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Class Levels Explained


Studio 1: Adult Art Classes Mondays

Classes are 8 weeks unless otherwise noted   Start January 15

Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $170.00
Note: There is no class Monday, February 19 - Make up class Monday, March 19

S1-201A: PAINT IT RIGHT – CLEAN COLOUR MIXING
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell
Mondays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Do you get frustrated when you are mixing paint and end up with mud? Avoiding muddy colours when mixing paint is a tricky business for artists. Robin will go through a number of exercises showing you how to carefully mix and place the paint on the canvas how to leave it without blending it into the surrounding area colour. Demos at the beginning of each class in both water-soluble oils as well as acrylics. You are welcome to paint you own painting ideas or paint along with Robin. Material List

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S1-202A: CAPTURING THE LIGHT IN WATERCOLOUR
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Shelley Prior
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

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.

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Non Members cost $245.00 Members cost $235.00 All Supplies are included

S1-203A: COLOURS ON CANVAS
Level 1
Instructor: Julie Wurtele
Mondays, 7pm to 9pm

There is an artist in all of us! Begin your creative journey as Julie walks you step-by-step through the process of recreating a painting from scratch. You will be surprised at just how great your painting turns out with a little bit of guidance. Every class allows you to go home with your own personal painted creation. This class offers a one-of-a-kind painting experience for beginners. Come, get inspired, have some fun and unleashed your creativity! All the necessary art supplies are included.

This class was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again!

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Studio 2: Adult Art Classes Mondays

These classes are 4 weeks for 2 hours Start January 15
Non Members cost $75.00 Members cost $65.00

S2-204A: IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY- CELL, POINT/SHOOT, DSLR
Level ALL
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Mondays, 1pm to 3pm

Chase Jarvis said “that the best camera is the one you have with you”, but taking a good photo is no easy skill to master. There are a number of factors that go into shooting a memorable photo, and the same general rules apply to any camera. In this course professional photographer, Ron will help you take your photos from forgetful to interesting in just a few weeks. He will teach you basic fundamentals that when practiced will do amazing things for your photography. Topics covered will include the importance of composition, the rule of thirds, backgrounds, point of view and lighting. This course is for any skill level who wishes to improve their photographic eye. Ron will give demos and lots of guidance. Get creative, take lots of pictures and have fun!

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S2-205A: LAUREL’S FLORALS IN WATERCOLOUR
Level 2  
Instructor: Laurel Best
Mondays, 7 pm to 9 pm

Watercolour is a versatile water-based medium that is perfect for making free-flowing artwork. In this course Laurel will teach you how to paint beautiful floral images using some of her favourite watercolour techniques and photos. She will take you through a short lesson on colour, brushes and basic painting practices. Understand colour blending, creating gradients, and water colour washes while you paint a flower each night. (tulips, poppies, sunflowers, roses). Lots of step-by-step instructions and guidance. Material List

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Studio 1: Adult Art Classes Tuesdays

This class is 5 weeks Start January 16
Cost: Non Members cost $130.00 Members cost $120.00

S1-206A: PAINT STUNNING SKIES
Level 2 to 4
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Learn to paint stunning skies, clouds, sunsets and sunrises as part of expressive landscapes. Learn techniques and colour choices to use in creating vivid skies. You will be guided along the way while working from observation, sketches and photo references. The class is open to acrylics and water based oils, but the instructor will demonstrate in acrylics. Material List

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Classes are 8 weeks Start January 16
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $170.00

S1-207A: GETTING STARTED RIGHT – WATERCOLOUR
Level 1 to 2
Instructor: Laurel Best
Tuesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

This fun and relaxed class is a “first steps” watercolour class. As you explore the beauty and spontaneity of this medium you’ll appreciate the appeal of its watery nature. Learn about brushes, watercolour papers, how to set up your colour palette and brush techniques. Understand which colours are the most transparent, the most staining, and the most intense. Laurel will teach you the basic and advanced techniques of watercolour: washes, controlling edges, resist areas with masking fluid and "wet-on-wet". Lots of demos and guidance. Material List

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S1-208A: ADDING MORE TO YOUR LANDSCAPES
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Robin J Mitchell

Tuesdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

Do you find you shy away from painting what you really want? Robin will show you can how to translate those buildings, people, or animals into your own landscape artwork masterpiece. Broaden your painting ability and get over your fear with tips and tricks. Develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of composition, value, paint application and perspective as it pertains to landscape painting. Bring in what you want to paint and Robin will help and show you how to accomplish this. Demos at the beginning of each class in both water-soluble oils as well as acrylics. You are welcome to paint you own painting ideas or paint along with Robin.

