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OAS Fine Art Classes +18

Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $170.00
All classes are 8 weeks unless otherwise noted

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ADULT FINE ART CLASSES - MONDAYS

301A: PUTTING FIGURES IN YOUR PAINTINGS
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Mondays, 9:30am to 12:30pm 
This class is 4 weeks beginning April 3
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00


Adding people to your paintings, adds not only interest, but a sense of scale and motion. In this class you will learn how to place figures in your work to focus the eye and bring more life into your work. Two or three figures placed carefully into a landscape creates viewer involvement and enhances the entire painting. Robin will paint a demo at the beginning of each class giving lots of examples and techniques. You are welcome to paint along with Robin or bring you own work. Acrylic and Water Based Oil.

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302A: MASTERING WATERCOLOUR
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Shelley Prior
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm
This class is 8 weeks beginning April 3
There is no class Monday, May 22 - Make up class Monday, May 29
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00

This class is all about challenging yourself. Refine your watercolour practices and strengthen your personal style. Shelley will help you master more advanced techniques and innovative approaches to bring more transparency and vitality to your paintings. Develop your own style in this exciting spontaneous medium- landscapes, seascapes and florals, are handled from photos or bring in your own photos. Personal assistance, demos and individual critiques.

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303A: CREATIVE PAINTING IN ACRYLICS
Level 1
Instructor: Inga Gircyte
Mondays, 7pm to 10pm
This class is 8 weeks beginning April 3
There is no class Monday, May 22 - Make up class Monday, May 29
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00

In this course you will familiarize yourself with the methods, materials and tools involved with acrylic painting. Get a sound foundation in acrylic techniques as Inga teaches you the importance of good composition, colour mixing, design, paint consistency and application. Explore the use of washes, thick impasto, glazes, and more. Lots of practical tips, techniques and encouragement.

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ADULT FINE ART CLASSES - TUESDAYS


305A: PLEIN AIR PAINTING – PAINTING OUTDOORS IN OAKVILLE
Level 2 to 4
Instructor: Wendy Pride
Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30pm
This class is 4 weeks beginning May 2
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00


The aim of this course is for artists to engage in the outdoor painting experience, possibly for the first time, and to be guided in creating harmonious compositions capturing the light and the mood of the scene as quickly as possible given atmospheric conditions. Techniques to simplify busy and confusing live scenes will be practiced. Artists will gain the necessary foundations to plan an outing, manage equipment and to paint plein air individually or in groups at personal favorite locations in future. Note: Equipment is an essential component of this experience; please care-fully review the supplies list in order to be properly prepared and equipped. Adverse weather advisory days may at times necessitate in-studio work from your own photographs. Acrylic and Water Based Oil. Materials List

 

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306A: MIXED MEDIA
Level 1 to 4
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm
This class is 6 weeks beginning April 11
Non Members cost $150.00    Members cost $130.00

Create innovative and exciting works that combine the versatility and ease of Acrylics with other media, such as pencil crayon, pastels, ink, charcoal and collage. The student will have lots of opportunities to experiment and let their imagination fly as they try different techniques, tools, materials and colour choices. This class is for the student who has little experience in painting or the more experienced painter who would like to gain some new inspiration. Materials List

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307A: IT’S ALL ABOUT COLOUR
Level 1 to 3
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm
This class is 4 weeks beginning April 4
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00  

In this class you will explore the beauty and benefits of adding and expanding the use of colour in your paintings. Enhance shadow areas with purples, blues and violets, add more colours to the main subject to enrich your work.  Robin will paint a demo at the beginning of each class giving lots of examples and techniques on how to do this. You are welcome to paint along or bring you own work. Acrylic and Water Based Oil.

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308A: WATERCOLOUR - THE ART OF NEGATIVE & POSITIVE SPACE
Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Jayne Cangemi
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm 
This class is 4 weeks beginning May 2
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00

Spring is a wonderful time to practice seeing negative space. Take a look at the shapes of trees just budding and you will notice the spaces around them. The use of negative space is an often overlooked element of composition. Jayne will help you discover the advantages of this exciting approach to watercolour. You will be amazed at how an understanding of negative and positive space will change the way you see – and improve the way you paint.

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ADULT FINE ART CLASSES - WEDNESDAYS


309A: INTUITIVE ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Levels 2 to 5
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm
This class is 8 weeks beginning April 5
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00


Judy will assist in fine tuning your artwork at different stages of development and provide tips for the newcomer on how and where to begin an abstract painting. Get an understanding in the elements of space, colour relationship and design principals and how they play an important role in your art. The unrepeatable result of this chance procedure is often a surprise to the student as an observer of events. Other well accomplished artist’s work will also be discussed. Acrylic and Water Based Oil.

