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MONDAYS

Start date September 17   Note: There is no class Monday, October 8- Make up class Monday, November 12


This class is 10 weeks     Non Members cost $250   Members cost $225

S1-101: WATER and COASTLINES OF THE WORLD - ACRYLIC OR WATER-BASED OIL

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

In this class Robin shares favorite techniques and expert tricks for painting a wide range of seascape elements. Learn how to capture the depth and drama of water and sky: crashing waves, a lighthouse along a rocky shoreline as light glistening through the clouds, a sleepy, quaint fishing village, or old weather-worn boats tied up to the pier. Learn the importance of movement, values, colour, and depth in order to compose and set the mood of your painting. Robin guides you through to bring life and light to water and sky through demonstrations and individual instruction.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
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This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S1-102: WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPES - THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN

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

In this class you will focus on painting our fall landscape in all its glorious splendor. Get inspired by the intense colours of fall foliage, and discover how lights and darks work together to create a center of interest in your work. Shelley will show you how the illusion of light in a painting adds drama, mood and movement. Understand how composition, perspective, and texture produce lively watercolours that reflect the vibrancy of the season. Bring your own photos of fall, or work from Shelley’s reference materials. Demos and lots of one-on-one instruction. Materials List

"Shelley is a very knowledgeable instructor, and makes sure she devotes time to her students, making suggestions, helping with difficulties her students are experiencing, and ensuring that we come away with tons of information/knowledge we can apply when the class is completed."
"Shelley was so patient, helpful and and inspirational . I highly recommend her class"
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This class is 2 weeks   November 19 & 26   Non Members cost $50   Members cost $45

S1-102-A2: WATERCOLOUR - SEASONAL CARDS OR SMALL ART

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

Celebrate the season with beautifully loose and spontaneous watercolour paintings to use as small wall art or greeting cards. Join Shelley for this 2 week class as she demonstrates how to make the most of the white of your paper and use light, shadow, and reflected colour to create wintery scenes. Explore the fun of miniature art; make your own personal card or to create a treasure to give this holiday season. Materials List

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This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S2-103: MIXED MEDIA IN PASTEL AND WATER MEDIA

Level 2 to 3
Instructor:Heidi Rhode
Mondays, 1pm to 4pm

The combination of Pastels and Acrylics or other wet media is like a marriage made in heaven. The luminosity of certain colours in pastels is almost impossible to replicate in any other media. Acrylics possess an unmatched versatility in application and techniques. Both mediums are ideal for the artist new to painting as they can be reworked, require little clean up and drying time. This course will cover the basics of pastels and acrylics and guide the student through practise and experimentation with the media. The student will have the opportunity to create several polished pieces using still life, florals, and photo references for animals and landscape. Material List

"Heidi’s patient  and methodical approach in teaching will really make you a better artist."
"It was fun and I learnt many new, easy and fresh techniques that looks good when applied."
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $300.00   Members cost $280.00   All Supplies are included

S1-104: COLOURS ON CANVAS IN ACRYLICS

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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This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

S2-105: LANDSCAPES IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 1
Instructor: Laurel Best
Mondays, 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Watercolour is a versatile medium that can be used to tackle any subject. Laurel will teach you how to create beautiful landscapes in this fun and relaxed six-week class! Get to understand watercolour paint, brushes and techniques used to paint skies, trees and land. Laurel demonstrates how to paint landscapes step-by-step, and provides lots of guidance. Learn about composition and perspective in this fun class! Material List

"Laurel’s class was excellent and I have learned a lot. Coming back for her next class"
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TUESDAYS

Start date September 18


This Class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S1-106: EXPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES IN ACRYLICS

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Heidi Rohde
Tuesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Enjoy the many qualities of acrylic paint as you push the boundaries of landscape painting. This class is designed to help you create better and more powerful landscape paintings using your own photo references and imagination. Heidi will teach you how to use elements such as value, colour and space as well as the principles of design in your work. Create an emotional response to your landscape, and learn how to emphasize the main focus and create a strong design. Learn to incorporate other media such as collage and dry media to create excitement in your work. Special topics will include skies, water and trees Material List

"I thoroughly enjoyed Heidi’s class and would highly recommend it."
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This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $150.00   Members cost $135.00

S1-108: ANIMALS IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 2
Instructor: Laurel Best
Tuesdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Animals are such a big part of our lives and our families. During this six-week course, Laurel will guide you through a step-by-step process for painting realistic animals and birds. You will learn how to sketch out your painting and then master techniques to accurately paint fur, feathers, eyes and noses. Explore additional techniques in using colour combinations, designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges. Once you have covered the basics, use your new skills to paint a beautiful portrait of your bird, dog, or cat. Materials List

"I LOVED Lauren’s Animals in Watercolour class! She has a really great vibe – she’s so supportive and helpful "
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S2-109: KEYS TO IMPROVING YOUR PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLICS

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Laurel McBrine
Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm

