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MONDAY

Start date April 15th unless otherwise noted   There is no class on Monday, May 20 for Victoria Day


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

S1-301: Drawing Portraits from Photographs for Beginners

Level 1
Instructor: Saja Rabah
Mondays, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Successfully drawing the human face is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, artistic experiences. In this class, Saja, will guide you step by step as you learn to realistically render the head and face. Capture the crucial features of the human face such as eyes, noses mouths and expressions accurately. Working from photographs or selfies, you will be guided in the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure and composition. Lots of tips and tricks to create varied textures and details for a realistic, lifelike portrait. Materials List

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This class is 6 weeks   April 8 to May 13   Course Fee: $190   Members: $165   

S2-302: Waterscapes in Watercolour

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

There are so many things to explore when painting water. There are ponds, rivers, lakes, oceans and waterfalls. We will look at a variety of techniques to create realistic scenes that have sparkle, waves, splashing water, reflections. We might even take a look at the world beneath the waves! Join Shelley for this fun and focused look at one of the most popular subjects for painting in watercolour. 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 6 weeks   April 8 to May 13   Course Fee: $190   Members: $165   

S2-303: Small Creatures in Watercolour

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

From forests, farms, lakes and even our own backyards, spring is always brimming with new life and baby creatures. Let's explore some of the ways to create soft fur, feathers, friendly bugs and more in this technique-rich course, celebrating spring. Materials List

" My understanding and technical comfort of in watercolour painting has improved by leaps and bounds, with helpful instructions given by Shelley. "
" Shelley not only knows how to paint with watercolour, but she is a wonderful TEACHER too ! Learned a lot ! "
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This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-304: Your First Painting in Oil

Level 1
Instructor: Layla Abdulhadi
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

In this class Layla uses a step-by-step approach to teach you oil painting methods while exploring the still-life genre. You will familiarize yourself with the basic tools, materials, and techniques of oil painting. Learn how to use the colour wheel, understand principles such as value, edges, composition, and proportion. Practice brushwork and develop the skills needed to depict volume, space, movement and texture. Once comfortable with the basic tools you will learn to draw and paint simple still life. Learning to paint with oils can seem daunting, but in this class, Layla will provide absolute beginners simple methods to help remove fear and promote your artistic confidence. Materials List

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This class is 8 weeks Course Fee: $210   Members: $185

S1-305: Contemporary Abstract Painting in Acrylics for Beginners

Level 1 to 1+
Instructor: Carolyn Hassard
Mondays, 6:30pm to 9pm

In this relaxed, supportive class Carolyn explores the language of abstract painting. She introduces you to techniques and materials to create expressive, nonobjective works of art. Create compelling abstract compositions as you explore the development of abstract forms and find the balance between spontaneity and control. Distill objects into new imagery as you learn to subtract, expand, isolate, redefine, and translate from a photo or sketch. There are no mistakes in this class and you are encouraged to bring an open mind and playful attitude. Lots of individual attention and demos. Materials list

" Hands Down…….Carolyn ran the most informative, amazing class! "
" I would definitely recommend this class to anyone looking to expand their minds and skills. "
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TUESDAY

Start date April 16 unless otherwise noted


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

S1-306: Drawing Core Elements: Texture

Level 1
Instructor: Saja Rabah
Tuesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Texture is one of the seven elements of art and design. Texture is added to drawings to give them more depth and to add visual interest. The ability to convey texture: like the rough feel of bark, the soft fur of an animal, the smooth and reflective nature of glass to drawings makes them appear more realistic. In this class, Saja will take your drawing to the next level, as you continue to develop your confidence and skill at rendering three-dimensional forms. She will cover techniques in proportions, perspective, shape, space, value and texture. Learn to work in both graphite and charcoal and how to convey a sense of space and light with hatching, stippling, scumbling and blending. Materials List

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

S2-307: Capturing the Essence of Spring in Watercolour

Level 1+
Instructor: Jamie Lo
Tuesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm

As spring unfolds its vibrant tapestry, the beauty of nature's colours comes alive with a spectacular display of blossoming flowers and lively birds. This watercolour course is designed to enhance your ability to observe and appreciate spring and all her colours. Focus on the delicate interplay of colours found in flowers and the plumage of birds, as Jamie guides you through various techniques that enable you to capture the essence of springtime. Whether it's the soft colours of petals, buds and leaves or the bold brilliance of a bird, she invites you to explore the wonderful palette of nature, and hone your watercolour skills to capture this awakening season on paper. Materials List

