative spirit and set aside preconceived expectations. Using photographic references or pure imagination as a starting point, Judy will assist and encourage you to kick start and expand your personal creativity, whether you wish to pursue pure abstraction, landscapes or portraits. Materials used are water based oils, acrylics, watercolour, graphite, conté, and even found objects, brushes sponges, spatulas, or any tools of your choice Material List

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Class Levels:
Unsure if you are a beginner or intermediate?
  1. Absolute beginner: no experience in an art class since grade school
  2. Beginner with little experience in this medium
  3. Practicing beginner (have taken a few adult classes) with this medium; still at early stages of learning
  4. Beginner - Intermediate have taken a number of classes with this medium and understand elements of design
  5. Intermediate: experienced with this medium and with a good understanding of the principles of composition and elements of design
  6. Advanced with this medium, confident learner who seeks the stimulation and guidance of an instructor and critical discussions of their work.

OAS Class Refund Policy :

In the event that the required number of registrants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the class up to one day prior to the starting date.
Payments for classes cancelled by the OAS will be fully refunded. Student withdrawals made at least 7 days prior to class start will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee.
Please note: Due to the nature of our operation there will be absolutely no refunds given after the 7 day period before the starting date of a class.
All withdrawals must be made in writing and sent to info@oakvilleartsociety.com


The Fine Print :
  1. When you signup online you will receive a class confirmation emailed to you
  2. Registrations must be received a minimum of one week prior to class start
  3. Adult classes are geared to ages 18+.
  4. Adult students provide their own supplies and plastic table cloths (readily availabe at the $ store).
  5. Please note that NO turpentine/linseed oil based solvents will be permitted. Oil painters must clean their brushes with vegetable oil or soap & water. Alternately, water-based oil paints are available at all art suppliers.
  6. Start dates are estimates only and may be subject to change.
  7. All students have the right to learn in a positive and creative environment. If any student disrupts the learning of others, or is disrespectful towards others, he or she will be given one warning by the instructor. In the case of a child the parent/guardian will be notified in writing by the program coordinator. Failure to correct the disruptive behaviour will result in the student's removal from the course with no reimbursement of fees.
  8. The OAS does not offer make-up classes for students who are unable to attend scheduled classes.
  9. Payment must accompany registration. You may pay for your classes and workshops through our secure payment gateway. These are secured transactions and your credit card information is never stored. If you wish, you may ask to have a Paypal invoice sent to you.
  10. Weather-related closures will be posted on the front page of our website under the “What's Happening Now at OAS” header before the start of class.

Gift Certificates :

Give your friends and loved ones something special Gift certificates are available at the OAS and may be applied to a class or workshop of choice. We have many popular classes, so encourage early sign up.

Recipient's name Denomination Amount

Gift certificates are valid for two years from the date of purchase and can be redeemed for a class or workshop offered by the OAS, either onsite or offsite.
If the class/workshop is cancelled by the OAS for any reason, the Gift Certificate is still valid with its original expiry date. Classes/workshops are filled on a first-come basis.


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