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MONDAYS

Start date September 23 unless otherwise noted   Note: There is no class on Monday Monday Oct 14th, * makeup dates as noted


This class is 10 weeks   Start Date September 23     Non Members cost $250   Members cost $225

S1-101: RURAL SCENES IN MONOCHROMATIC AND COLOUR - Acrylic or Water Based Oil

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

* Make Up Date: Dec 9

In this class Robin will challenge you to create a dynamic rural painting using only burnt umber and white. It may sound relatively easy to mix burnt umber and white paint but it takes both training and practice to work lighter to darker in even increasing increments. It is the perfect exercise to train your eye to see a range of values, intensities, and temperatures in a painting. Once you have explored painting in monochrome, Robin takes you to the other end of the spectrum, as you paint in colour using a limited colour palette of blue, red, yellow and white. 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"
Membership Status

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

S2-102:THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN - WATERCOLOURS

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

* Make Up Date: Nov 25

Warm golds to rich scarlet reds; paint the glorious splendor of autumn. In this class explore techniques for mixing colours to capture the effects of light and depth in shadows, understand how composition, perspective, and texture produce lively watercolours that capture the beauty of the autumn season. Refine and develop your skills further as Shelley teaches you to how simplify and avoid overworking your painting. Working from photographs; cityscapes, still-life, or landscapes you will learn to individualize the painting process and better understand the nuances of watercolour painting. Demos and lots of one-on-one instruction. Materials List

"Shelly's knowledge of watercolour medium is amazing"
"She has truly inspired me to do more than I even knew I could"
Membership Status

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

S1-103: EXPRESSIVE PORTRAITS IN WATERCOLOUR

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

* Make Up Date: Nov 25

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

"Such a knowledgeable instructor- she devotes time to her students, making suggestions, helping with difficulties"
"Shelley is an excellent instructor and I found her critiques and suggestions very helpful"
Membership Status

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

S1-104: PAINTING FOR THE TIMID- FUN WITH ACRYLICS

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

* Make Up Date: Nov 25

A relaxing and inspiring class designed for those who have never painted. The fear of not making “good” art dissipates as Julie guides you, step-by-step through the nights featured painting. Tap into your creative side and you’ll be surprised at just how great your painting can be with a little bit of guidance. Come, get inspired, have some fun! All art supplies are included.

"Julie is such an inspirational instructor!"
"Highly recommend this course to beginners. Lots and lots of fun!"
Membership Status

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

S2-105: FUN WITH WATERCOLOUR

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Laurel Best
Mondays, 7 pm to 10 pm

* Make Up Date: Nov 11

Watercolour is a beautiful medium with its soft layers, delicate strokes and luminous washes, but it can be unforgiving. Laurel shares her tricks with you to make this medium easier to work with. Laurel guides you step-by-step how to paint a different subject matter each week. The subjects include flowers, animals, landscape, architecture, and a still life. Awaken your inner artist in this fun, informative class! Material List

"Class was excellent and I have learned a lot. Coming back for her next class"
"Laurel is an excellent teacher guiding us with positive feedback...She sees value in everybody’s work"
Membership Status

This class is 2 weeks     Dec 2 & 9 Non Members $50   Members $45

S1-106: SEASONAL CARDS OR SMALL ART- WATERCOLOUR

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

Celebrate the season with beautifully loose and spontaneous watercolour paintings to use as small wall art or greeting cards. Join Shelley for this 2 week class as she demonstrates how to make the most of the white of your paper and use light, shadow, and reflected colour to create wintery scenes. Explore the fun of miniature art; make your own personal card or to create a treasure to give this holiday season. Materials List

"She has great knowledge and skill, but also has a great way of communicating that to students"
"Shelley knowledge of watercolor medium is amazing. She has truly inspired me to do more than I even knew I could"
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TUESDAYS

Start date September 24 unless otherwise noted


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

S1-107: EXPRESSIVE PAINTING AND MIXED MEDIA

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

This course is designed to expand your artistic horizons, encourage you to develop your creativity and challenge you with new ideas through the exciting genre of Mixed Media. Heidi will introduce you to a variety of materials and techniques in creating visual and tactile textural effects to use in your paintings. The course will include acrylic gels, pastes, paper collage and many mark making materials such as inks and pastels. Use stencils and stamps to enhance your art as you gain expertise in applying the elements of design such as colour and the principles of design to create an effective composition. Enjoy yourself in this exciting, creative process! Suitable for the beginning artist or the more experienced painter looking to step outside of their comfort zone. 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

