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2018 Workshops



Colour Lessons of the Impressionists – Florals and Landscapes in Acrylics with Instructor Jacintha Krish

The Impressionists broke new ground when they presented canvases showing flowers, landscapes and scenes of everyday life. These painting full of loose, expressive brushwork depicted light and shadow through their use of colour. In this workshop Jacintha will take you through simple, short painting exercises to promote the understanding and experience of creating the illusion of light on canvas. Paint magical florals and landscapes with expressive brushwork and a fearless use of colour in a unique style that is unmistakable. You will take home a clear understanding of colour mixing and practical strategies to fill your paintings with vibrant colour and light. Materials List

This 2 day workshop takes place:
Saturday and Sunday November 17 & 18
10:00 to 4:00 pm (Please bring your lunch)
$110.00 for non-members / $100.00 for members

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About Jacintha Krish

Following a career of many decades in business and accounting I now have the ultimate pleasure of being a full time artist and instructor. Painting has always been a part of my life, my constant companion. I paint what I see, what inspires me, what stirs my soul. The beauty of Canada is my inspiration, filled with the sights and sounds of its constantly changing landscapes as well as its people, imbued with the rich biodiversity that is wholly Canadian. I enjoy playing an active role in our art world, participating year round in solo and juried art exhibitions, events and art demonstrations, as well as teaching workshops and courses in various creative organizations in the GTA as well as private lessons. I currently work as an instructor at Neilson Park Creative Centre and Humber Valley Art Club. I have extensive knowledge of painting in different media gained at the Ottawa School of Art and Algonquin University. I have worked for many years with several renowned art instructors in Ottawa and Toronto. For a detailed list of my work history and experience please refer to my website at www.jacinthakrish.com


Dynamic Watercolour and Ink Techniques with Instructor Jacintha Krish

In this workshop, learn how an ordinary watercolour painting is magically transformed by encapsulating colour separation with black ink. Jacintha will lead you step-by-step as you learn to simplify the focus of your floral or landscape features by breaking down the composition into manageable shapes. She will show you how to bring detail and lively colour to your art as you learn to combine the ease of fine point marker with loose, flowing watercolour washes. This combination of mediums brings strength to the painting and a sense of abstraction. Loosen up and expand your horizons as you create a watercolour painting to be proud of. Lots of individual attention. Materials List

This 2 day workshop takes place:
Thursday and Friday November 22 & 23
10:00 to 4:00 pm (Please bring your lunch)
$110.00 for non-members / $100.00 for members

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About Jacintha Krish

Following a career of many decades in business and accounting I now have the ultimate pleasure of being a full time artist and instructor. Painting has always been a part of my life, my constant companion. I paint what I see, what inspires me, what stirs my soul. The beauty of Canada is my inspiration, filled with the sights and sounds of its constantly changing landscapes as well as its people, imbued with the rich biodiversity that is wholly Canadian. I enjoy playing an active role in our art world, participating year round in solo and juried art exhibitions, events and art demonstrations, as well as teaching workshops and courses in various creative organizations in the GTA as well as private lessons. I currently work as an instructor at Neilson Park Creative Centre and Humber Valley Art Club. I have extensive knowledge of painting in different media gained at the Ottawa School of Art and Algonquin University. I have worked for many years with several renowned art instructors in Ottawa and Toronto. For a detailed list of my work history and experience please refer to my website at www.jacinthakrish.com



2019 Workshops



How To Draw Realistic Portraits with Instructor Laurel McBrine

Have you always wanted to be able to successfully draw a portrait? Come join a professional portrait artist for this class and learn the tricks of the trade. The foundational skills needed to draw a head in black & white will be taught, including structure & anatomy of the head, detailed study of the individual features, hair, light & shadow, shapes, methods of shading, values & edges. Laurel will teach the use of plumb lines, comparative measurement and tilt angle to find correct proportions. Lectures and demonstrations combined with one-on-one attention will help you achieve new heights in your ability to see and portray a likeness. Drawing is a foundation skill necessary to realist painting - if you can draw a person, you can draw anything! Portraiture is the most demanding form of art, challenge yourself to grow as an artist. This workshop is best suited to beginners with some drawing experience to advanced artists. Materials List

This workshop takes place:
Saturday, January 12
10 am to 4 pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost: $90.00 Non-members   / $80.00 Members

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About Laurel McBrine:

Laurel has spent decades studying and refining her brushy, realist style. After attending Art College, she has studied intensively with dozens of master artists and at several painting ateliers. Even though her work is mostly representational, inspired by light, colour and the beauty of her subjects, she is most excited by the abstract design and textural qualities of a piece. Laurel enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained from her lifelong study of art, passing on helpful tips and techniques to help her students advance in their painting abilities. She regularly exhibits and has won scholarships and awards for her work. She particularly loves the demanding art of oil portraiture, including commissions, but draws and paints many subjects in various media and methods.


