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Congratulations to: Ron Churchill
His 15” x 30” - Acrylic “After the Rain”" was selected for the 2020 Spring Brochure Cover
2020 Spring Brochure


 Monday Classes
 Tuesday Classes
 Wednesday Classes
 Thursday Classes


MONDAYS

Start date April 20th unless otherwise noted   Note: There is no class on Monday, May 18.


This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-301: SPRING AND MORE SPRING - ACRYLIC OR WATER BASED OIL   - Sorry SOLD OUT

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

Spring is in the air! Robin will have you creating dynamic, expressive paintings using the beauty of Spring as your subject matter. Challenging exercises to ignite your creative thinking. Paint everything that has to do with spring: the rainy days of May, the appearance of the very first blooms: daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms, song birds, spring foods, bright green leaves and fields. Demos, and lots of individual attention to instill techniques and concepts to produce successful paintings. 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 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S2-302: WATERCOLOUR: PAINTING GORGEOUS GLASS AND REFLECTIONS

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

Shelley will guide you to elevate your understanding of how to control watercolour while you refine your personal painting style and reach the next level of artistic confidence. Bring added sparkle and life to your watercolour paintings by learning to depict reflective surfaces. Learn techniques to mix colours to depict “shine and bring out fine details, how to work washes in thin layers to build up luminous colour contrasts. Explore design, colour, textures, composition, division of shapes, values and patterns. Materials List

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

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S2-303: PAINT REALISTIC WATERCOLOR PORTRAITS   - Sorry SOLD OUT

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

If you struggle to get the desired likeness or the right expression in your portraits, then this the class for you! Discover the magical qualities of watercolour as Shelley demonstrates and guides you through the techniques you need to paint a successful portrait likeness. Explore individual features, variations and expressions to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. Working with light, shade, form and value, you will get a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation. Learn to edit, interpret and compose from a photo in order to give life and energy to your subject.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"

This class is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S1-304: INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING IN ACRYLIC OR WATER BASED OIL

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

This class designed for beginners with no artistic training. It also serves as a refresher of foundational skills for advanced painters. 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. Classes will have lots of demos followed by supportive one-on-one instruction.Materials List

" It was a marvelous class with an inspired and passionate teacher! Only complaint course was too short "
"Meru is very special, an expert teacher, help is constructive and fun"

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $225   Members: $215   All Supplies are included

S1-305: NO FEAR- PAINT WITH ACRYLIC!

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

Always wanted to paint with acrylics but weren't sure where to start? This is a relaxing and inspiring class designed for those who have never painted. 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. This is a great opportunity to play, learn and just have fun with paint. All art supplies included.

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

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S2-306: WATERCOLOURS SIMPLIFIED

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

Watercolour has a mind of its own. Laurel 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. This class will build confidence in how to handle this medium and help you develop your own unique style. 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"


TUESDAYS

Start date April 21 unless otherwise noted


This class is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S1-307: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF COLOUR THEORY

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Colour is one of the most important components in art, and how you use colour can change the content and message your artwork conveys. In this class Meru will take you through the first steps towards mastering the use of colour. Explore how colour works in relation to its neighbours on the colour wheel while you paint your way through true primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Gain an understanding and knowledge of the dimensions of colour and how it works can make your work powerfully compelling and will reach your audience at an emotional level that moves them. Materials List

"Meru is a great teacher! Patient and so encouraging"
" It was a marvelous class with an inspired and passionate teacher! Only complaint course was too short "

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S2-308: ENCHANTING FOLK ART

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Susan Del Bianco
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Discover the joy of creating colourful, contemporary, and inspirational art in this time-treasured genre. Sue will provide you with instructions and tips on how to draw and paint your own beautiful art in a modern folk art style. Explore the warm, simplistic and whimsical style that typifies folk art painting with brush techniques, colour mixing, paint application and blending. Folk art painting - requires no previous artistic training or drawing skill. Material List

Sue had a very friendly and helpful manner.
Sue made suggestions that made our work better and was great at demonstrating techniques.

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-309: WATERCOLOURS SIMPLIFIED

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

Watercolour has a mind of its own. Laurel 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. This class will build confidence in how to handle this medium and help you develop your own unique style. 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"
Laurel is knowledgeable, she communicates well, is positive and encouraging!

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-310: THE ART OF SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY 101

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

A great photograph requires an understanding of basic photography principles to create an aesthetically pleasing image that the viewer enjoys and connects with. Ron simplifies the technical side of photography and focuses on photography's creative aspect. Learn the secrets of what it is that makes a great photo so great such as composition, the rule of thirds, point of view, angle, colour, and light. Develop and enhance your own creative style in this class and tell compelling stories to draw the viewer into your photos. Learn to use the latest apps to effectively capture and edit great shots that you will be eager to share with others. Lots of one on one and positive critiques in this fun and engaging class

Ron can teach and is very patient! The course gets an A+
Ron is a very dedicated and knowledgeable instructor. I was very pleased with this course

This classes is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-311: UNDERPAINTING- IS IT WORTH THE EFFORT?