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

S1-308: Artistic Expression: Painting in Acrylics

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

Delve into the creative and technical versatility of acrylic painting. Artist/instructor Heather will encourage you to strengthen your core painting skills in colour, tone, space, texture and line. This course emphasizes experimentation with acrylic techniques as well as composition, colour mixing and layering, colour harmony, design and brush techniques. 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. The emphasis is on fun and creativity as Heather guides you and encourages you to try it all. 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

S2-309: The Intuitive Artist: Art Journaling

Level 1 to 1+
Instructor: Carolyn Hassard
Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm

The process of art journaling is an amazing tool for self- expression and way to nurture your creativity. In this class Carolyn sparks your imagination and encourages the exploration of intuitive art- journaling. She encourages you to leave your inhibitions behind as you play with materials, media, colour and mark making to create a dynamic journal / sketchbook that can be a work of art in itself. Artists of all skill levels will have fun experimenting and applying new techniques that build confidence in your creative journey. Lots of individual attention as you uncover your own path, your own voice, your own style, while sustaining and enriching your art practice. Materials List

Carolyn is very encouraging and always full of great ideas!
I'll be signing up for Carolyn's class again next term. It's a pleasure to be in her class.
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This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-310: Composing Better Landscapes in Water-Soluble Oils or Acrylics

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

In this class Tritan will teach you how to reconstruct a landscape scene in order to keep the viewer engaged. Learn basic and advanced techniques for perspective, atmospheric effects, light and form, colour, composition and all the aspects of creating convincing depth in your landscape paintings. Understand how to simplify the elements of the landscape, which to emphasize, and which to edit out. Capture the essential aspects of your chosen scene and create a strong composition with a successful outcome. Lots of demos and encouragement to take your painting from start to finish. Materials List

"An incredible and knowledgeable instructor! I learned so much"
"Tritan is friendly, well prepared and encouraging"
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This class is 6 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S2-311: Brush, Paint & Canvas: Fun in Acrylics

Level 1
Instructor: Julie Wurtele
Tuesdays, 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! Materials List

" Julie is a DELIGHT! I went from stick figures to pretty good acrylic painting just in 6 weeks."
" Julie exhibited tremendous passion for teaching this course. She has inspired me to continue on with returning to the field of art after a 40 year hiatus."
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WEDNESDAY

Start date April 17th unless otherwise noted


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

S1-312: Creativity through Art in Abstraction- All mediums

Level 2 to 3+
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

An abstract art class can be an exciting and creative endeavour through freedom of expression. Find your inspiration through your surroundings, emotions, memories, and imagination. Class content includes exploring techniques such as layering, dripping, splattering, collage and more. Colour theory, mixing colours and composition will be included with the use of acrylics, watercolours, oil pastels, water soluble oil paints, charcoal, mixed media, and found objects. Includes instructor feedback and demonstrations. Materials 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

S2-313: Focus on Drawing Techniques

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

The most fundamental skill for any artist is the ability to draw properly. It is the true point of departure for most artistic endeavors. In this class Diana will help you hone the technical and perceptual skills needed to draw with confidence. Through demonstrations and hands on exercises she teaches you all about rendering forms, shading, quality of line, how to control values and organize the overall composition. The techniques, and tricks in this class can dramatically improve and give confidence to your drawing skills. Whether you're picking up a drawing pencil for the first time or seeking to advance your current skills, this course will expose you to the joys of drawing. 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: $170   Members: $150

S1-314: Everyday Objects - Making Small Works of Art in Acrylics

Level 1+
Instructor: Tritan Braho
Wednesdays, 2 pm to 4 pm

There are many steps required to learn the fine art of realism. In this class you will learn to draw and paint and see like an artist. Tritan will take you through the steps to paint everyday ordinary objects; paper, keys, jugs, fruit, and capture details that make your small art work a success. He will focus on the different stages of capturing a still life with particular attention to accurate drawing and colour. The basics of painting such as composition, values, edges, shapes, shadows, and highlights will be stressed. Each step builds on the previous one, so you constantly refine your skills. Lots of demos and one on one. Materials List

"I have NEVER learned so much in such a short time span as I did in Tritan’s class"
"Just finished Tritan’s still life class. He clearly has a passion and genuine enthusiasm for art and for teaching, and I feel he went over and above to ensure every student received individualized instruction"
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This class is 4 weeks   Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

S2-315: Plants and Flowers in Watercolour

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

Find creative inspiration to capture the beauty of plants and flowers in watercolour. Diana will teach you techniques that will capture the forms and colours of blossoms and leaves. She gives step-by-step instruction to help you build the skills you need to realistically paint plants and flowers: leaves, veins, stems, and branches. Learn how to add detail to create convincing texture, add depth and how to depict the light, luminosity and delicate character of flowers to your art. Lots of tips for creating composition, understanding and seeing value, transferring photo references. Materials List

