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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.
Table covers are mandatory

Please read our workshop refund policies before signing up for any class

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2017 Workshops


Encaustic and Beyond with Instructor - Erna de Vries

Venture into the Realm of Wax, Concrete and Metal
Participants will be introduced to the application of concrete compound to wooden cradled panels, incorporating metals, applying personal image transfers and storage/shipping box solutions.  After initial review and demonstrations, time will be devoted to planning compositions, selecting, heating and applying wax to metals, applying concrete compound to panels,(with overnight curing time) and artwork storage.  Erna will demonstrate her method of storing and shipping encaustic artworks and materials will be provided for participants to create their own storage box using foam and glassine. The second day participants will continue to work on wax and metal applications, additional techniques, image transfers, finishing of panels.  Dialogue, discussion and interaction will round out the encaustic experience. Reclaimed pieces of cooper, found metal, washers, etc. will be available while larger pieces of cooper can be cut and shaped to size. If requested personal image transfers will be prepared for you by the instructor and be available at the workshop to transfer into the compositions.
All supplies will be provided however please feel free to bring additional flat metal items. This workshop provides opportunity for participants who already have a working knowledge of encaustic to use existing techniques and expand their repertoire.  Workshop is limited to 8 participants

 

This 2 day workshop takes place:
Saturday September 16 & Sunday September 17
10 am to 4pm
Cost $295.00 which includes supplies

 

 

For additional workshop details contact Erna de Vries via the office:
info@oakvilleartsociety.com

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About Erna De Vries: 

 

Erna is an artist and educator whose passion for art has driven her to explore and experiment with diverse media and challenge students who have come under her guidance. With an interest in depicting the urban industrialized landscape, she utilizes wax, concrete, reclaimed metal, collage and image transfers. Erna is drawn to encaustic for its luminous, spontaneous qualities and the unique melting/solidifying process. Erna holds a B.A in Art/Art History, B.ED, Honours Art Specialist, Plastic/ Fine Arts Certificates and is a certified Enkaustikos instructor. Her work has been shown in national and international juried shows, a solo show in Richmond VA, featured artist at McMaster Innovation Park and an article on her working methods and techniques can be found in the on line Spring 2015 issue of Encaustic Arts Magazine."I make art out of an intuitive response to be creative; to challenge and break down boundaries while maintaining a reverence for the relationship between our created and man-made worlds". http://www.ernadevriesart.com/

 


The Beauty of Decorative Painting with Instructor Heather Redick

Everyone can learn the art of decorative painting. In this exciting new three-day workshop, renowned decorative artist Heather Redick will teach the methods of decorative painting on trays with elements that celebrate the holiday season. Heather will walk you through the preliminaries of colour mixing and brush control. She will guide you through the brush strokes, from the simplest comma-stroke leaf, to the more elaborate shading, highlighting and streaking effects that form the foundation of your beautiful creation. You will be simply amazed with the results.

Please note: Large Tray 20" x 14" (sealed, sanded, base coated and patterned), paint, project photo, and colour worksheets are included in cost.

 

 

This 3 day workshop takes place:
Saturday, Sunday and Monday - October 14, 15 and 16
9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Please bring your lunch
$320.00 for non-members / $300.00 for members

 

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Sign up early, as space is limited
Participants are responsible for brushes, paper towels, tools (palette knife), palette. Heather will have brushes available for sale.

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About Heather Redick, CDA: 

I've been painting since the early 90's. Since then I've been lucky enough to travel the world, doing 'how to' seminars - places like Japan, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, USA. I have made so many wonderful friends through painting. My greatest joy has been to watch artists develop their skills before my eyes - to witness them as they realize just what they have accomplished!  I've written several books, hundreds of instructional packets, presented at trades shows all over North America, and worked with a variety of art material manufacturers.  Zhostovo florals has been a passion mainly because of the precise stroke work and intricate borders involved.   I also love landscapes and have more recently enjoyed painting seascapes.  I work mostly in oils but many of the floral pieces are done with acrylic. I host workshops at my home in Zurich, Ontario and will travel just about anywhere to provide project or technique seminars - in oils or acrylic media.  I would love it if you would come and paint with me. I promise to share as much as possible with you and assist you on your road to your potential. www.heatherredick.com