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Studio 2: Adult Art Classes Tuesdays

This class is 4 weeks for 2 hours Start February 13

Non Members cost $75.00 Members cost $65.00

S2-209A: DYNAMIC PHOTOGRAPHY - DSLR CAMERAS
Level 2+
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
 

Want to make your photos consistently better? This course is for beginner and intermediate photographers who wish to understand both the photographic process and how to take better pictures. In this fun and informative class, Ron’s creative vision and hands-on approach will give you the technical skills necessary to develop a strong understanding of the medium. He will guide you through the fundamentals of camera settings, techniques, design and composition and more. A mixture of classroom, assignments, and review will guide you through the process of taking images that capture the viewer and tell a story. This class is geared to DSLR cameras only. Please bring your own digital camera.

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Studio 1: Adult Art Classes Wednesdays

Classes are 8 weeks unless otherwise noted Start January 17
Non Members cost $195.00    Members cost $170.00

S1-210A: INTUITIVE ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Levels 3 to 6
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This class is focused on the unforeseeable. Random and unpredictable form will be the student’s choosing as a formative element. The result of this artwork is often far better with this surprising and experimental approach. Judy encourages each student's individual creative expression and development. Happy surprises, risk taking and emotional connections in abstract painting is key. Using brushes sponges, spatulas, or any tools you wish to explore offers the freedom to explore Other well accomplished artist’s work will also be discussed. Acrylic and Water Based Oil. Material List

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S1-211A: WATERCOLOUR: CITYSCAPES AND LANDSCAPES
Levels 2 to 4
Instructor: Diana Lee
Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm

Learn the basics in the art of creating compelling landscape or cityscape paintings. Become comfortable with the spontaneous nature of watercolour as Diana focus on the fundamentals of working with this medium. Understand the concepts of tone, aerial and linear perspective, composition, colour, and several methods to start a landscape or a cityscape painting. Diana will help you to simplify the image in order to give it greater power, impact, and fluency while you develop your own unique style of painting. Lots of demos and guidance. Bring your own landscape and or cityscape photographs as a reference. Material List

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This class is 5 weeks Start January 17
Cost: Non Members cost $130.00 Members cost $120.00

S1-212A: MIXED MEDIA IN PAINTING
Level 1 to 4
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm

Create innovative and exciting works that combine the versatility and ease of Acrylics with other media, such as pencil crayon, pastels, ink, charcoal and collage. The student will have lots of opportunities to experiment and let their imagination soar as they try different techniques, tools, materials and colour choices. This is for the student who has little experience in painting or the more experienced painter who would like to gain some new inspiration. Material List

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Studio 2: Adult Art Classes Wednesdays

This class is 6 weeks Start January 17
Non Members cost $150.00 Members cost $135.00

S2-213A: DRAWING EXPLORATIONS
Levels 1 to 2
Instructor: Diana Lee
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm
 

Learn the major elements of a good drawing. Working from different still life arrangements each week, students will develop a firm foundation of form, composition, proportion, value and line quality. The limited class size and individual attention make this a perfect introduction to basic drawing. Media used will be pencil, charcoal and pastel. Material List

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This class is 8 weeks 2 hours Start January 17
Non Members cost $160.00 Members cost $140.00 includes cost of model

S2-214A: DRAWING FOR FRAIDY-CATS
Levels 1 to 2
Instructor: Cathy Lorraway
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9 pm
 

This beginner drawing course will help you gain confidence as an artist through teaching you drawing and shading skills in a supportive, fun environment. Cathy walks you through the basics of drawing and the fundamentals of learning how to see and to compose. Develop skills to draw in proportion, using a variety of shading techniques to show light, volume and texture. Topics include drawing from still life and the live model as well as perspective and composition. Class demos and individual instruction provided throughout.