"Diana was so nice and very knowledgeable on the subject of watercolour. She was very patient and able to answer all our questions"
"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   This class Starts May 15   Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

S2-316: Landscape Painting: Light and Shadow - Watercolour

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

Light depicted in a landscape painting adds drama, mood and movement. Diana will show you how to create stronger paintings by gaining a better understanding of how lights and darks work together to create interest in your work. Working from photographs you will examine the basic components of landscape painting through a wide variety of techniques that form the basis of every watercolourist’s repertoire: composition, perspective, colour and detail, creating shadows, saving whites and how to prevent overworking your paintings. Expand your understanding and dexterity of watercolour while you refine your personal painting style. Lots of demos and one on one. 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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THURSDAY

Start date April 18th unless otherwise noted


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

S1-317: Landscape Painting w/ optional Mixed Media - Acrylic /Water Based Oil

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This landscape class with the option of adding mixed medium 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. 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. Materials List

"I thoroughly enjoyed my recent class with Judy Mayer-Grieve. She was positive and helpful."
"Judy is an excellent teacher, very supportive. I learned a lot and highly recommend her class."
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This class is 8 weeks   Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S1-318: Contemporary Coloured Pencil Drawing

Level 1 to 1+
Instructor: Jamie Lo
Thursdays, 1pm to 4pm

Coloured pencils combine the expressiveness of painting with the precision and control of drawing. In this class, Jamie builds upon the foundations of a basic drawing class by introducing colour to the paper. She will demonstrate the creative possibilities of working with this highly versatile artistic medium. Learn the fundamentals of drawing and coloured-pencil techniques; composition, light and shade, mixing colours, layering, and texture. Gain an understanding of colour theory, colour combinations, and drawing techniques essential for creating basic still life drawings and rapid sketches. Demos and lots of one-on-one attention. Materials List

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This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $210   Members: $185

S1-319: Fundamentals of Watercolour for Beginners

Level 1 to 1+
Instructor: Diane McEntee
Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Relax and enjoy as you discover the spontaneity so unique to watercolour. In this course, Diane, takes you on a watercolour adventure where you learn to simplify and control the fascinating interaction between water, paint, and paper. Focus on handling edges, backgrounds, negative painting, learn how to add washes, layers, and texture. From florals to scenery, you will have fun learning the techniques needed to create a successful watercolour painting while finding your own style. Demos and lots of individual attention. Materials List

" Diane - a great artist and teacher - very regularly walked around to check on each of us and helped us individually. A very nice touch! "
" I've taken level 1 beginner courses before in watercolour - this was the best course I've taken. She is particularly good at encouraging students. "
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This class is 8 weeks     Course Fee: $250   Members: $220

S2-320: The Canadian Landscape in Acrylic or Water-Soluble Oils

Level 2
Instructor: Tritan Braho
Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm

Painting landscapes well is a challenging subject; it may be what you leave out, not what you put in that makes your painting successful. In this class Tritan will focus on the techniques needed in painting the mood and elements of the Canadian landscape: skies, rocks, water, and trees. He will assist you in the application of more complex techniques as you develop a better understanding of composition, design and values, aspects of light, effects of colour and aerial and linear perspective as it pertains to landscape painting. Understand how to accurately transfer the composition to the canvas with a few simple steps as you paint from your chosen reference photos. Demos and lots of individual attention. Materials List

"Tritan is not only an accomplished artist but also great teacher. Week after week he generously supported us based on our level. "
" I had a wonderful experience with Tritan. He is encouraging and provides valuable and honest feedback on my paintings."
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FRIDAY

Start date April 19th unless otherwise noted


This class is 6 weeks Course Fee includes model costs: $240 Members: $215

S1-321: Portrait Painting: Secrets of the Masters - Water-Soluble Oils

Level 1+ to 2
Instructor: Connie Lee
Fridays, 6:30pm to 9:30 pm

All great painters have learned by copying great masterworks. In this course, Connie Lee provides in-depth lessons designed for successful portrait painting. Understand the fundamentals of good portraiture: accurate drawing, angle and proportion, value, temperature, edge, and capturing the essence of the subject. Explore these principles by copying John Singer Sargent's self-portrait, and then working from a live model. Getting to know your subject in person and being able to capture the feeling of the person is an exciting element of portrait art. Painting from life will provide you a chance to leap to the next level of your journey as a portrait artist. Materials List

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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 1+ Advanced Beginner: You have some experience and training in the medium. You are looking to develop technique, design and compositional skills.

Level 2 Intermediate: You understand the techniques and tools of the medium. You have good drawing and design skills, and the ability to work independently.

Level 3 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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