Are you having trouble getting to the artistic level of proficiency that you wish to achieve? In this course, Laurel will challenge you artistically and help you improve your abilities so that you can push your artwork to greater heights. Gain a greater understanding in: choosing subjects wisely, colour mixing, drawing and proportions, staying fresh and loose & brushwork, fighting artist’s block and more. Become the artist you want to be and grow in knowledge, understanding and skill. Materials list

"I enjoyed the class I took with Laurel, she is an amazing artist, and loved her techniques."
"Learned so much from Laurel and will be registering for another one of her classes"
Membership Status

This class is 10 weeks     Non Members cost $250   Members cost $225

S1-110: GLASS, WATER AND REFLECTIONS - Acrylic or Water Based Oil

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

The colour of glass or water is determined by what's around it, what you see through it, or what is reflected in it. Scotch with a slice of orange, ice in a glass, an olive in a martini glass or a gold fish in a bowl: Robin will teach you to closely observe the objects you're painting so you can see the shapes, colours and distortions. Learn form, value, edges and how to mix colour and tone to achieve a rich, glowing, and convincing sense of light. You will work from still life arrangements to gain confidence and better understand the critical elements of a well-designed painting. Robin will provide lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction. 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 6 weeks     Non Members cost $115.00   Members cost $100.00

S2-111: FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY WITH DSLR CAMERAS

Level 2+
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm

This course is for photographers who wish to understand the fundamentals of the photographic process. 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 cover all the nuts-to-bolts aspects of exposure, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, depth of field, and the basics of composition. A mixture of classroom, assignments, and review will guide you through the process of taking images that capture the viewer and tell a story. Demos, group discussions, question-and-answer sessions, and plenty of one-on-one assistance. Please bring your own DSLR camera.

"Photography class was excellent. Ron is a very dedicated teacher"
"Ron is an excellent teacher who kept me interested and very much inspired"
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WEDNESDAYS

Start date September 19


This class is 10 weeks     Non Members cost $250   Members cost $225

S1-112: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF ABSTRACTION in Acrylic /Water Based Oil

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."
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S2-113: DRAWING AND SKETCHING LANDSCAPES FOR BEGINNERS

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

Landscapes are by far the most popular subject to draw, yet may be one of the hardest to master because of the multitude of objects and textures nature provides. In this class Diana will show you the finer points of composition and drawing from nature. She will walk you through an overview of materials and the basics of holding the pencil, applying different strokes, shading, perspective, and the rendering of different textures. You will then apply this skill to render specific elements of landscapes like hills, trees, water and rivers rocks and more. Lots of demos and one-on-one help. Materials List

"I absolutely loved the instructor and the course."
"I have taken a few of Diana’s classes and really enjoy her approach to teaching"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195.00   Members cost $175.00

S2-114: PAINTING YOUR FIRST LANDSCAPE IN ACRYLIC

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

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint landscapes in acrylics? In this class Diana will take you step-by-step on choosing paper and brushes to painting techniques, composition and colour mixing exercises. Once you have these basic techniques, you will practice a number of landscapes elements such as skies, trees, mountains, lakes to render a simple winter scene. This class is ideal for anyone coming to acrylics for the first time, or those keen to improve their skills. Demos and lots of one-on-one instruction. Materials List

"I have taken many art courses with various teachers, but found Diana Lee to be among the best. She was so knowledgeable about her subject and is not only a talented artist but can actually teach."
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $130   Members cost $115

S1-115: PAINTING in ABSTRACT - WATERCOLOUR

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Dania Al-Obaidi
Wednesdays, 1pm to 4pm

Embrace a sense of adventure as you paint in watercolour in a whole new style. In this class you will paint with watercolour while learning to create unique abstract art works. While abstract can seem daunting at first, Dania’s techniques and methods will help you focus on gaining skills and refining your style through experimentation and practice. Learn how to mix colour, prepare paper, how to properly apply watercolour paint. Dania will help you channel your inner artist as you create a colour palette that will bring harmony to your work and create art you are proud of. Material List

"Well prepared and encouraging, generously shared supplies, and was able to suggest ways to improve a piece in a non-threatening and supportive manner"
"I would recommend this class to others who are interested in using watercolours abstractly."
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $270   Members cost $250   Includes cost of model

S2-116: DRAWING FOR FRAIDY CATS - BEGINNER LIIFE DRAWING

Level 1
Instructor: Cathy Lorraway
Wednesdays, 7pm to 10 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 a range of subjects. Develop skills to draw in proportion, using a variety of shading techniques to show light, volume and texture. Topics include drawing from the live model, still life as well as perspective and composition. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided as well as class critiques. Materials List

"My first class - the experience was excellent - more than I had hoped for"
Membership Status

This class is 6 weeks     Non Members cost $115   Members cost $100

S1-117: INTRO TO PHOTO EDITING IN PHOTOSHOP CC

Level 1
Instructor: Ron Van Zutphen
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm

Since the advent of digital photography, it’s not only about capturing an image, but also creating the ideal photograph. Photoshop is one of the industry-leading image editing software that allows you to design, edit, restore, retouch and manipulate images. Ron will guide you step by step, to create the best possible versions of your photographs. Turn your photographs into works of art by learning how to overlay textures, combine and blend images, apply filters and effects, and much more! This class is geared towards photographers new to Photoshop and to those looking for a good introduction to the software. Laptop with Adobe Photoshop CC (or trial sign up) is required. Photoshop Essentials not suitable for this class.