Painting with a Post-Impressionist Flare- Paint Loose and Free With Instructor Keith Thirgood

Want to paint BOLDER, more colourful, less inhibited? Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin- think vivid colours, thick applications of paint and real life subject matter,
Keith starts you off with modern colour theory and a palette that makes colour mixing easy. Then you’ll experiment with composition, design, shapes and values. Get these right and you are half way to a good painting. You will work from a projected image, as if you were in front of the actual scene. Simplification and interpretation are encouraged. Keith will be mentoring you throughout the process. This workshop is best suited to experienced beginners and intermediate. Acrylics. Materials list

 

This 2-day workshop takes place:
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29
9 am to 4pm Please bring your lunch
$275.00 for non-members / $250.00 for members

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About Keith Thirgood: 

Keith is a largely self-taught artist, painting mainly landscapes. His style has been described as Post-Impressionism in the Canadian tradition or Canadian Reductionism. He’s influenced by post-impressionist artists like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, as well as Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven plus artists like Don Cavin, Mike Svob, and Connie Hayes.

Keith is president of the Ontario Plein Air Society, a member of Kawartha Artist Gallery and Studio, Prince Edward County Arts Council, Markham Arts Council, Arts Society of King, Pine Ridge Arts Council, East Central Ontario Art Association (ECOAA) and the Markham Group of Artists. He has taught painting for the Town of Richmond Hill and the Aurora Cultural Centre as well as private students in his studio and in downtown Toronto. Groups such as the Don Valley Art Club, Art Guild of Scarborough and the East Central Ontario Art Association hire him to give workshops and seminars.

Keith also runs a number of plein air workshops and retreats every year. This year he’s in Ottawa Valley, Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park and Killarney. Plus, he hosts a number of Plein Air Workshops in the Peterborough area. See Keith's art or check out his retreats and workshops at www.wilsonstreetstudios.com


Mixed Media - Assembled Works with instructor Alice Vander Vennen

Create a framed, (10” x 10”) three-dimensional assemblage that juxtaposes paper, copper, textile, and paintings. Allow the rich textures, brilliant colours and nuanced lines of the various media to interact with the mysterious beauty of the found object, a stone or the weathered copper.  Create an evocative and exciting composition that combines the most unlikely elements to build a new narrative, one that speaks of roads travelled and stories found, one that becomes the keeper of stories.

Instruction will be given in how to combine different materials in an art piece, how to create a composition using a number of components, and how to connect the various materials. Instruction will also be given in how to mount and frame the art work. Participants will be encouraged to bring and use a variety of materials.  If a participant would like to work primarily with textiles, you’re welcome to bring your sewing machine.

This 2-day workshop takes place:
Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26
10 am to 4pm
Cost $225.00 which includes most supplies*

 

 

*Participants are asked to bring:
remnants or any small pieces of fibre work material that can be cut and re-positioned into an art piece
small stones, branches, leaves or any natural material
sewing materials such as threads, yarn, and needle and scissors

 

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About Alice Vander Vennen:

Alice has worked as a professional artist since 1980. A child of immigrant parents who left war-torn Holland, Alice has used her art to capture stories of loss and hope; courage and strength. First trained as a sculptor at Calvin College, USA, with further training at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Alice now works in three-dimensional assemblage, participating in numerous exhibitions throughout North America. Her work is in public, private and corporate collections both here and abroad. http://alicevandervennen.ca/

 


Encaustic Explorations with Instructor Erna de Vries

Under Erna's expert guidance you will experience the joy of creating by painting with Encaustic. This introductory workshop will explore endless possibilities and provide basic skills and techniques necessary for working in encaustic painting, while students with prior experience will be able to expand their techniques. You will be introduced to: studio safety, materials/tools, melting/fusing, colour mixing, texturing/collage, and photo transfers.  Plenty of time will be allotted for participants to experiment with demonstrated techniques using a variety of supports, and create individual works of art. If you already paint, you will discover how you can incorporate Encaustic into your art but you won't need any experience to take this workshop.