Fun Painting with Palette Knives with Instructor Laurel McBrine

Learn how to create expressive paintings that are full of energy, colour and texture! Painting with a knife is fast-paced, exciting and fun. Laurel will start you off by underpainting, which is the first layer of paint applied to a canvas and it functions as a base for other layers of paint. She will guide you to learn how to properly stack colours without disturbing the underneath layer to maintain freshness with no risk of mud. With a knife, you will discover many variations of strokes needed to create an amazing variety of shapes and effects. Learn to achieve a shimmering, impressionistic, impasto effect with techniques that came directly from the methods of Monet. Loosen up your style, have fun and learn to paint in oils with a palette knife with no tedious brush cleaning after! Lecture and demonstrations with lots of one on one assistance. This workshop is best suited to beginners with some painting experience to advanced artists. Materials List

This workshop takes place:
Saturday, January 26
10 am to 4 pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost: $90.00 Non-members   / $80.00 Members

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About Laurel McBrine:

Laurel has spent decades studying and refining her brushy, realist style. After attending Art College, she has studied intensively with dozens of master artists and at several painting ateliers. Even though her work is mostly representational, inspired by light, colour and the beauty of her subjects, she is most excited by the abstract design and textural qualities of a piece. Laurel enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained from her lifelong study of art, passing on helpful tips and techniques to help her students advance in their painting abilities. She regularly exhibits and has won scholarships and awards for her work. She particularly loves the demanding art of oil portraiture, including commissions, but draws and paints many subjects in various media and methods.


Creating Art using Paper Collage with instructor Joanna Turlej

In this in depth 4 week workshop you will explore what collage is about – playful, fun, versatile, challenging, and unlimited in its creativity. Explore creative expression using paper from many sources - repurposed magazines, your own painted papers, Japanese tissues and papers, or novelty papers adhered to canvas. Joanna will demonstrate proper techniques with short art theory exercises, focusing on colour systems, composition and value patterning. Joanna will encourage you to express your own unique concepts and style of expression as you create your own masterpieces. Benefit from individual attention and direction, group dialogue and sharing. All levels are welcome. Former students will benefit from more advanced level of instruction. Materials List

This workshop takes place over 4 weeks
Saturdays, Feb 2, 9, 23, and March 2
10 am to 3:30 pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost: $175.00 Non-members   / $160.00 Members

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About Joanna Turlej

Joanna Turlej is an honours graduate of Ontario Collage of Art and Design University. During her artistic career, she has won many prestigious awards. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is an elected member of OSA (Ontario Society of Artists) and elected-life member of CFS (Colour and Form Society). She has been invited to present and teach in many well-known art organizations. Most recently she has taught at Gairloch Galleries in Oakville.


Silver Sandcasting with Instructor Gular Mustafa

This workshop offers you the unique opportunity to create your own jewellery using the traditional sand-casting technique. The sand-casting method starts with a simple wax carving where you carve your design in wax to create the model. Once your model is complete, it is pack it into sand to create a mold. Molten silver is then poured into the sand mold thus forming your ring. Gular will guide you in jewellery finishing techniques such as filing, heat treating and polishing. You will see how this versatile technique can be used to quickly and easily reproduce a wide variety of metal objects on a small scale. You will take home a finished and wearable piece of jewellery that you will be proud to have crafted. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those with some jewellery making experience. Limited to 8 participants to ensure a personalized learning experience.

This workshop takes place:
Saturday, March 23     10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost $400.00 includes 12 grams of silver (enough for a ring or pendant) and use of all tools and materials
Extra silver is available from the instructor at $2.5 gram

 
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About Gular Mustafa

This award winning, visual artist is a contemporary jewellery maker, object designer and textile designer. An Iraqi Dutch artist, she graduated from The Fine Art Academy in Baghdad and studied art jewellery in Amsterdam, she is a cofounder and owner of FERO FELT Company for fashion. Since 1995, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Netherlands, Europe, Middle East, South America and Canada. Her work has also been published in a number of contemporary art books, magazines and newspapers. She currently resides and is working in Canada. Check out images of her workshop about sand casting in the Netherlands.

“My work is an invitation for others to discover their own possibilities, to find ways for the object to converse with the body.”.


See and Feel: Combining Poetry with Visual Art with Presenter Poet Michael Mirolla

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci

It may seem at times as if all “artists" barrel along in their own lanes—visual artists in one lane, writers in another— without ever encroaching on each other’s territories… but it’s important to be informed about what other creatives are doing. For centuries, art has inspired poets and poetry has inspired artists. Poetry is an art form— a literary art form that is capable of spurring a kaleidoscope of ideas and emotions. A poet is a word artist: they can write a poem — based on the stories that a piece of visual art whispers to them— which urges you, the artist, to look with an entirely different perspective at the thing that you know so well. Exhilarating, stimulating, and inspiring, it pushes you out of your comfort zone.

