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Her 48” x 36” - Oil on canvas "Peregrination" was selected for the 2020 winter Brochure Cover
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MONDAYS

Start date January 13 unless otherwise noted   Note: There is no class on Monday Feb 17.


This class is 7 weeks     Course Fee: $170   Members: $155  - CLASS SOLD OUT

S1-201: COMPOSITION: PHOTO TO CANVAS- ACRYLIC OR WATER BASED OIL

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

In this class Robin will address the challenges of painting great compositions from a photograph. He will cover the techniques needed for dynamic compositions; elements of design, how to organize value patterns, develop form through light and shadow relationships, and the power of warm and cool colours. Move confidently into painting knowing how to create a successful composition that engages the viewer with the painting. 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

S2-202: CAPTURING THE LIGHT IN WATERCOLOUR

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

In the course Shelley goes beyond the basics of paint application, and teaches you painting techniques to add the luminous qualities of light in your art. You will create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how to produce and capture the beauty of light. Know how to use light and dark values effectively, how to add visual movement and value/colour relationship, all of which contribute to the mood of the painting and the emotional response of the viewer. Demos and individual critiques. Materials List

"Shelly'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 6 weeks     Course Fee: $150   Members: $135

S1-203: PAINTING PORTRAITS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS IN WATERCOLOUR

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

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"
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This class is 8 weeks   Starts Jan 6   Course Fee: $300   Members: $285   All Supplies are included

S1-204: PAINTING FOR THE TIMID- FUN WITH ACRYLICS

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

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!"
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This class is 6 weeks     Course Fee: $150   Members: $135  - CLASS SOLD OUT

S2-205: FUN WITH WATERCOLOUR

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

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"


TUESDAYS

Start date January 14 unless otherwise noted


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

S1-206: MAKING THE MOST OF ACRYLIC MEDIUMS

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

Enjoy learning about and experimenting with the many different mediums – in the form of grounds, pastes, glazes and additives. These products are all designed to enhance the use of acrylic paints and may also be used with watercolour and mixed media. You will acquaint yourself with these new products and experiment with new techniques, while pushing the limits of your creativity. You will find new ways to depict your subject matter and express your personal vision. This course is suitable for the new artist as well as the more experienced artist who wishes to add these new mediums to their practice. Materials List

"Heidi is a great teacher! She is so very encouraging"
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This class is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-207: THE BEAUTY & WHIMSY OF FOLK ART- PETS AND FLOWERS

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

Learn to draw and paint charming pet and floral folk art with a colourful, modern twist. In this exciting new class, 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. Material List

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*Starts Feb 11*   This classes is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S1-208: THE BEAUTY & WHIMSY OF FOLK ART- BUILDINGS & LANDSCAPES

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

Learn to draw and paint landscapes and buildings in folk art style with a colourful, modern twist. In this exciting new class, 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. Material List

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

S1-209: FUN WITH WATERCOLOUR

Level 1 to 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 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S1-210: DRAWING FOR PAINTING - WATER-SOLUBLE OILS AND ACRYLICS

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

Having trouble getting that drawing from photograph onto canvas? In this class Robin offers a number of easy solutions. Get a better understanding of how perspective works to make your paintings more 3-dimensional and how to translate that from photo onto the painting surface. Start with pencil and paper and then work up to drawing on canvas with a brush and paint. Robin will show how to figure out the big shapes and then how to add in the details after. The focus is to paint how you see versus just copying a photograph. 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"
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*Starts Feb 11*   This classes is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S1-211: COLOUR MIXING FOR WATER-SOLUBLE OILS AND ACRYLICS

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

Colour mixing is an essential skill for all artists. In this class Robin takes you through the techniques needed to understand colour and the fundamentals that go into making a great painting. Working with a limited palette of blue, red, yellow, burnt umber and white, Robin will show you how to mix 99% of the colour you need. Go through a number of colour mixing exercises and cover key elements in understanding and using colour effectively to give you the skills you need to get the colour you want. Once you understand colour and proper colour mixing, your paintings will take on a new life. 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   Course Fee: $195   Members: $175

S2-212: VIDEO STORYTELLING & EDITING

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!

I found Paul to be very informative, helpful, pleasant, cooperative and VERY patient.
Highly recommend this class- I learned so much
A laptop and mobile phone is required. Editing app used for this class KineMaster. KineMaster is a FREE video editing app. This app is only compatible with smart/iphones and not laptops.
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WEDNESDAYS

Start date January 15 unless otherwise noted


This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $195   Members: $175

S1-213: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION - WATER SOLUBLE OILS /ACRYLICS   - CLASS 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 4 weeks     Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-214: INTRODUCTION TO STILL LIFE DRAWING

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

"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 8 weeks     Course Fee: $130   Members: $115

S1-215: 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. in an easy and fun way. 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 4 weeks     Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-216: IT’S ALL ABOUT CATS- WATERCOLOUR

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

This class invites you to capture the full grace and irrefutable character of the cat. Diana will show you how to use watercolour to render various feline features, such as different fur textures, expressive eyes, and the sleek shapes and forms that make these animals fun and extraordinary subjects. Explore techniques and tips in working with dry brush textures, underpainting to define form, conserving whites, and colour mixing. 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 4 weeks     Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S1-217: ACRYLIC PAINTS: GET THE RESULTS YOU REALLY WANT

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

In this class Robin will start you off with simple objects and show you the proper methods to work them up to a realistic finish. He will show you how to start with a flat application of paint and then have you progress to different blending and paint application techniques to create the most realistic renderings. These methods can be used for all your acrylic paintings. 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"
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*Starts Feb 12*   This classes is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-218: FEATHERED FRIENDS IN WATERCOLOUR

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

This class celebrates the joy and beauty of birds in watercolour. Diana teaches you, step by step how to achieve accurate proportions, capturing motion, and building up form. Special attention is given to creating realistic textures, such as delicate feathers, markings and eyes. Watercolour is the perfect medium for capturing the textures, patterns and playful personalities of your favorite feathered friend. 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

*Starts Feb 12*   This classes is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $100   Members: $90

S2-219: PAINTING FLORALS IN WATERCOLOURS

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

Learn to draw and create beautiful floral watercolour paintings while learning techniques needed to master the medium. Understand preparation of sketches, composition, and basic colour mixing. Diana will focus on helping you develop basic skills, as you learn to capture a flower's gesture and draw flowers, leaves and stems. while encouraging individual style and creativity. 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."
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THURSDAYS

Start date January 16 unless otherwise noted


This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $195   Members: $175

S1-220: ABSTRACT EXPLORATIONS: FROM LANDSCAPE TO ABSTRACTION USING ACRYLICS AND/OR OILS

Level 2
Instructor: Inga Gircyte
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

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 mixed mediums you will experiment 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. Materials 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     Course Fee: $195   Members: $175

S1-221: 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."
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $130   Members: $115

S2-222: PHONEOGRAPHY: PHONE CAMERA ARTISTRY

Level 2
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Thursdays, 1 pm to 3 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. "
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $195   Members: $175  

S1-223: PAINTING STYLES: O’KEEFFE & THE GROUP OF SEVEN WATER SOLUBLE OILS /ACRYLICS

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

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Group of 7 were inspired by nature and used a variety of techniques to paint the world as they saw it. In this course Sue will teach you how to break down and simplify images while you practice the unique techniques these artists employed. She will take you step by step through the process and details as you learn composition, understand positive and negative shapes and the use of bright, bold colour. The first 4 weeks get inspired with the style of O’Keeffe and the second 4 weeks in the Group of Seven. This class is suitable for beginners or for those with some experience. Material List

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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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