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MONDAYS

Start date April 8 unless otherwise noted   Note: There is no class on Monday May 20th, makeup date is June 3rd


This class is 6 weeks   Start Date April 1st     Non Members cost $150 Members cost $135

S1-301: Painting Spring Flowers - Acrylic or Water Based Oil :   SOLD OUT

Level 2 to 4
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Mondays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Celebrate Spring! From potted spring bulbs to blooming gardens you will explore the challenges of painting dappled light and colour mixing the beautiful vibrant greens of spring. Robin will show you how to use colour and composition to create a strong sense of space, perspective, and light. Learn how to include architectural elements of the garden (gates, trellises and fences) while building your skills in brush techniques for rendering foliage. Material List

"Robin is a great teacher! Love his demos and the feedback on the work we do"
His knowledge and discernment is of the highest order, and he is very generous with advice and positive feedback

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S2-302: WATERCOLOURS: KEEPING IT CLEAN

Level 2 to 3
Instructor:Shelley Prior
Mondays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this class Shelley tackles the methods and approaches to keep your paintings fresh and clean. Delve into techniques, painting principles, and design philosophies to help you create fresh, dynamic paintings. Understand the importance of colour saturation, temperature, value, harmony, balance. Shelley’s demos and exercises will give you the tools you will need to simplify composition and elements while eliminating fussy detail, over-painting, and muddiness. This class will allow you to discover the unique qualities of watercolour and give you the skills and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level. This class is suitable for beginners with some experience. Materials List

"Shelly's knowledge of watercolour medium is amazing"
She has truly inspired me to do more than I even knew I could. I'm so happy to be a part of her classes
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This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S1-303: THE PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 2 to 3
Instructor:Shelley Prior
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

Sometimes viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the portrait can be so rewarding. Discover the magical qualities of watercolour as Shelley demonstrates and guides you through the techniques you need to paint a successful portrait. Understand how to transfer an accurate line drawing, then starting with lightest washes, building facial contours using wet-on-wet and glazing. Learn to choose a subject with a story and use effective lighting to create mood. Gain confidence by combining new skills and enjoy the process of portrait painting. Materials List

"Shelley is a very knowledgeable instructor, and makes sure she devotes time to her students, making suggestions, helping with difficulties her students are experiencing, and ensuring that we come away with tons of information/knowledge we can apply when the class is completed."
"Shelley was so patient, helpful and and inspirational . I highly recommend her class"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $300   Members cost $285   All Supplies are included

S1-304: BRUSH, PAINT & CANVAS: FUN IN ACRYLICS

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

No experience required! In a relaxed and social setting, Julie will guide you step-by-step through replicating the nights featured painting. Every class allows you to go home with your own personal painted creation. It's easy and totally stress free. Tap into your creative side and you’ll be surprised at just how great your painting turns out with a little bit of guidance. Come, get inspired, have some fun! All the necessary art supplies are included.

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

This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

Note: Makeup date for any class cancelled is May 27th

S2-305: TECHNIQUES IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Laurel Best
Mondays, 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Watercolours, with its soft layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes can be a difficult medium to master. In this class Laurel will help you gain a better understanding of traditional watercolour techniques and the relationship between colour, value and composition. Make the most of watercolour's unpredictable nature as you practice brush control, laying washes and reserving highlights and methods such as dry brush and spattering paint. Improve your creative skills and techniques to paint beautiful watercolours with confidence. Material List

"Laurel’s class was excellent and I have learned a lot. Coming back for her next class"
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TUESDAYS

Start date April 9 unless otherwise noted


This Class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

S1-306: MODERN ABSTRACTIONS- Acrylics

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Dania Al-Obaidi
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Push your creative power beyond the traditional. In this class Dania will encourage you to let go of traditional visual matter and embrace your inner abstract artist. Understand the approaches to abstract and mixed media painting: materials, colour mixing, textures, layering and balance. She will explore colour in abstraction and the use of underpainting to bring structure and depth to your art. Gain confidence, enthusiasm and the skills to explore and develop ideas with new approaches, materials and techniques. She will encourage you to develop your own personal expression as you create unique abstract art. Material List

Dania challenged me to get outside my comfort zone and was also mindful of my preferences.