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

You bet it is! Underpainting is a centuries old technique that painters use as a way to colour the canvas prior to beginning their painting. It acts as a foundation for your work and is a great way to start your painting off with some built in contrast and tonal values. If you spend the time planning and creating an underpainting - you will be rewarded with a well thought out, well executed, compositional painting. We will paint the initial image using burnt umber and white, once this is complete and the values are all in the right place, colour is then added to create the final image. Demos, and lots of individual attention. 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 22 unless otherwise noted


This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-312: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION - WATER SOLUBLE OILS /ACRYLICS   - Sorry 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 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S2-313: DRAWING SKILLS: IT’S JUST PENCIL AND PAPER

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

Learn the art of drawing from observation. In this class Diana will help you gain confidence as an artist as she covers basic concepts and techniques in drawing. Still Life teaches you to look at an arrangement of inanimate objects and see them as an artist would- outlines, shapes, proportions, tone, colour, texture and form. Learn to produce a balanced, strong composition with step-by-step instruction. 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"

This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S2-314: PAINTING STREETSCAPES IN WATERCOLOURS

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

Do want to paint streetscapes and buildings in watercolour and improve your understanding of perspective? Diana will help you develop observation skills, watercolour techniques will be demystified, and will delve into concepts such as composition, basic perspective, design, colour theory, and tonal contrast. Learn tips and tricks to simplify complicated streetscapes and then, using scale and proportion see how to place people and vehicles in streetscapes. Her approach will guide you through thetechniques to produce light-filled, translucent watercolour paintings with depth and sensitivity. Lots of one on one attention. 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 6 weeks   Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-315: COLOUR MY WORLD: PASTELS FOR THE BEGINNER ARTIST

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Cathy Lorraway
Wednesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

In this beginner pastel course fall in love with the colours of pastel. Learn a variety of pastel techniques to draw and mix colours to portray form, light and texture in still life and landscape paintings. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment. Material List

"I attended the pastel course taught by Cathy, and loved it! I came away with new skills, a better understanding of necessary fundamentals and gained confidence in my abilities"
"I thoroughly enjoyed Cathy's class. She is an excellent teacher and really knows her subject. Very patient and understanding with her pupils."

This class is 6 weeks     Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-316: THE ART OF SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Wednesdays, 7 pm to 9 pm

A great photograph requires an understanding of basic photography principles to create an aesthetically pleasing image that the viewer enjoys and connects with. Ron simplifies the technical side of photography and focuses on photography's creative aspect. Learn the secrets of what it is that makes a great photo so great such as composition, the rule of thirds, point of view, angle, colour, and light. Develop and enhance your own creative style in this class and tell compelling stories to draw the viewer into your photos. Learn to use the latest apps to effectively capture and edit great shots that you will be eager to share with others. Lots of one on one and positive critiques in this fun and engaging class.

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


THURSDAYS

Start date April 23 unless otherwise noted


This class is 6 weeks     Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-317: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION WATER SOLUBLE OILS /ACRYLICS

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."

This class is 6 weeks     Course Fee: $150   Members: $135  

S1-318: CREATIVE PAINTING IN ACRYLICS or WATER SOLUBLE OILS

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Susan Del Bianco
Thursdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

In this course learn how to break down and simplify images while you practice the unique techniques employed by Georgia O’Keeffe and the Group of 7. Susan will start you off with a solid foundation as she guides you through the essential elements of composition, line, and colour. Embrace the creative process through use of positive and negative shapes, bright, bold colour and how to refine your style through experimentation and practice. This class is suitable for beginners or for those with a little experience. Lots of demos and one on one. Material List

Sue had a very friendly and helpful manner.
Sue made suggestions that made our work better and was great at demonstrating techniques.

This class is 6 weeks     Course Fee: $195   Members: $180
Basic metal supplies and use of tools are included

S2-319: JEWELLERY MAKING AND BEYOND

Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Gular Mustafa
Thursdays, 7 pm to 9:30 pm

In this class you will learn how to design and create beautiful handmade jewellery. Familiarize yourself with the equipment and basic metalsmithing techniques for working with silver, copper, and brass. Learn sawing, piercing, filing, forming, soldering, and finishing. Gular will encourage you to create, experience, and explore your creativity as you fashion an original and unique 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.

Gular definitely knows her craft. Very creative!
Gular encourages and supports students in their work


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 and scent free.


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