"It was a wonderful learning experience for me. I enjoyed it fully"
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This class is 4 weeks     Begins October 31   Non Members cost $100   Members cost $90

S1-118: GET CREATIVE IN MIXED MEDIA COLOURED PENCIL & WATERCOLOUR

Level 2 to 3
Instructor: Diane Marcotte
Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm

Some media is made for each other; watercolour paint and coloured pencils make a great combination and they complement each other nicely. Discover how to combine the soft moods of watercolour, with the intriguing textures of coloured pencil. Step-by-step, Diane introduces you to her methods of layering one medium on top of another in easy-to-control stages for extraordinary results. You'll be encouraged to experiment and stretch your artistic boundaries. This mixed media technique of using watercolours and colour pencils is perfect for painting detailed subjects in a brilliant, realistic style! Material List

"I was very pleasantly surprised not only by the patience and kindness that Diane Marcotte puts forth teaching but also by her own remarkable talent as an artist."
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THURSDAYS

Start date September 20


This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S1-119: INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING IN WATER SOLUBLE OIL and ACRYLICS

Level 1
Instructor: Meru Parmar
Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm

This class designed for beginners with no artistic training. It also serves as a refresher of foundational skills for advanced painters. Sound foundational skills including value scales, spatial comparative relational sighting, constructing form using values and still life will be taught through exercises. Emphasis will be on skills and developing an artist's eye with lots of demos and supportive one on one instruction. Classes will have lots of demos followed by supportive one-on-one instruction. Materials List

"Meru worked with us with such a thoughtful, patient and inspiring approach. Love her class"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S1-120: REDISCOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Judy Mayer-Grieve
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

Explore your creative spirit and set aside preconceived expectations. Using photographic references or pure imagination as a starting point, Judy will assist and encourage you to kick start and expand your personal creativity, whether you wish to pursue pure abstraction, landscapes or portraits. Materials used are water based oils, acrylics, watercolour, graphite, conté and even found objects, brushes sponges, spatulas, or any tools of your choice. Material List

"Judy is very inspiring and an encouraging instructor. What a great class!"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $270   Members cost   $250 Includes cost of model

S2-121: FOUNDATIONS in FIGURE DRAWING

Level 2 to 3
Instructor:Helen Hendry
Thursdays, 1 pm to 4 pm

In this class you will work with a variety of drawing media, as you build a foundation of skills and methods for creating accurate, emotive renderings of the human figure. Helen helps you observe and render the human form as you master the practical and theoretical aspects of accurate drawing, conveying form, contour, structure and composition. Anatomy and proportion are stressed throughout this class while you will build confidence and finish the course with a deeper appreciation of what goes into quality drawing. Demonstrations, group discussions and critiques add context and range to your new art-making skills. Medium: Conté, waterproof pen, oil pastels. Material List

"Helen provided tips, techniques and critiques during the class, it helped me tremendously to improve my drawing skills"
Membership Status

This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $195   Members cost $175

S1-122: LOOSE AND DYNAMIC: ADVENTURES IN WATERCOLOUR

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Thursdays, 7 pm to 10 pm

Edit out the non-essential and bring fresh and free qualities to your watercolour paintings. In this class Zan will help you become more confident and bold with your brush. Paint in splashy, spontaneous strokes and unlock your inner creativity by eliminating fussy detail and over-painting. Produce bold and loose work that is transparent and luminous. Apply your newly found skills by translating your photos of landscapes or cityscapes to paper. This class is informative, challenging and fun. Lots of demos and positive critiques. Material List

"A great artist, an excellent teacher, I found Zan to be very organized, attentive, and with so much to offer"
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This class is 8 weeks     Non Members cost $270   Members cost $250
Basic metal supplies and use of tools are included

S2-123: JEWELLERY MAKING AND BEYOND

Level 3 to 4
Instructor: Gular Mustafa
Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:30pm

In this class you will learn basic metalsmithing techniques and handcraft the small details that distinguish your jewellery as unique. Familiarize yourself with the equipment and techniques of piercing, filing, forming, soldering, and finishing. Gular will help you discover your creativity through metal as you complete 3 projects. Working with brass, copper, and silver you will gain confidence in creating an original piece of jewellery. No experience necessary. This class is perfect for those who want to discover a new creative outline or refine their jewellery skills. Class number is limited.

Gular Mustafa is a visual artist, contemporary jewellery maker and object designer. She graduated from The Fine Art Academy in Baghdad and also studied art jewellery in Amsterdam.

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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 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 up.

Recipient's name Denomination Amount

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.


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