Come listen and get inspired!
Sunday, March 24
2pm to 3pm
Presentation will be followed by a Q&A period

Cost is $10.00 with all proceeds going to the OAS Student Scholarship Fund


"Intriguing, passionate, sad, hilarious. Mirolla is a master storyteller"
Toronto Sun
"Michael Mirolla is an exceptionally talented writer, and many aspiring writers could learn much from his ability to fuse the magical with the real.”
Ottawa Review of Books
 
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About Michael Mirolla

Michael is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet. Michael describes his fiction as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Michael Mirolla's latest literary award is the 2016 Bressani Literary Prize for his short story collection Lessons in Relationship Dyads (Red Hen Press, 2015). In 2010, with business partner Connie McParland, Michael took over the reins at Guernica Editions, one of Canada's thriving independent presses. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in Oakville.


Encaustic + Mixed Media Explorations with Instructor Erna de Vries

This workshop allows both beginner and experienced participants to unleash their creativity while developing or furthering skills and techniques in wax. Erna demonstrates all you need to know in melting/fusing, colour mixing, texturing, incising, layering, collage application and incorporating image transfers. She encourages experimentation with techniques of your choice to create unique mono prints and panel paintings on Japanese papers and cradled birch panels. All materials will be provided with access to pharmaceutical grade bees wax, pigments, pan pastels, collage materials, stencils and image transfers. Workshop information will include Encaustic safety, materials and equipment Join us as we venture into the exciting works of wax.
Limited to 8 participants to ensure a personalized learning experience. This workshop fills quickly - to ensure your spot early registration is recommended.

This 1 day workshop takes place:
Saturday, March 30th
10 am to 4pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost $175.00 which includes all 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. Erna is the recipient of: Reserved Best in Show Award - Urban Jungle - Vaughan Juried Exhibition, Jurors Award - Ontario Society of Artists - 144th Juried Exhibition - John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.

“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”.


Felting: Simple Painting with Wool with Instructor Gular Mustafa

In this workshop Gular will help you discover a creative approach to felt-making. She introduces you to the basics of traditional wet felting, the fundamentals of fiber layout and choosing appropriate materials for your project. Using various felting techniques you will be guided in texture, tone, scale and composition as you will learn to mix different colours of wool like an artist mixes paints. Discover a unique and creative approach as you experience the magic of transforming fiber to felt!
You will complete a felt painting 35 x 35 cm. Limited to 8 participants to ensure a personalized learning experience.

This 5 hour workshop takes place:
Saturday, April 6
10 am to 3pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost $180.00 which includes all supplies

 
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About Gular Mustafa

This award winning, visual artist is a contemporary jewellery maker, object designer and textile designer. An Iraqi Dutch artist, she graduated from The Fine Art Academy in Baghdad and studied art jewellery in Amsterdam, she is a cofounder and owner of FERO FELT Company for fashion. Since 1995, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Netherlands, Europe, Middle East, South America and Canada. Her work has also been published in a number of contemporary art books, magazines and newspapers. She currently resides and is working in Canada.

“My work is an invitation for others to discover their own possibilities, to find ways for the object to converse with the body.”.


Not Just a Scarf: Nuno Felting Technique with Instructor Gular Mustafa

Nuno Felting is a process of combining wool roving and fine silk with wet felting.  

Gular will guide you as you learn to felt with a wonderful palette of hand-dyed superfine merino wool and light weight silk fabric. Learn to strategically layer merino wool and fabric, then wet felt them together to create a light and fabulously textured textile. By manipulating the layers of wool and silk you will make a scarf that has characteristics which are quite different from a traditional felt. The texture in the material’s drape and flexibility, lends itself well to beautiful movement. You will create a feminine ruffle edge Nuno scarf in this 1 day workshop.
Limited to 8 participants to ensure a personalized learning experience.

This 6 hour workshop takes place:
Saturday, April 13
10 am to 4pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost $280.00 which includes all supplies

 
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About Gular Mustafa

This award winning, visual artist is a contemporary jewellery maker, object designer and textile designer. An Iraqi Dutch artist, she graduated from The Fine Art Academy in Baghdad and studied art jewellery in Amsterdam, she is a cofounder and owner of FERO FELT Company for fashion. Since 1995, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the Netherlands, Europe, Middle East, South America and Canada. Her work has also been published in a number of contemporary art books, magazines and newspapers. She currently resides and is working in Canada.

“My work is an invitation for others to discover their own possibilities, to find ways for the object to converse with the body.”.