This class is 4 weeks   Start Date May 7th     Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-307: TELLING A STORY: COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Collage is the ultimate playground of materials and mediums. A technique of creating art by using various materials not normally associated with one another: drawing, painting, textiles, photography, print and more. Heidi will take you step-by-step through selecting materials, preparing images, layering, colour choices and the application process. You will explore a variety of materials, experiment with composition to create art with a rich palette of colour, texture and depth. Come learn, play, create and enjoy this unique approach to making art. No previous art experience is needed. Materials List

" Heidi is a great teacher! She is so very encouraging."
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135

S1-308: EXPRESSION THROUGH WATERCOLOUR

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

Watercolours, with its soft layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes can be a medium difficult to master. In this class Laurel will help you gain a better understanding of traditional watercolour techniques and the relationship between colour, value and composition. Make the most of watercolour's unpredictable nature as you practice brush control, laying washes and reserving highlights and methods like dry brush or spattering paint. Improve your creative skills and techniques to paint beautiful watercolours with confidence. Materials List

"I LOVED Laurel’s watercolour class! She has a really great vibe – she’s so supportive and helpful "
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks   Start Date April 23   Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135

S2-309: DAILY PAINTING: PAINTING SMALL, PAINT OFTEN

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Laurel McBrine
Tuesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

In this class you will embrace the importance of daily practice to improve your creativity. Working with small canvases, you will discover that painting each day is a powerful way to rapidly sharpen your skills in all areas of painting - from drawing to design to colour. Laurel will help you discover approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. She will take you through the exercises needed to hone these particular skills and strengthen your artistic development. A non-toxic method of painting with traditional oils will be taught. This class is best suited to experienced beginners to intermediate. **Oils or Acrylics. Materials List

" Laurel provides lots of learning as she encourages and supports students in their independent work - A wonderful teacher"
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks   Start Date April 2nd     Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135

S1-310: IMPROVING YOUR ARTISTIC SKILLS- ACRYLIC OR WATER BASED OIL   SOLD OUT

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

Are you feeling a little rusty, frustrated? Colour just not right? In this class Robin will work on enhancing your technical skills and personal development. With lots of tricks and tips on colour, composition, use of scale and technical processes he will re-examine a variety of painting techniques as related to acrylics and water-soluble oils. He will critique one or more of your paintings that you are not happy about and show you how to improve your technique to get the results you were looking for. Instruction in both oils and acrylic paints. Material List

"Robin takes an interest in what each student was doing and gives lots of guidance when needed."
"I really enjoy Robin’s teaching style and have already booked his next class"


WEDNESDAYS

Start date April 10 unless otherwise noted


This class is 8weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S1-312: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION Acrylic /Water Based Oil:   SOLD OUT

Level 3 to 4
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 discussed. Push your creativity and skills to a new level. Material List

"I liked the freedom to paint whatever you like and positive, friendly environment."
"Everyone is very encouraging and you can try new techniques without fear of judgement."

This class is 8weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S2-313: THE URBAN SKETCH: DRAWING AND AQUA PENCIL

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

In this class Diana will build on observational and drawing skills needed for on-location sketching. She will demystify the urban process while introducing the strategies for drawing people and their movement, architectural buildings and elements and everyday objects. Learn the techniques of urban sketching: value studies, colour mixing and perspective. Practice in-studio so you can then have the skills to sketch on location. Bringing it all together in a start-to-finish drawing with colour. Even if you can’t draw a straight line you will discover the joy of urban sketching. Material List

"I have taken a few of Diana’s classes and really enjoy her approach to teaching"
"I absolutely loved the instructor and the course."
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks    Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

S1-314: PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERY

Level 1
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Wednesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm

Like most modern gadgets and apps a phone camera has many features and settings that most people are unaware of or don’t know how to use. This course will teach you how to manage all the features of your phone camera such as setting and locking the exposure, selective focusing, using burst mood, creating long exposures and so much more! Specific lessons on composition, angle, point of view, and lighting, along with classes filled with tips for travel, nature, street photography, and portraiture will take your photography to the next level and create photos that are artistic and dynamic! Though the focus is on camera phones, much of the course content is applicable to shooting with any type of camera!

