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Each studio is equipped with a Hepa Filter air purifier and air circulation fan


In-Studio Classes:

 Monday Classes
 Tuesday Classes
 Wednesday Classes
 Thursday Classes

MONDAYS

Start date January 9 unless otherwise noted   Note: There is no class on Monday, Feb 20 for Family Day


This class is 7 weeks   Course Fee: $220   Members: $195

S1-201: Creative Mentoring with Acrylics and Water Soluble Oils

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

In this very hands-on class, Robin shows you how to improve your painting ability with lots of tips and tricks. He will help guide you to improve your own work as he does demos on specific areas - trees, water, clouds, grasses, and still life. Robin will touch on colour mixing and offers guidance, tips and tricks that will take your painting from artistic frustration to happy success. Focus of this class is on what you have already created and would like to improve. Please bring in your own artwork and you’ll get the help to make it a painting you will show with pride. Materials List

"His demos are amazing and we understand well what to do. Always new material to learn from him and his large experience"
"His knowledge and discernment is of the highest order, and he is very generous with advice and positive feedback"
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This class is 7 weeks Course Fee: $220   Members: $195

S2-202: Winter Wonderland in Watercolour

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

Blankets of glistening snow, trickling creeks under ice, ice skates, toboggans, frost on the window, cozy fires and hot cocoa. What better time than winter to grab your brushes and paint the beauty of the season right outside your window. Learn to capture the beauty of a brand new year while building your watercolour skills. Intermediate painters will enjoy the variety of approaches and techniques shared in this class. Explore how to create a white world rich with colour, shapes and shadows. Materials List

"Shelley's knowledge of watercolour medium is amazing"
"She has truly inspired me to do more than I even knew I could"
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This class is 7 weeks Course Fee: $220   Members: $195

S2-203: Still Life in Watercolour

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

If the frigid outdoors isn't your cup of tea, why not pick up your brushes and paint the great indoors! That cup of tea will go nicely with a plate of cookies and maybe an antique tea tin or find endless treasures and textures within your home and learn to create a story with watercolour. Learn how to compose and create an optimum composition and create the most effective lighting for a dramatic effect. Intermediate painters will build skills such as composition, lost edges, smoother washes, textures and dark backgrounds to name just a few. 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"
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This class begins Jan 23   This class is 6 weeks Course Fee: $190   Members: $165

S1-204: Paint the Winter - Impressionist Style in Water-based Oil

Level 2
Instructor: Barbara Chapman
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

In this 6 week class Barbara shares her techniques to create stunning winter paintings filled with light, depth, atmosphere, and feeling. She will focus on the elements of an impressionistic painting style including successful composition and how to use loose and expressive brush strokes. See your own impressionist style develop from the first brushstroke to the finished painting. Lots of guidance and encouragement to help you develop your own personal style. Materials List

"Barbara is an excellent instructor!Her subject matter is very relevant and challenging at the same time"
"I was incredibly impressed with how prepared Barbara was. I absolutely loved all the handouts and the visual aids, reference photos, sketch books etc that she brought"
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This class is 7 weeks   Course Fee: $220   Members: $195

S1-205: Acrylics and the Timid Painter

Level 1
Instructor: Heather deHaan
Mondays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

New to acrylic painting or never picked up a paintbrush? Welcome to the Timid Painter where your experienced beginner- friendly artist Instructor heather will help you take your curiosity to the next level! In this course you will learn basic colour theory by making a colour wheel, learn the principles of design, understand how to approach the blank canvas with confidence, how to push past the "messy middle" and get a primer on composition, and more- all in a beginner friendly, environment. Lots of painting in a comfortable, judgement free zone to encourage your creative self! Materials list

"Heather was able to provide me with an ability to start to create drawings that I can be happy with"
"Heather was very warm and encouraging. She kept things very approachable for all skill levels"
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This class is 7 weeks   Course Fee: $220   Members: $195