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Studio 1: Adult Art Classes Thursdays

This class is 4 weeks Start January 18
Non Members cost $100.00 Members cost $90.00

S1-215A: INTRODUCTION TO WATER SOLUBLE OIL PAINTS
Level 1
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Thursdays, 9:30 am to 12:30pm

Water-soluble oil paints are the perfect introduction to oil painting, they are oil paints that mix with water and yet behave like traditional oil paints, rendering texture and luminosity with rich colour. They can be thinned and cleaned without harmful solvents. In this class Meru offers an in-depth review of the absolute basics necessary for getting started in oil painting. She will cover such topics as materials, setting up the palette and explore important painting techniques, such as: colour mixing, values, composition, brushwork, paint application, texture, and so much more. This class will give you all of the practical information you need in order to feel comfortable to start to paint in oils.

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This class is 8 weeks Start January 18
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $170.00

S1-216A: EXPLORING YOUR CREATIVITY
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Dive head first into the painting process, set aside any preconceived rules and regulations and open up your creative spirit. Judy will guide you on a journey of imagination using your choice of medium- water based oils, acrylics, or watercolour all the while using tools such as brushes sponges, spatulas, or any tools of your choice. Whether you wish to pursue pure abstraction, landscapes or portraits, Judy will guide and expand your approach to painting often resulting in unexpected discoveries and happy surprises! Material List

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This class is 8 weeks Start January 25
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $170.00

S1-217A: LIGHT | COMPOSITION | EMOTION - WATERCOLOUR
Level 3 to 6
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Thursdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

This class is intended for those with strong previous experience in watercolour painting who wish to continue painting at an advanced level. You will work on several themes and advanced techniques each class as Zan demonstrates and explains how to achieve dynamic effects in paint. Colour relationships, values, edges, temperature of light and shadow will be discussed, as well as the application of value sketches and perspective. You will continue in your own style while gaining inspiration and enthusiasm for future paintings. Zan will provide his own photos for you to work from.

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Studio 2: Adult Art Classes Thursdays

This class is 6 weeks Start January 18
Non Members cost $175.00 Members cost $160.00    includes some supplies*

S2-218A: OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUES: LEARN HOW TO PAINT SEASCAPES AND WAVES
Level 3 to 5
Instructor: Heather Redick
Thursdays, 9:00am to 12:30pm

Water is perhaps one of the most compelling subjects to paint. In this class, well-known artist, Heather shares valuable oil painting techniques to create beautiful seascapes. Learn how to capture and express the various moods of the sea, the building of the wave; and water movement. Stormy tempests to serene lapping of the ocean, they require various techniques, colours and painting processes. As Heather teaches you colour mixing and brush strokes you will learn how to capture brilliant light into your paintings so that water looks like water, with rich, deep colours and alive with movement. Lots of individualized advice and guidance. *All paints and mediums supplied, along with a photo, pattern and written reference.

“Level of detail was amazing– I learned so much” “Class was engaging, challenging and fun”

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This class is 6 weeks Start January 18
Non Members cost $195.00 Members cost $180.00 includes model fees

S2-219A: LIFE DRAWING WITH AN ATTITUDE
Level 2+
Instructor: Helen Hendry
Thursdays: 1 pm to 4pm

Life drawing provides the opportunity to create figures from direct observation, to capture the attitude and emotion of the subject in a moment of time. Helen will start you with quick warm-up poses designed to free your mind and sharpen your awareness. These exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and increased recognition of important body landmarks. You will build confidence in rendering the human figure in a gestural, vital way. This cannot only enhance an already well-seasoned drawing technique, but also help beginning artists to confidently render the human forms they conjure up in their mind’s eye. Lectures, demonstrations and group critiques. Medium: Conté, waterproof pen, oil pastels.

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Class Levels:
Unsure if you are a beginner or intermediate?
  1. Absolute beginner: no experience in an art class since grade school
  2. Beginner with little experience in this medium
  3. Practicing beginner (have taken a few adult classes) with this medium; still at early stages of learning
  4. Beginner - Intermediate have taken a number of classes with this medium and understand elements of design
  5. Intermediate: experienced with this medium and with a good understanding of the principles of composition and elements of design
  6. Advanced with this medium, confident learner who seeks the stimulation and guidance of an instructor and critical discussions of their work.

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.
  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.

Recipient's name Denomination of Certificate
 

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.

Note: There is no class Monday, February 19 - Make up class Monday, March 1

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