 

This 1 day workshop is limited to 8 students and takes place
Saturday, December 2nd
10 am to 4pm
Cost $150.00 which includes supplies

 

 

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About Erna de Vries: 

Erna is an artist and educator whose passion for art has driven her to explore and experiment with diverse media and challenge students who have come under her guidance. With an interest in depicting the urban industrialized landscape, she utilizes wax, concrete, reclaimed metal, collage and image transfers. Erna is drawn to encaustic for its luminous, spontaneous qualities and the unique melting/solidifying process. Erna holds a B.A in Art/Art History, B.ED, Honours Art Specialist, Plastic/ Fine Arts Certificates and is a certified Enkaustikos instructor. Her work has been shown in national and international juried shows, a solo show in Richmond VA, featured artist at McMaster Innovation Park and an article on her working methods and techniques can be found in the on line Spring 2015 issue of Encaustic Arts Magazine."I make art out of an intuitive response to be creative; to challenge and break down boundaries while maintaining a reverence for the relationship between our created and man-made worlds". http://www.ernadevriesart.com/

 

 



2018 Workshops


 

Essential Landscape Class - Negative Painting Techniques in Watercolour with Instructor Linda Kemp

Conjure the spirit of the landscape in this innovative program. Discover secrets and strategies for interpreting and simplifying the landscape as you build your painting from the ground up with overlapping bands and interlocking shapes. 
Learn negative painting strategies and the successful sequencing of opaque and transparent glazes to create a luxurious patina and gentle glow in your work. Whether you work on location, from your imagination or photos, you will be amazed by this elegant, alternative method of creating the landscape.
Explore brushwork techniques for creating textures and subtle transitions of delicate tints and muted hues and how to layer lost and found edges to suggest windswept meadows and distant trees. Investigate where to use captured negatives and establish minimal hard edges to gradually bring your work into soft focus.
We will be working in watercolor, but these strategies will work with all painting mediums. You will be amazed at the difference this essential program will make in the way you see and paint!

This 2 day workshop takes place:
Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19,  2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Please bring your lunch
$300.00 for non-members / $285.00 for members
Sign up early, as space is limited

Membership status
 

 

**Please read Acclaimed artist refund policy before you sign up

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About Linda Kemp:

A full time artist, Linda frequently instructs and lectures at national symposiums and watercolour workshops throughout Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture and in 2008 received the AJ Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Watercolour, the top award for the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour National Juried Exhibition.
Linda is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolours and innovative use of negative painting. She is the author of two books: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines - A Positive Approach to Negative Painting and Simplifying Design and Color For Artists - Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques (North Light pub.) and four instructional Dvds. Kemp is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Ontario Society of Artists and The Society of Canadian Artists and was given honorary membership in the Society for all Artists (UK). This artist is profiled in Canadian Who’s Who, Who’s Who of Canadian Women, The Dictionary of International Biography, The 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.
Her award winning paintings are in private, public, and corporate collections around the world, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and the private collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Her paintings and articles have been featured in publications such as Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, Watermedia Focus, Palette Magazine and The Watercolour Gazette. Castle, U.K.

Transforming Imagery - Negative Painting Evolution with Acrylic With Instructor Linda Kemp

Indulge in artistic exploration as you learn how to transform literal representation of nature's patterns and birds into evocative, gently abstracted paintings. Investigate effective strategies for stylizing and modifying imagery that focus on simplified design possibilities and basic color concepts to empower self-expression and express your unique creativity. 
In this essential program you will learn tactics for creative interpretation of subject matter and negative painting concepts. Discover how to build with warm and cool light and secrets for sequencing layers to evoke a sense of mystery. Linda’s simplified color and design concepts will provide you with fresh approach to self-expression using luminous transparent and opaque acrylics on canvas, claybord and mylar sheets.
This stimulating, fun workshop offers demonstrations, prepared notes and individual painting time guided by friendly, helpful advice. You will take home a number of small studies and finished pieces. You will also acquire skills that will make you a more capable, accomplished painter.