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ADULT FINE ART CLASSES - WEDNESDAYS 
311A: DRAWING THE MALE MODEL
Level 1 to 3 Instructor: Francine Freeman
Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm

This class is 4 weeks beginning April 5
Non Members cost $125.00    Members cost $115.00
Cost includes model


This class is for the novice or experienced artist. This is an opportunity to draw from a live model. In this class you will focus on form, proportion, and gesture of the model. A clothed model, in underwear, will be provided for 2 classes for a 2 hour figure drawing session. There will be timed poses held from 1 min to 20 min. Come and have fun with us!

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 312A: PAINT STUNNING SKIES
Level 2 to 4
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm
This class is 4 weeks beginning May 3
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00


Learn to paint stunning skies, clouds, sunsets and sunrises as part of expressive landscapes. Learn techniques and colour choices to use in creating vivid skies. You will be guided along the way while working from observation, sketches and photo references. The class is open to Acrylics and Water based Oils, but the instructor will demonstrate in Acrylics.

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ADULT FINE ART CLASSES - THURSDAYS

 

313A: EXPLORING WATERCOLOUR
Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Laurel Best
Thursdays, 9:30 am to 12:30pm
8 weeks beginning April 6
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00


In this class you will have fun learning the techniques needed to create a successful watercolour painting while finding your own style. Learn a step-by-step approach to composition, colour theory and brushwork. Understand what it is to paint with transparent watercolours, from painting wet on wet through to glazing. Laurel will have you explore a variety of subject matter while introducing new techniques. There will be demos and discussions on design, how to begin a painting and fixing problems.

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314A: GET CREATIVE WITH COLOUR
Level 2 to 5
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm
8 weeks beginning April 6
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00

Expand your horizon and discover your creative side. Judy offers you the freedom of personal expression through a variety of subject matter like portraiture, landscape and abstract art. You are free to explore a single subject or all 3.  Key principles such as compositions, contrasts in values, colours, brushwork will be addressed. You may work in acrylic, water soluble oil, acrylic paints or graphite. Lots of guidance and demonstrations throughout this session.

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315A: DRAWING FEAR FREE
Level 2 to 3
Instructor: David Rayfield
Thursdays, 7pm to 10 pm
8 weeks beginning April 6
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00

In this class David will help you unleash your inner-artist with a variety of drawing techniques using a range of dry and wet media. In-class exercises will address scale, proportion, and composition as well as how to determine the media and paper appropriate for any given drawing project. Understand the skills needed to draw any perceived object, person or place: the perception of edges, space, angles and light and shadow. You’ll have an opportunity to express yourself in this encouraging and relaxing drawing class.

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ADULT FINE ART CLASSES – FRIDAYS


316A: STILL LIFE - DRAWING AND PAINTING IN ACRYLIC
Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Diana Lee
Fridays: 1:30 pm to 4:30pm
This class is 4 weeks beginning April 7
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00
no class on Good Friday April 14 


Still Life is the art of drawing and painting inanimate objects and everyday items like fruit, flowers, and food. In this course, Diana will encourage you to look at things with a fresh eye, while you focus on designing and simplifying shapes as you sketch and paint still life in acrylics.  Build confidence by developing and put-ting into practice good techniques. Lots of demos and guidance. 

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317A: STILL LIFE - DRAW AND PAINT IN WATERCOLOUR
Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Diana Lee
Fridays: 1:30 pm to 4:30pm 
This class is 4 weeks beginning May 12
Non Members cost $100.00    Members cost $85.00


Still Life is the art of drawing and painting inanimate objects and everyday items like fruit, flowers, and food. In this course, Diana will encourage you to look at things with a fresh eye, while you focus on designing and simplifying shapes as you sketch and paint still life in watercolours. Build confidence by developing and putting into practice good techniques. Lots of demos and guidance.

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OAS PLEIN AIR GROUP 
Most artists will tell you that there's a certain appeal to being out in nature; it’s peaceful and generally quiet, providing the ideal space for creating art. The Plein Air painting group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month to draw and paint. This is an uninstructed group painting together to support each other and enjoy the company of other artists. Come join us, you will find that Plein Air painting is a rewarding and powerful experience. Locations in the Bronte and Oakville area. Everyone is welcome!  
365 PAG: Every 2nd Thursday of the month from
9:30 am to 12pm Free for OAS members
$50 for non-members per session.


To sign up and receive the monthly reminders: Members send us an email (click here)

Non-members please fill out below:

Session Date requested

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.
  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 ups.

Recipient's name Denomination of Certificate
 

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.


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