Adult students experience a warm, congenial and supportive environment to learn and create in. The large roster of programs is 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. Small class sizes allow for plenty of one-on-one attention, guidance and critique. The School boasts a real sense of community and both the novice and advanced student find programs that will enhance individual styles of learning.

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


Abstract Painting

with Pete Smith

In this program, students will be exposed to conceptual ideas and explore various approaches to abstraction as they develop their own artistic voice through the work. Experimentation, risk-taking, spontaneity and expression will be encouraged. Helpful demos and visual information will be provided, with an emphasis on concept, composition, balance, colour, design, form and symbolism. Students may choose to paint in either acrylics or oil. This program is open to both the beginner and those with previous painting experience. Material list provided.

11219 - Mondays 12:30-3:30 PM

Fall: $440.00 + HST
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11222 - Mondays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall: $440.00 + HST
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Acrylic Painting

with Martha Johnson

In this class, students will focus on the fundamentals of colour theory, the study of light and shadow, composition, visual perspective, brush work and paint handling and application, as it pertains to acrylic medium. Demos and critiques will assist in developing one's own creative and perceptual skills, as each term, varied subject matter will be explored. Students are encouraged to register for one term or all three. With plenty of individual attention, students will be encouraged to work at their own pace. This class includes positive and supportive critique during each session. Suitable for beginners or intermediate painters. Material list provided.

11225 - Tuesdays 12:30-3:30 PM

Fall: $495.00 + HST
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11228 - Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall: $495.00 + HST
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11231 - Saturdays 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Fall: $395.00 + HST
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Classical Painting Techniques

with Roberto Rosenman

Ever wondered how old masters created such luminous paintings? This class will teach traditional oil painting techniques that were used by the old masters in order to create a still life or portrait painting. We cover the purpose and mechanics of underpainting and learn how to create a still life and portrait painting using layering techniques. You will also gain valuable knowledge on preparing a canvas, properly using mediums, mixing colours, glazing, scumbling and mixing realistic skin tones. In the portrait stage of this class, students will have the opportunity to create a realist portrait from a photo of their choice. Intermediate drawing skills are recommended. Material list provided.

11249 - Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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11252 - Thursdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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Contemporary Acrylic Painting

with Martha Johnson

Each term, in this program, a number of paintings will be completed and students will look at how to successfully compose, build and finish a painting. Varied subject matter including still life, figure, portrait, landscape and nature, along with the techniques needed to successfully paint these will be addressed. Those wishing to work on independent projects will also be accommodated. Much individual attention will be provided and students will learn problem-solving techniques for painting issues that arise through the study of composition, perspective, fore/mid/background, colour mixing, contrast and sense of depth. This studio course is designed for students who have previous painting experience and want to develop a body of work. Material list provided.

11255 - Thursdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall: $495.00 + HST
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Drawing & Painting for Beginners

with Pete Smith

Students will start with the drawing and sketching process and develop skills needed to create a completed painting. Drawing techniques such as proportion, shape, perspective, line weights, shading, value and highlighting will be explored, as well as painting techniques like composition, colour theory and colour mixing. Students may choose to work in oil or acrylic and also choose to work from their own personal photos or from other photographic sources. This class is perfect for beginners. Those with some previous painting experience are also welcome. Material list provided.

11275 - Wednesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $430.00 + HST
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Essentials in Landscape Painting

with Sam Paonessa

Designed for those interested in developing painting skills through landscape studies, students will work from a photo reference of their choosing as they explore the artistic and creative opportunities found in landscape painting. Instruction will address painting principles such as tone, colour, form, texture and composition. Demonstrations, plenty of individual attention and encouragement will increase the student's creative confidence and style, while being introduced to painting essentials including composition, perspective, landmark representation, brush techniques, colour mixing, contrast and sense of depth. Students can choose to paint in either oils or acrylics. This course is suitable for students of all levels and experience. Material list provided.

11284 - Tuesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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11287 - Fridays 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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Impressionist Painting

with Paul Robert Turner

Concentrating on the relationship between light and colour, students will work from photographs to produce at least two paintings per term, in their choice of oil or acrylic paint. Students will explore achieving a convincing sense of volume and depth in various expressive styles. This course will also inform students on the 'colour priority' method of impressionist painting and address one's ability to control tertiary colours on their palette and avoid a flat and chalky end result in their work. This course is best suited for students with some past experience in drawing and painting. Material list provided.

