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Congratulations to: Sandy Greer
Her artwork “Cozy Cabin” was selected for the 2019 Winter Brochure Image


MONDAYS

Start date January 14   Note: There is no class Monday, February 18- Make up class Monday, March 18


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

S1-201: A PAINTING A DAY - Acrylic or Water Based Oil - SOLD OUT

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

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. Robin will help you discover approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. He will take you through the exercises needed to hone these particular skills and strengthen your artistic development. Understand the basic principles of design – pictorial composition, value, colour, and shape – and how to apply them to these smaller vignettes.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 $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S1-202: WINTER WONDERLAND IN WATERCOLOUR

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

In this class Shelley tackles the challenges and joys of capturing winter subjects. Snow creates marvelous opportunities for the artist; it's rich with reflected light and shadow and has shape and depth. Snow isn't white, it is influenced by what is around the scene and what time of day it is, by how warm or cold it is and it requires subtle handling with a range of colours for maximum effect. She will show you how to plan your composition and help you bring excitement to your work with the addition of buildings, barns, trees, water and atmospheric skies. Intermediate artists will benefit most from this exploration of the winter season.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"

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $300.00   Members cost $285.00   All Supplies are included

S1-203: 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!
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks   Start Date January 14   Non Members cost $150   Members cost $135

Note: There is no class Monday, February 18- Make up class Monday, Feb 25

S2-204: LEARNING TO PAINTING IN WATER SOLUBLE OIL

Level 1
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Mondays, 1 pm to 4 pm

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. Material List

"Lovely, warm and patient teacher, really enjoyed this class."
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks   Start Date January 21   Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

Note: There is no class Monday, February 18- Make up class Monday, March 18

S2-205: PAINTING WATER IN WATERCOLOUR - SOLD OUT

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

In this class Laurel takes the mystery out of painting water. Learn to capture water in all its moods; from quiet ponds and babbling brooks to wind whipped waves. Create beautiful waterscapes full of atmosphere as you learn to understand the nuances of painting water; reflections, shallow water, rippling rivers, white water, seascapes and more. Water is a constant source of fascination to artists! Lots of information on composition, perspective, colour and detail. Material List

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


TUESDAYS

Start date January 15


This Class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S1-206: THE WINTER LANDSCAPE IN ACRYLICS

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Learn the basics of landscape painting and apply them to creating stunning winter scenes in acrylic paint. Gain an understanding of the elements of colour, value, form, line, texture and depth as they pertain to landscape painting. Apply design elements such as balance, rhythm, dominance, and gradation to create a successful composition. Special emphasis will be given to painting snow, skies and trees in winter. We will use observation, photos and imagination as our inspiration. Material List

"I thoroughly enjoyed Heidi’s class and would highly recommend it."

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $130.00   Members cost $115.00

S2-207: EXPRESSIVE ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOUR

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

Abstract landscape paintings are both abstract and landscape. Abstract painting involves a great deal of creative expression, it is a work that suggests rather than defines. 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. You’ll see how colour and texture can reflect movement and emotion, as you learn the tools and techniques that results in creating a pleasing abstract landscape. Designed for those with some painting experience, you will be exposed to a variety of approaches in applying abstract techniques while Dania encouraged you to use your imagination to make your watercolour paintings unique. Materials List


This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $130.00   Members cost $115.00

S2-208: EXPERIMENTING WITH ABSTRACT SHAPES

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Dania Al-Obaidi
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm

There is no hard and fast formula for creating good abstract composition, but there are guidelines that will help you develop critical perception of what works and what doesn’t. In this class Dania, takes you outside your comfort zones as you work with large scale paper/canvas and markers, creating and capturing movement. See how emotions and feelings that are hard to express in realistic terms can translate into abstract images. Then, through observation and critique, we will examine ways to solve compositional problems. This class can be useful to the artist who is willing to open up and try something different. Materials List


This class is 6 weeks   Start Date January 22   Non Members cost $150.00   Members cost $135.00

S1-209: LANDSCAPES IN WATERCOLOUR

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

In this class Laurel explains and demonstrates how to plan and paint the beauty of the sky and land. Beginning with the fundamentals of good composition, Laurel will guide you in important landscape components; shapes, center of interest, three-dimensionality and perspective, value and form. Step-by-step demonstrations on how to tackle the most common elements that make up a classic landscape painting - skies, trees, mountains and textures like rock, wood and stone. Materials List

"I LOVED Laurel’s Animals in 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

S1-210: BIG & BOLD - ADVENTURES IN ACRYLIC OR WATER BASED OIL

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

If you dream of painting on a big scale then this class can help you turn a vast expanse of a big, white canvas into a painting. Explore size-to-scale relationships by creating landscape or still life compositions. Approach painting on a larger scale as you would any other new medium or technique worth exploring, with an open mind and an acceptance of a new learning curve to conquer. Robin will have you pushing your creative comfort level boundaries while working on a large canvas in this invigorating painting course! Robin will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction. 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 $130   Members cost $115

S2-211: LEARNING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Level 1
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 9 pm

Take your photos and designs to the next level with this class. Photoshop allows you to edit, restore, retouch, create and manipulate images - but it can be somewhat intimidating. Ron will take the fear out of Photoshop as he guides you through the program with lots of visual examples, short cuts, and step by step lessons. He guides you through the important aspects of the program, from effective photo editing to working with selections, layers, and masks in order to create original art work. This class is geared towards photographers new to Photoshop and to those looking for a good introduction to the software.

