Classes & Workshops

There’s always a lot of exciting stuff going on at Oakville Art Society. Join in the fun!


Before Registering

  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 tablecloths (readily available 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.

  • Level 2 to 3 Instructor: Shelley Prior Mondays, 9:30am - 12:30pm
    April 8 to May 13 (6 weeks) 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
  • Level 2 to 3 Instructor: Shelley Prior Mondays, 1pm to 4pm 
    April 8 to May 13 (6 weeks) 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
  • Level 1 to 1+ Instructor: Carolyn Hassard Mondays, 6:30pm to 9pm
    Starts on April 15 (8 weeks). There is no class on Monday, May 20 for Victoria Day. 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
  • Level 1+ Instructor: Jamie Lo Tuesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm
    Start date April 16 (8 weeks)
    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
  • Level 1+ Instructor: Heather deHaan Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm 
    Start date April 16 (8 weeks) 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
  •  Level 1 to 1+ Instructor: Carolyn Hassard Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm 
    Start date April 16th (8 weeks) 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
  • Level 1+ Instructor: Tritan Braho Tuesdays, 7pm to 10pm
    Start date April 16 (8 weeks) 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
  • Level 2 to 3+ Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Start date April 17 (8 weeks) 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
  • Level 1+ Instructor: Tritan Braho Wednesdays, 2 pm to 4 pm
    Start date April 17 (8 weeks) 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
  • Level 3 to 4 Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Start date April 18 (8 weeks) 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
  • Level 1 to 1+ Instructor: Diane McEntee Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Start date April 18 (8 weeks) 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
  • Level 2 Instructor: Tritan Braho Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm
    Start date April 18 (8 weeks) 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