S2-206: Adventures in Painting Styles Water-soluble Oils or Acrylics

Level 1
Instructor: Susan Del Bianco
Mondays, 7pm to 10pm

In this class you learn the methods and colour techniques of some of Canada’s most famous and beloved artists. Sue offers a glimpse into the Group of Seven’s iconic style as she covers composition, understand positive and negative shapes and the use of bright, bold colour. In the weeks that follow, guided by Sue and your own inspiration, you will implement the techniques learned. Each season will bring new lessons to learn, so this is a perfect course for continuing your artistic education as you focus on developing skills, your own individual style and creativity. Materials List

"I enjoyed my course and the instructor, Susan, made it something to look forward to each week"
"I absolutely loved Sue’s course. She was able to break down the paintings into easily manageable pieces so that everyone was successful no matter what level you were painting at"
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TUESDAYS

Start date January 10 unless otherwise noted


This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-207: In the Mix with Water Soluble Oil

Level 1+ to 2
Instructor: Wendy Pride
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

In each three-hour session, your instructor will present concepts, best practices, and tips to guide your personal painting style and to coach you to create several original works of art using water mixable oil paint. Concepts to be presented include supplies overview, colour theory, colour mixing, selecting a subject, setting up values in the underpainting, lighting, and composition. You will be painting from your own still life set up and from photo references. There will be weekly feedback on painting assignments done in and out of class. Painters who have experience with handling acrylic paints are welcome to join in. Materials List

"Wendy was so well prepared with lessons, graphics and examples"
" It was obvious that she is an experienced artist with deep knowledge about art and painting. She was kind, enthusiastic and supportive. "
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This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-208: Painting Foundations in Acrylics

Level 1+
Instructor: Heather deHaan
Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm

This course is designed for artists with some basic acrylic painting experience who are interested in being challenged and supported in the creative process. Artist Instructor Heather will encourage you to strengthen your core painting skills in composition, colour, brushwork, techniques and more! This course is designed to get you moving beyond the “comfort zone” in your practice. Get a refresh on basic color theory, with time to explore and develop your own personal style as you learn to trust the creative process and your intuition. New paintings weekly with lots of demonstrations and independent painting in a relaxed communal setting. Materials List

"Heather made the experience positive and fun!"
"Heather is such an awesome teacher. Very laid back style, very welcoming and encouraging"
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This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S2-210: Landscapes in Impressionism Made Easy! Water-Soluble Oils or Acrylics - SOLD OUT

Level 1+
Instructor: Tritan Braho
Tuesdays, 7pm to 10pm

Impressionist landscape painting with a focus on light, bring a luminous quality to your paintings you’ve never thought possible. In this class you will learn to think, see and plan the landscape in a modern impressionist style. Tritan will have you participate in small, enriching exercises that promote learning to see with an impressionist eye. Discover how colour relationships, edges, composition, values, and shapes play a part in conveying a strong visual statement. Understand how the impressionistic masters interpreted their landscapes with a minimum of imagery. Tritan will encourage and inspire you to discover your inner Impressionist. Lots of demos and individual attention. Material List

"An incredible and knowledgeable instructor! I learned so much"
"Tritan is friendly, well prepared and encouraging"


WEDNESDAYS

Start date January 11 unless otherwise noted


This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-211: Pushing the Envelope of Abstraction Acrylic /Water Based Oil

Level 2 to 4
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Intuitive abstract painting allows the student a full range of emotional expression through painting. The optional use of found objects can also be included in your painting. This liberating approach is for everyone who has the courage to explore their personal creative journey through visual art. Judy will demonstrate how to take risks, play, be curious, use intuition, think critically, let go, analyze, critique and explore.The aim is to have a successful completed painting with a strong emotional impact. Material List

Judy is an excellent teacher, very supportive. I learned a lot and highly recommend her class
Judy’s class is excellent. I look forward to it each term.
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This class is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