 

**This 3 day workshop takes place:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday- June 20 to 22, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Please bring your lunch
$450.00 for non-members / $425.00 for members
Sign up early, as space is limited

Membership status
 

 

**Please read Acclaimed artist refund policy before you sign up

 

 

Linda Kemp
Linda Kemp

 

 

About Linda Kemp:

A full time artist, Linda frequently instructs and lectures at national symposiums and watercolour workshops throughout Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture and in 2008 received the AJ Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Watercolour, the top award for the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour National Juried Exhibition.
Linda is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolours and innovative use of negative painting. She is the author of two books: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines - A Positive Approach to Negative Painting and Simplifying Design and Color For Artists - Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques (North Light pub.) and four instructional Dvds. Kemp is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Ontario Society of Artists and The Society of Canadian Artists and was given honorary membership in the Society for all Artists (UK). This artist is profiled in Canadian Who’s Who, Who’s Who of Canadian Women, The Dictionary of International Biography, The 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.
Her award winning paintings are in private, public, and corporate collections around the world, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and the private collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Her paintings and articles have been featured in publications such as Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, Watermedia Focus, Palette Magazine and The Watercolour Gazette. Castle, U.K.


OAS Workshop Refund Policies :

Artist Workshops:

There is a $25.00 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw from a workshop 14 days prior to the first day of class. If withdrawal is made after this date, the total registration fee is non-refundable. There will be no discounts, refunds, credits or transfers for classes not attended. A full refund will be issued if there is insufficient enrollment or if OAS cancels the class. If you have questions about these policies please call before you enroll. All cancellations must be made in writing via email to info@oakvilleartsociety.com.


Acclaimed Artist Workshops **

A deposit of $300 is applied as a pre-payment of an acclaimed artist workshop. A refund, less a $75.00 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw from this workshop 3 months prior to the start of the workshop date. If withdrawal is made after this date, the total deposit fee is non-refundable. There will be no discounts, refunds, credits or transfers for workshop not attended due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. All cancellations must be made in writing via email to info@oakvilleartsociety.com. Should this workshop is cancelled by us; all money will be promptly refunded. If you have questions about these policies please call before you enroll.


Registration:

All our instructors are experienced artists who have made a special time commitment to bring you the best of their expertise and to help you develop artists in the media of your choice. Whether you are new to art, or have experience, you will benefit from the accumulated knowledge and skill of each these talented instructors.


The Fine Print :
  1. When you sign up online you will receive a class confirmation emailed to you
  2. Registrations must be received a minimum of one week prior to class start
  3. Adult classes are geared to ages 18+.
  4. Adult students provide their own supplies.
  5. Please note that NO turpentine/linseed oil based solvents will be permitted. Oil painters must clean their brushes with vegetable oil or soap & water. Alternately, water-based oil paints are available at all art suppliers.
  6. Start dates are estimates only and may be subject to change.
  7. All students have the right to learn in a positive and creative environment. If any student disrupts the learning of others, or is disrespectful towards others, he or she will be given one warning by the instructor. In the case of a child the parent/guardian will be notified in writing by the program coordinator. Failure to correct the disruptive behaviour will result in the student's removal from the course with no reimbursement of fees.
  8. The OAS does not offer make-up classes for students who are unable to attend scheduled classes.
  9. Payment must accompany registration. You may pay for your classes and workshops through our secure payment gateway. These are secured transactions and your credit card information is never stored. If you wish, you may ask to have a Paypal invoice sent to you.
  10. Weather-related closures will be posted on the front page of our website under the “What's Happening Now at OAS” header before the start of class.

Gift Certificates :

Give your friends and loved ones something special Gift certificates are available at the OAS and may be applied to a class or workshop of choice. We have many popular classes, so encourage early sign ups.

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Gift certificates are valid for two years from the date of purchase and can be redeemed for a class or workshop offered by the OAS, either onsite or offsite.
If the class/workshop is cancelled by the OAS for any reason, the Gift Certificate is still valid with its original expiry date.
Classes/workshops are filled on a first-come basis. 


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

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