S1-108: FUN WITH WATERCOLOUR

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

Watercolour is a beautiful medium with its soft layers, delicate strokes and luminous washes, but it can be unforgiving. Laurel shares her tricks with you to make this medium easier to work with. Laurel guides you step-by-step how to paint a different subject matter each week. The subjects include flowers, animals, landscape, architecture, and a still life. Awaken your inner artist in this fun, informative class! 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 8 weeks   Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S2-109: SECRETS OF THE MASTERS / MENTORING CLASS

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

Looking for artistic growth? Here is a great opportunity to learn the inside secrets of master artists without spending thousands on tuition, hotels and airfare! Discover the palette, methods and valuable tips from top contemporary painters. Laurel has studied with the best in the world and will share what she has learned from many workshops and ateliers. After a weekly lecture about a specific artist, Laurel will assist students with their own paintings, offering ideas for improvement or guide them to start a new piece, with suggestions on choosing a subject and composition. 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 10 weeks   Non Members cost $250   Members cost $225

S1-110: PAINTING DRAMATIC NIGHT SCENES - ACRYLIC OR WATER BASED OIL

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

Night scenes have an element of drama and mystery about them. On a clear night the moon may bathe the scene with a cold blue-green hue in stark contrast with the warm glow of a café window. Night scenes offer subtle transitions of tone, colour and soft-edges; shadows are darker, lights are brighter and colours almost glow. Robin will show you to simplify your palette and properly mixing colours to achieve nights’ subtle gradations of blues, purples, grays to capture and creating these moody, dark but extremely interesting painting compositions. 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"
Membership Status

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

S2-111: VIDEO STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING     NEW CLASS!

Level 1
Instructor: Paul Yeghouchian
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

A video is by far the best way to connect with potential customers. This introductory level course will focus on the fundamentals of video editing and how to showcase your brand in an entertaining yet memorable manner. Paul walks you through the steps of importing/cutting footage, adding effects, transitions, exporting your projects to social media platforms and so much more. Venture outside the classroom to film your own short video, have fun and get creative. Video is a great way effectively tell a story, promote your business and produce engaging content for your social media channels. Shoot video on your mobile phone no previous video editing experience needed!

A mobile phone and laptop(for Adobe Premier) is required. You have 2 options for editing: Adobe Premiere Pro or KineMaster. For Adobe Premier- please download the software as a trial or subscription on phone and laptop before class start. 1 month subscription is about 44 CAD. KineMaster is a FREE video editing app. This app is only compatible with smart/iphones and not laptops. If you use this app you will not require laptop.
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WEDNESDAYS

Start date September 25 unless otherwise noted


This class is 10 weeks     Non Members cost $250   Members cost $225

S1-112: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION Acrylic /Water Based Oil

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"
Membership Status

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

S2-113: DRAWING TEXTURES - FABRIC, GLASSES AND METAL

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

Drawing is not just about lines and shades, but also about textures and texture is one of the seven elements of art and design. In this class you learn how to convey the realistic look of fabrics and the reflective quality of metal and glass. Drawing realistic-looking fabrics are tricky because of all the folds and complicated shading. Diana will show you how to go about drawing different types of fabric: smooth and flowing, like silk, and rough and thick, like wool by studying the light and shade in each fabric and fold. Drawing glass and metal may seem intimidating but Diana will show that it is really no different than drawing any other subject. It is the angles, shades, reflected light and highlights that create that impression of a reflective surface. Discover techniques for working in graphite and charcoal while improving your seeing and drawing skills. 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 10 weeks    Non Members cost $165   Members cost $145

S1-114: MASTERING MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Want to take your mobile photography to the next level? In this class Ron will explore the creative and technical side of the features on your smartphone. Understand the importance of mastering composition and how the rule of thirds, point of view, colour, and light can enhance your photos. Develop and enhance your own creative style in this class and tell impactful and compelling stories to draw the viewer into your photos. Learn to use the latest apps to effectively capture and edit great shots. Lots of tips for travel, nature, street, and portrait photography.