Painting a Watercolour Street Scene: Exploring the Passion of Colour, Light And Design! with instructor Bonnie Steinberg

Come and explore how light, design and colour can put passion in composition! Our subject matter will include a simple street scene, complete with landscape elements, architectural elements and other details. Ontario and its beautiful street scenes, will provide our inspiration. The figure in watercolour will also be explored so that its incorporation will complete a visual story. Participants will learn how to paint great greens, deep violets and other wonderful spring hues. Some new and some old and proven techniques will be taught and demonstrated to provide a purposeful aim for participants. Atmospheric perspective through colour, and linear perspective will also be explored! Participants will marvel at the result…luminous and passionate paintings! Suitable for Beginners with some watercolour experience. Material List


This workshop takes place:
Sunday, May 26
9:30 to 4:00 pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost: $85 OAS member: $75

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About Bonnie Steinberg:

Bonnie is a practicing artist and a most popular art teacher. Transparent watercolour is Bonnie’s medium of choice. Her watercolours encompass a variety of subject matter, with architectural detail, being her latest achievement. Bonnie’s use of high- keyed colour and dramatic light are the trademarks of her work. A graduate of York University Bonnie received her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts. Bonnie is also an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Canadian Artists and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolor Society. She is also a guest artist and teacher for many art groups in Canada, the United States and Europe.


Mastering Acrylics with Instructor David Langevin

David’s unique painting style is an elaborate system of layers that is part Renaissance, part Canadian. He uses an elaborate system of layers of transparent and translucent paint, as well as a variety of texture effects. His striking use of light and colour, combined with his distinctive methods and audacious style, characterize the paintings of this well-known Canadian artist.

Learn everything you need to know to master acrylic painting. This workshop is designed for artists with painting experience in oils, acrylics, or even watercolours. Compared to oil and watercolour, acrylic paints are a relatively modern medium and how to use them effectively is still a challenge for many artists. Techniques that are successful when using oil paints or watercolours do not often yield good results when applied to acrylic paints. This is because the physical and chemical properties of the synthetic acrylic paints are unique. In this workshop the focus will be on learning the specific properties of acrylics and how you can use them to achieve fantastic results. Luminosity, colour intensity, and mastering the transparent and translucent techniques of glazes and veils will be emphasized. Come prepared to take notes, ask questions, and to paint. This workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters. Materials List

This 3 day workshop offers a rare opportunity for intermediate to advanced artists to be challenged
with new techniques and ideas from a modern day Old Master and an innate talent.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, September 16 to 18
9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Please bring your lunch)
$685 Non Members   $650 Members

**Please read the refund policy for acclaimed artist

Register with a $ 300.00 deposit here

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About David Langevin

David is a modern day Old Master – an impeccable craftsman, an innate talent

Trees and rocks, water and sky, mountains and snow, these elements, combined with distinctive painting methods and an audacious style, have characterized the paintings of this well-known artist. David’s dramatic renditions of the Canadian wilderness and his bold ‘tree portraits’ have become almost as familiar as the subject they depict. His striking use of light and unique painting methods have creating a captivating vision of this country’s landscape.

“Like most successful artists these days, I am self-taught. I learned my painting skills thru my own efforts and studies, and I figured out how to make a living in the trade the same way. When I looked at the paintings of the Old Masters I saw in their work something that I did not see in modern art. Nothing in my education or experience as a painter could help me understand how they achieved the effects that they did. I wanted that. I wanted to know I could achieve any effect that I could imagine. I wanted complete expressive freedom…” David obtained a Masters in Art Education degree from McGill University, specializing in methods and materials for the painter. His art is represented in galleries across the country and has inspired many nature lovers, artists, and of course, collectors.


Exploring the Passion of Seasonal Landscape: Here And Beyond! with instructor Bonnie Steinberg

In this workshop, discover how colour and its interpretation work in developing a vibrant composition. We will be painting a landscape complete with autumn foliage, reflections in water and other detail. The Ontario landscape and beyond will provide our inspiration. Great autumn hues, will be emphasized. Some new and some old and proven techniques will be taught and demonstrated to provide a purposeful aim for participants. Atmospheric perspective through colour will also be explored. Autumn landscape painting will become a passion! Suitable for Beginners with some watercolour experience. Material List


This workshop takes place:
Sunday, October 20
9:30 to 4:00 pm (Please bring your lunch)
Cost: $85 OAS member: $75

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About Bonnie Steinberg:

Bonnie is a practicing artist and a most popular art teacher. Transparent watercolour is Bonnie’s medium of choice. Her watercolours encompass a variety of subject matter, with architectural detail, being her latest achievement. Bonnie’s use of high- keyed colour and dramatic light are the trademarks of her work. A graduate of York University Bonnie received her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts. Bonnie is also an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Canadian Artists and a signature member of the Toronto Watercolor Society. She is also a guest artist and teacher for many art groups in Canada, the United States and Europe.



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 up.

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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.


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