You will need: Laptop with Photoshop CC 5, 5.5 or 6 Installed (PS Elements acceptable)

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


WEDNESDAYS

Start date January 16


This class is 8weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $1755

S1-212: 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 8 weeks    Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

S1-213: 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 $270   Members cost $250   Includes cost of model

S2-214: DRAWING SKILLS FOR LIFE

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

Drawing is a positive approach to life and art; it is a means of concentrating one’s attention and stilling the mind. This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to portray the human figure. Cathy walks you through the basics of drawing and the fundamentals of learning how to see and to compose. Topics include drawing from the live model, still life as well as perspective and composition. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided as well as class critiques. Suitable for all levels but especially designed to give beginners a solid foundation in basic drawing practice and principles. Materials List

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

This class is 4 weeks     Start Date January 16   Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-215: STILL LIFE DRAWINGS

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Diana Lee
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

The art of still life drawing is to depict everyday objects in ways that lets the viewer see them differently. Working from still-life arrangements, Diana will teach you drawing fundamentals including proportion, negative space, light and shadow, line and value. Studying still life will help you develop a strong set of foundation art skills, and prepare you for an exciting journey ahead as your work evolves. 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 4 weeks     Start Date January 16   Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-216: WATERCOLOUR: LANDSCAPES IN FALL AND WINTER

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

Learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of landscapes in autumn and winter. From colourful trees and crisp autumn days to snowy cold mornings, Diana provides step-by-step guidance as you explore numerous techniques to create mood and use colour for light and shade. Techniques such as wet-on-wet washes and colour-intensifying dry-brush for achieving different effects will be demonstrated. 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 4 weeks     Start Date February 13   Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-217: STILL LIFE DRAWINGS II: CLASSICAL STILL LIFE SETTING

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

Still life artists take time and care to choose and compose their subjects before composing their drawing. In this class Diana will have you work through a series of exercises to broaden and refine your still-life drawing practice. Learn to emphasizing detail in objects and space and to set up a compelling classical still life as you complete a series of projects designed to bring your unique point of view into focus. 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."

This class is 4 weeks     Start Date February 13   Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S2-218: FOCUS ON FLOWERS AND PLANTS IN WATERCOLOUR

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

In this class Diana introduces you to the timeless art of painting flowers in watercolour. She will begin with the basics; starting from an under-drawing, to mixing colours and learning the techniques to create vibrant illustrations of flowers and plants. Learn how to layer delicate washes of colour and subtle shading so you can depict the luminosity and delicate character of flowers. Explore positive and negative space to master the art of creating beautiful, life-like flowers. 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


THURSDAYS

Start date January 17


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

S1-219: 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 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S2-220: MIXED MEDIA - FUN WITH STENCILS, STAMPS, COLLAGE AND TEXTURES

Level 1 to 3
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Enjoy experimenting with acrylic paint, mediums, and dry media such as charcoal and pastel and paper collage. Have fun seeing the possibilities of stamps, found objects and stencils to create interesting backgrounds and build rich textural pieces. Lots of opportunities to use your imagination and go beyond the traditional approach to painting. Heidi will teach you what you need to know about colour and composition. You will create several pieces during the class. Material List

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

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

S1-221: 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!"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $270   Members cost   $250 Includes cost of model

S2-121: FOUNDATIONS in FIGURE DRAWING

Level 2 to 3
Instructor:Helen Hendry
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

In this class you will work with a variety of drawing media, as you build a foundation of skills and methods for creating accurate, emotive renderings of the human figure. Helen helps you observe and render the human form as you master the practical and theoretical aspects of accurate drawing, conveying form, contour, structure and composition. Anatomy and proportion are stressed throughout this class while you will build confidence and finish the course with a deeper appreciation of what goes into quality drawing. Demonstrations, group discussions and critiques add context and range to your new art-making skills. Mediums: Conté, waterproof pen, pastels. Material List

"Helen provided tips, techniques and critiques during the class, it helped me tremendously to improve my drawing skills"

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

S1-223: WATERCOLOURS SIMPLIFIED

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Thursdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

Watercolour has a mind of its own. In this course, Zan, takes you on a watercolour adventure where you learn to simplify and control the fascinating interaction between water, paint, and paper. Learn both theory and practice including focal point, colour mixing, light and shadow, as well as different brushstrokes. Take advantage of photographic inspiration while practicing how to eliminate unnecessary details. This class will build confidence in how to handle this medium (which can at times be intimidating and frustrating) and help you develop your own unique style. This class best suited to experienced beginners and intermediate. Material List

"A great artist, an excellent teacher, I found Zan to be very organized, attentive, and with so much to offer"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $270   Members cost $250
Basic metal supplies and use of tools are included

S2-224: JEWELLERY MAKING AND BEYOND

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Gular Mustafa
Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:30pm

In this class you will learn basic metalsmithing techniques and handcraft the small details that distinguish your jewellery as unique. Familiarize yourself with the equipment and techniques of piercing, filing, forming, soldering, and finishing. Gular will help you discover your creativity through metal as you complete 3 projects. Working with brass, copper, and silver you will gain confidence in creating an original piece of jewellery. No experience necessary. This class is perfect for those who want to discover a new creative outline or refine their jewellery skills. Class number is limited.

"Learned so much - Gular is a very patient creative teacher"



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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