Adult students experience a warm, congenial and supportive environment to learn and create in. The large roster of programs, are designed to allow each individual to advance at his or her own pace. Each class offers a nice balance between challenging, fun, creative, and skill-based approaches. Working with professional instructors who are practicing artists, helps to inspire students and ensure the latest studio approaches are being taught.

View Adult Calendar 2015-2016 Overview

Courses are listed in alphabetical order. Course code is listed alongside day and time.


Children's Book Illustration

with Farida Zaman

This program will teach students how to create inspiring and unique illustrations for children. Illustrations in children’s books are used to bring out a narrative so that the pictures tell the story. The focus of the class is on the process of creating these effective illustrations, while students develop skills in drawing, painting and storyboarding. The class will offer plenty of guidance as they investigate a variety of children's books and a multitude of illustration styles. Material list provided.

10149 - Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 PM

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Fall: $480.00 + HST

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Drawing & Painting Fundamentals

with Pete Smith

In this introduction to the principles of visual expression, students will develop observational skills, looking at the practical aspects of art making to the more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges. Students may choose to draw or paint as they learn to examine the details found in their photograph or objects, and arrange the information to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms in their art. Topics will include choosing the appropriate materials for the desired effects, brush handling, painting mixing and value organization. Plenty of personalized instruction will be available and individual projects ranging from still life, as well as working from photographs will be explored. Material list provided.

10176 - Wednesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Fall: $480.00 + HST

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Drawing & Painting the Contemporary Figure

with Bogdan Luca

The expression and emotion that can be found in a modern life painting can convey an interesting story and touch people in a profound way. In this course, students will be using the figure to develop work that speaks to the modern world around us. As a counterpoint to the classical, realist methodology, students will learn to work with chance and accident as a means of making figurative art that is lively and exciting. The class will analyze and revisit preconceived ideas about the nude, the portrait, the rectangle and other notions that might prevent us from making truly contemporary work. Plenty of individual attention and guidance will be provided as the class is exposed to both materials and techniques that will bring their work to the forefront of contemporary approaches. A model fee is included and material list provided.

10179 - Thursdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall: $515.00 + HST

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Drawing for Beginners

with Jennifer Hinrichs, Martha Johnson, and Bogdan Luca

This program is designed for beginners, as well as those who wish to improve their drawing skills and refine their understanding of visual language. Using pencils, conté and charcoal, fundamental techniques such as proportion, shape, perspective, line weights, shading, value, and highlighting will be explored. Students will develop drawing skills and become confident with the tools of visual expression. Material list provided.

10182 - Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM with Jennifer Hinrichs

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Fall: $375.00 + HST

10185 - Tuesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM with Bogdan Luca

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Fall: $495.00 + HST

10188 - Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 PM with Martha Johnson

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Fall: $495.00 + HST

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Introduction to Illustration

with Farida Zaman

If you love to draw and have an interest in design, then this course is perfect for you. Based on building strong drawing skills and conceptual thinking, this program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to create effective communications and artful images that function as a complement to any written work. Illustrations can be seen in newspapers, books, magazines, reports, advertising, posters, CD covers, packaging, websites, concept art, and the list goes on. Students have the ability to discover their artistic voice by working on a range of different projects. A brief introduction on finishing art projects digitally will also be a part of the lecture component of the program, and students will learn about the important elements of a portfolio that are needed for target audiences, should the student wish to take their work to the next level. Material list provided.

10212 - Fridays 12:30 AM-3:30 PM

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Fall: $480.00 + HST

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I Wish I Could Draw

with Sarah Jane Gorlitz, Martha Johnson

If you are ‘art terrified’ and have ever felt that you could never get past drawing stick figures then this course is perfect for you! For the complete beginner to the process of making art, you will be encouraged to take risks and to let the artist inside you grow through exploring different ways of seeing and making marks. Creativity comes from the right side of the brain. In this course you get away from the dominance of your ‘left side’ and will find that it feels great. Students will begin to develop their drawing and creative skills and become confident with the tools of visual expression. Material list provided.

10215 - Wednesdays 7:00-9:30 PM with Sarah Jane Gorlitz

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Fall: $420.00 + HST

10218 - Fridays 9:30 AM-12:00 PM with Sarah Jane Gorlitz

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Fall: $420.00 + HST

10221 - Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM with Martha Johnson

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Fall: $275.00 + HST

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Portrait and Figure Drawing

with Paul Robert Turner

Designed for students who would like to explore the human figure in depth, this class will delve into the many subtle details of working with this subject matter. Students will depict the human figure in the context of its surrounding space and will address some of the issues related to drawing this complex form. Proportion, shape, line, value and capturing the individual's character will be some of the topics dealt with in this studio class. This course is suitable for students who are new to portrait and figure drawing (previous general drawing experience is recommended) and students with life drawing experience. A model fee is included and material list provided.

10257 - Thursdays 12:30-3:30 PM

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Fall: $515.00 + HST

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Still Life Explorations

with Sam Paonessa

Learn to better translate our observable, three-dimensional world into dynamic and expressive drawings and paintings. Using the still life motif, students will investigate the importance of composition, tonal value, colour relationships, narrative and personal expression. Art historical references will emphasize the importance of design and the rich tradition of the genre. Students may draw or paint, or do both and a basic introduction to acrylics and other complimentary mediums will be included. Material list provided.

10263 - Thursdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Fall: $480.00 + HST

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Mixed Media Explorations

with Sandra Tarantino

Discover a variety of art materials while you explore and find your own personal artistic vision. This course will focus on different materials each term, referring to diverse artistic styles and periods from Modern to Contemporary Art. Students will discover new ways of creating through experimentation with imagery, line shape, colour, texture and form using individual inspirations to create unique works of art. The program is perfect for the absolute beginner or those who have been creating at a more advanced level. Material list provided.

10269 - Wednesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Fall: $480.00 + HST

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