S2-212: Fun and Easy Steps in Basic Drawing

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

In this class Diana introduces you to the basic elements of drawing. She will help train your brain so you can visualize ordinary objects in a different manner, allowing you to see through the eyes of an artist. Learn the concepts of line, shape, form, space, value, and composition. Understand the role of different pencil grades to create depth, light and shade, proportion, and perspective. Study methods for accurate drawings from photographs and still life. It will be a fun approach to basic drawing skills -the only requirements are a few basic supplies and a willingness to try! Materials List

"Diana is an excellent teacher who takes a great deal of care in her preperation and instruction."
"Wonderful class with a great teacher. I learned a great deal and look forward to other classes given by Diana"
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This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-213: Still Life Paintings - Making Small Works of Art in Acrylics

Level 1+
Instructor: Tritan Braho
Wednesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Still-life painting can be fast and fun! Still Life is the most practical subject matter for learning and teaching the basic techniques of drawing and painting. The art of still life is to depict everyday objects in ways that lets the viewer see them differently. Working from still-life arrangements, Tritan will teach you how to create compelling compositions, achieve depth, and render realistic textures. You will learn to keep it simple, as sometimes a single object beautifully painted is more compelling and visually interesting than a number of objects crammed together. Learn the the tips and tricks that captures the inanimate beauty of the everyday from first marks to final details.Lots of demos and individual attention. Material List

"An incredible and knowledgeable instructor! I learned so much"
"Tritan is friendly, well prepared and encouraging"
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This class is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

S2-214: Beginning Watercolour, You Can Do It!

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

If you have always wanted to try watercolour but been afraid to, or become discouraged, take heart! In this class Diana will teach you all the techniques, tools and tricks to start you on your way to becoming the watercolour artist you have always wanted to be. Learn the basics of watercolour painting including—paint, brush, paper, value, colour mixing, wash, wet-in-wet, wet-over-dry. Gain an understanding of how colour moves, layering, light, and composition.A wonderful opportunity to gain quality insights and dispel your fears as you venture into the beautiful world of watercolour painting. Lots of demos and individual attention. Materials List

"Diana is an excellent teacher who takes a great deal of care in her preperation and instruction."
"Wonderful class with a great teacher. I learned a great deal and look forward to other classes given by Diana"
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This class is 4 weeks   Start Date Feb 8th   Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

S2-215: Draw with Confidence: From Basic to Brilliant

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

In this drawing course, we explore the foundations and techniques for creating wonderful realistic drawings with pencil. Build on your drawing skills by mastering the principles of using line, tone, light, texture, composition, spatial depth and perspective. Diana breaks down each aspect of drawing into easy to follow segments complete with drawing demonstrations. Train your eye to realistically render form and gain a new understanding of weight, balance, the effects of light and shadow. Learn to trust the connection between hand and eye. This class is designed for those who want an opportunity to become better drawers with strong technical skills. Materials List

"Diana is an excellent teacher who takes a great deal of care in her preperation and instruction."
"Wonderful class with a great teacher. I learned a great deal and look forward to other classes given by Diana"
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This class is 4 weeks   Start Date Feb 8th   Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

S2-216: It’s all About Watercolour

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

Watercolour is a beautiful medium with its soft layers, delicate strokes and luminous washes, but it can be unforgiving. In this class Diana teaches aspiring artists everything they need to know about painting in watercolour. She provides step-by-step guidance in a variety of subjects and painting techniques, including creating washes, mixing colours, creating soft blends, rendering realistic textures, and working wet-into-wet. Awaken your inner artist in this fun, informative class! Lots of demos and individual attention Materials List

"Diana is an excellent teacher who takes a great deal of care in her preperation and instruction."
"Wonderful class with a great teacher. I learned a great deal and look forward to other classes given by Diana"
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THURSDAYS

Start date January 12 unless otherwise noted


This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-217: Mixed Media Abstract Painting Class - Acrylic /Water Based Oil