"Ron is excellent teacher in every way"
"A wonderful learning experience for me. I enjoyed it fully. "
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S2-315: BIRDS AND BLOSSOMS IN WATERCOLOUR

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

Find creative inspiration to capture the beauty of birds and flowers in watercolour. Diana will teach you techniques that will capture the forms and colours of spring blossoms and feathered friends. She gives step-by-step instruction on creating a sketch, shading, and adding detail, with special attention given to layering brushwork to create convincing texture and how to depict the luminosity and delicate character of flowers. Lots of tips for creating composition, understanding and seeing value, transferring photo references. Materials List

"I have taken a few of Diana’s classes and really enjoy her approach to teaching"
"I absolutely loved the instructor and the course."
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135

S1-316: INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING USING WATER SOLUBLE OIL PAINTS

Level 1
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm

This class designed for beginners with no artistic training. It also serves as a refresher of foundational skills for advanced painters. Meru takes you through the use of water based oil paints, brushes, materials and tools. Sound foundational skills including value scales, spatial comparative relational sighting, constructing form using values and still life will be taught through exercises. Emphasis will be on skills and developing an artist's eye with lots of demos and supportive one on one instruction. Have fun discovering your artistic ability in this practical course. Materials List

"Meru worked with us with such a thoughtful, patient and inspiring approach. Love her class"

This class is 4 weeks   Start Date May 8th     Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-317: DRAWING IN COLOUR: PASTELS FOR THE BEGINNER ARTIST

Level 1
Instructor: Cathy Lorraway
Wednesdays, 7pm to 10 pm

This beginner pastel course you will learn how to draw and paint with pastels. Cathy will teach you how to develop a variety of pastel techniques to mix colours and portray form, light and texture in still life and landscape. Previous drawing experience is helpful but not a must. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment. Material List

"My first class - the experience was excellent - more than I had hoped for"
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THURSDAYS

Start date April 11 unless otherwise noted


This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135

S1-318: BUILDING CONFIDENCE IN WATER SOLUBLE OILS

Level 2
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This class is designed for those who wish to further their exploration in water soluble oil painting. Meru will strive to inspire you and provide you with knowledge beyond just colour and composition. She will cover a wide range of techniques and materials for beginners who have some painting experience. You’ll have fun as you explore and experiment with new techniques that you can practice to develop your painting skills further. Emphasis on enhancing your technical skills and personal expression. Demo and lots of individual guidance. Materials List

"Meru worked with us with such a thoughtful, patient and inspiring approach. Love her class"
Membership Status

This class is 4 weeks   Start Date May 9th     Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-319: DRAMATIC FLOWERS IN PASTEL

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Love Flowers? In this class you will focus on the techniques that produce florals full of luminosity, dimensionality and light. Heidi shows you the process necessary that make your painting work, including composition, design, colour, and the use of hard and soft edges. Gain confidence and better understand how light and shadow define form as you revel in the luminous and vibrant qualities of pastel. No experience in pastel is required, however a basic drawing background is helpful. Materials List

" Heidi is a great teacher! I highly recommend her classes"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S1-320: REDISCOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY - VARIETY OF MEDIUMS

Level 3 to 4
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

"Judy is very inspiring and an encouraging instructor. What a great class!"

This class is 6 weeks   Start Date April 25th     Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135  

S2-321: ABSTRACT EXPLORATIONS: LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN ACRYLICS

Level 2
Instructor:Inga Gircyte
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Arshile Gorky wrote “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes”

In this class Inga explains and demonstrates the abstract approach to urban and rural landscape painting. Generous with both time and attention, Inga will patiently explain the process step-by-step. Learn how to utilize lines, form, movement, texture, and colour. Discover methods for keeping your work as fresh as possible, while building a foundation in abstraction. Material List

Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks    Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

S2-322: CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN PHOTOGRAPHY

All Levels
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Thursdays, 7 pm to 9 pm

In this class Ron will explore the techniques needed to improve creative expression, to take your images from a mere snapshot to a work of art. We will review some technical information and discuss how to use fine art concepts such as design principles, colour, line, and texture to create more dynamic and artful images. Ron will offer critiques on work you are not happy with but unsure why. Come and improve how you look at the world through the eye of a camera. Please bring your laptop

"Ron is excellent teacher in every way"
"A wonderful learning experience for me. I enjoyed it fully. "


Unsure if you are a beginner or intermediate?

Class Levels:

Level 1 Beginner: You have little or no prior art experience.

Level 2 Beginner+: You have basic experience and some training in the medium. You are looking to develop technique, design and compositional skills.

Level 3 Intermediate: You understand the techniques and tools of the medium. You have good drawing and design skills, and the ability to work independently.

Level 4 Intermediate to Advanced: You have experience, confidence, and competency in the medium and well developed design skills. You are looking for artistic growth, technical and conceptual challenges and critiques.


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 Twitter

The OAS is a registered Canadian charitable organization.
We are wheelchair accessible.


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