"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

S2-115: ARTISTIC WATERCOLOUR PET PORTRAITS

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

Do you have a beloved pet or furry friend that you would love to paint? Learn how to draw and paint your pet to create beautiful pet portraits. Diana shows you step-by-step how to; lay out a compelling composition, achieve accurate proportions and focus on getting a good likeness that conveys your pet’s personality. Develop expressive animal faces and emotions with techniques and tips as you learn to capture the light and texture of fur, feathers, ears, noses and eyes. 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

S1-116: LEARNING TO PAINTING IN WATER SOLUBLE OILS

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

This class is 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/ acrylics, 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"
Membership Status

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

S2-117: PAINT YOUR TRAVEL MEMORIES IN ACRYLICS OR PASTELS

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

This course will help you to recreate a special travel memory through paintings from your photographs. Learn the basics of how to portray scale and the illusion of depth and space using colour and linear perspective in both urban and rural landscapes. Recreate your memories in your style of choice using acrylic or pastel. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment. Material List for Acrylics   Material List for Pastels

"My first class - the experience was excellent - more than I had hoped for"
"Cathy taught skills that could be applied not only to the use of soft pastels, but to painting as well. This course surpassed my expectations and met my hopes for skill development. Cathy is both a talented artist and a very good teacher"
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THURSDAYS

Start date September 26 unless otherwise noted


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

S1-118: GROUP OF SEVEN LANDSCAPES - WATER SOLUBLE OILS /ACRYLICS

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

Meru will guide you through the challenges of simplification and massing along with developing value relationships in landscape painting. We will look at the various stages in the development of a painting from start to finish and how to use photographs like an artist. Compositional analysis as well as colour theory in relation to landscapes will be delved into. We will look at and discuss the work of group of seven extensively to help us paint the Canadian Landscape Materials List

"Meru worked with us with such a thoughtful, patient and inspiring approach. Love her class"
"Meru’s broad knowledge of artists, styles and materials combined with her enthusiasm were so inspiring. Great class!"
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175   Includes Model fees

S2-119: DRAWING REFRESHERS: DRAWING FOR THE BEGINNER ARTIST

Level 1 to 3
Instructor: Cathy Lorraway
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This beginner drawing course will help you gain confidence as an artist through review of drawing fundamentals of how to see and compose in a fun supportive environment. We will review how to draw in proportion, using a variety of shading techniques to show light, volume and texture. Topics include drawing from still life as well as the live model. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. . Materials List

"I can’t say enough good things about Cathy or this course! I’ve never taken a life drawing class before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Cathy was fantastic. She was able to include theory and art history content that helped explain concepts, and I think it made us all better artists – even those who were absolute beginners."
Membership Status

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

This class always sells out so we are now offering it on Wednesday or Thursday
S1-120: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION Acrylic /Water Based Oil

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

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

"Judy is very inspiring and an encouraging instructor. What a great class!"
"I have taken this class many times because Judy is a supportive, knowledgeable teacher who has helped me grow significantly as an artist."
Membership Status

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

S2-121: ABSTRACT EXPLORATIONS: FROM LANDSCAPE TO ABSTRACTION USING ACRYLICS AND/OR OIL

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

This class is for the beginning painter with a little painting experience and a desire to create, explore and try different approach of painting . Working in acrylic, oils and adding other mediums you will explore painting using colour, line, form and movement. Inga will help you to build an abstract painting out of the landscape image. Generous with both time and attention, Inga will patiently explain the process step-by-step. Develop your ideas and imagination, think outside the box as you learn to understand light and shapes and how to handle paint and mixed mediums. Material List

"Inga is an excellent artist and teacher. She gave good instruction, and excellent constructive advice to each student"
"The whole class enjoyed, and learned so much from Inga!"
Membership Status

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

S1-122: VIBRANT LANDSCAPES IN WATERCOLOURS

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Thursdays, 7 pm to 9 pm

Wet in wet loose landscapes full of life and emotion is what awaits you in this class. Leave your details brushes at home and come ready to explore the limits of the medium. We will be pushing the edge of the envelop in this class come with an open mind and a sense of adventure. This class is informative, challenging and fun. Lots of demos and positive critiques. Materials List

"This was a great class. Zan is very knowledgeable"
"Zan is an excellent artist and a great teacher"
Membership Status

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

S2-123: 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 your photography to take artistic and memorable photos. Learn the basics of ANY camera: an SLR that you have been hoping to use more, a reliable point and shoot or your phone camera! You will quickly learn to use and take advantage of all your camera's functions and how to use the latest apps for phone cameras. Ron will show you how to easily edit your photos to perfection: create artistic shots, fine art, flyers, promo material, and more - all done on your phone! Develop a lifelong passion and hobby and take your images from a mere snapshot to a work of art.

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

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We are wheelchair accessible.


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