Level 2
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This mixed media / abstract class is offered to the more advanced student who likes to push boundaries and techniques and enjoys a sense of play while learning more about personal creative growth in visual art. Mixed media is optional and can include a variety of materials and subject matter. Please discuss this with your instructor. Judy encourages your individual creative expression and development. Prepare for excitement and fun. Push your creative comfort levels to new heights. Large canvas / surfaces are encouraged but not necessary in this invigorating painting class! Composition, colour balance and consistent techniques is the foundation for this class. Material List

"Judy is an excellent teacher, very supportive. I learned a lot and highly recommend her class"
"Judy’s class is excellent. I look forward to it each term"
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This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-218: Still Life - From Beginning to End - Acrylic /Water Based Oil

Level 2
Instructor: Robin Mitchell
Thursdays, 1pm to 4pm

In this class you begin by creating a tonal painting and then add colour with glazes painted over the value painting. Learn to set up a compelling composition with life and movement that tells a story as Robin demonstrates how to group odd objects, light them and transfer what you are seeing onto your canvas. Increase your skill level with demos at the beginning of each class while discussing the techniques necessary for creating beautiful still life paintings. From black-and white studies to brilliant colour you will develop adeptness in composition, drawing, colour, value and edges. Robin will do demos in acrylics and in water-soluble oil paints This class is geared to experienced beginners to intermediates. Material List

"I learned so much in Robin’s class on copying. Robin taught us different techniques and got us out of our comfort zone"
"I really enjoy Robin’s teaching style and have already booked his next class"
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This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S2-219: Abstract and Intuitive Painting – Choice of Medium

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Carolyn Hassard
Thursdays, 1pm to 4pm

In this class artist/instructor Carolyn shares her insights to fuel inspiration and success in your painting journey. Carolyn will encourage you to dive into your imagination utilizing your own choice of media, subject and style to expand your range of techniques and enhance your work. The course will teach abstract and intuitive strategies, skills in composition, mark-making and multi-media applications to get your creativity flowing. You will leave this course feeling liberated as an artist, with a toolbox full of strategies, material tips, and with more joy and confidence than ever before. Materials List

" Love my class with Carolyn- what an incredible and patient instructor"
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This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $170   Members: $150

S1-220: Folk Art Painting - Acrylics

Level 1 to 1+
Instructor: Susan Del Bianco
Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm

This class is an adventure into the world of folk art. You will learn to draw and paint subjects that include quaint homes, pets, florals and more in the folk art style but with a colourful, modern twist. Sue will provide you with a strong foundation in folk art painting with exercises on colour mixing, brush techniques, paint application and blending. Painting folk art will bring a smile to your day as you learn to capture the warm, simplistic and whimsical style that typifies folk art painting. Folk art painting - requires no previous artistic training or drawing skill. Materials List

"What fun. Never painted before - really enjoyed learning with Susan"
"Susan is very easy going and pleasant to work with. I have enjoyed her courses "
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This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S2-221: How to Draw the Clothed Figure for Beginners

Level 1
Instructor: Tritan Braho
Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm

The clothed figure is a fascinating subject for beginner and experienced artist alike and In this class you will have a chance to explore the costumed figure. Beginning with photographs, Tritan will guide you through basic understanding of form, line, and light & shadow, proportion, perspective and value. Then, with each student taking turns serving as live models, you learn to capture performance, emotion, and weighting of the pose. Explore lighting, perspective and the composition of fabric on the human body. Drawing from the model can be challenging but it is also very rewarding. With practice, your observational skills will develop to see not just the body, but what surrounds it and by observing the tonal characteristics of fabric texture. Materials List

"An incredible and knowledgeable instructor! I learned so much"
"Tritan is friendly, well prepared and encouraging"
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Gift Certificates are available

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 should 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.
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We are wheelchair accessible and scent free.


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