11290 - Tuesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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11293 - Tuesdays 12:30-3:30PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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Independent Studies in Painting

with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

This open-studio style class is designed for students wishing to develop their own painting style with assistance from a professional artist. The student will primarily work on paintings and subjects of their own choosing. This will be complemented with a limited number of class projects intended to enhance the participant's own direction. Topics of these studies will include, resolving compositional problems, creating harmonious colour, technical aspects of layering a painting vs. working alla prima, and more. Considerable time will be spent working one-on-one with the instructor to develop a personal artistic direction, whether you feel you have one or are looking to create one. Suitable for students with previous painting experience, who are working on a body of work. Material list provided.

11299 - Fridays 1:00-3:30 PM

Fall: $400.00 + HST
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Intermediate Acrylic Painting

with Martha Johnson

In this painting class, designed for painters looking to take their work to the next level, students will continue to build skill in colour mixing, brushwork, and composition. Participants may choose to work from still life or photos and time will also be given to produce work of their own design. A positive and nurturing environment is created in the class, assisted by the instructor, and a weekly group critique to assess progress will be provided. Previous painting experience is needed. Material list provided.

11302 - Mondays 12:30-3:30 PM

Fall: $450.00 + HST
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Intuitive Painting

with Farida Zaman

In this class, students will explore a whole new way of painting (and being) from a space of freedom, non-judgment and experimentation. This process is about loosening up, letting go of expectations, having fun and allowing your art to unfold naturally. The emphasis is on finding your true voice and allowing your personal expression to bloom and grow with flow and ease. There are no mistakes here! Demonstrations will include painting techniques such as layering, dripping, stamping, expressive mark making, etching, patterning, drawing with paint and carving out imagery and lessons are geared to moving through challenging moments and getting back in your creative flow. The goal is to gather with the intention to let go more fully, connect more authentically with ourselves and others, step more bravely into the unknown and invite joy back into the creative process...and into our lives! Suitable for all levels of experience. Material list provided.

11311 - Thursdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 +HST
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I Wish I Could Paint

with Sam Paonessa

If you've ever looked at a painting and wished that you could do that, but were afraid to even try, then this course is for you! For the complete beginner, you will be encouraged to take risks, to let the artist inside you grow and you will learn some painting skills along the way. These skills will build confidence in your creative ability and will have an immediate impact on how you observe the world around you. Suitable for beginners. Material list provided.

11326 - Fridays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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Landscape Painting

with Paul Robert Turner and Pete Smith

Designed for those interested in developing drawing and painting skills in landscape studies, students will work from a photo reference and be introduced to fundamentals including composition, perspective, fore-/mid-/background and landmark representation, colour mixing and paint application to achieve transitions, contrast and sense of depth. Students can choose to paint in either oils or acrylics. Some previous painting experience is an asset but beginners are welcome to join. Material list provided.

11329 - Mondays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM with Paul Robert Turner

Fall: $440.00 + HST
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11332 - Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 PM with Pete Smith

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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Landscape Painting for Beginners

with Pete Smith

Designed for the absolute beginner, students will be introduced to landscape studies through hands-on drawing and painting lessons. Students will work from a photo reference and be introduced to fundamentals including composition, perspective, fore- /mid-/background and landmark representation, colour mixing and paint application to achieve transitions, contrast and sense of depth. Students can choose to paint in either oils or acrylics. Material list provided.

11335 - Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 PM with Pete Smith

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 and projects each term, referring to diverse artistic styles and periods from Modern to Contemporary Art. Students will discover new ways of creating through experimentation with painting, collage, image transfer, sculpture, ceramic and more using individual inspirations to create unique works. The program is perfect for the absolute beginner or those who have been creating at a more advanced level. Some materials will be provided. Material list also provided.

11338 - Fridays 12:30-3:30 PM

Fall: $495.00 + HST
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Painting for Beginners

with Martha Johnson and Jennifer Hinrichs

In this class students will focus on the fundamentals of colour theory, composition, perspective, paint handling and application, while developing one's own creative and perceptual skills. With plenty of guidance and individual attention, students will learn to paint from still life and photo references. This is an introductory course in acrylic painting, suitable for the novice painter or as a refresher for those who have not painted for some time. Material list provided.

11341 - Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM with Martha Johnson

Fall: $375.00 + HST
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11344 - Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 PM with Jennifer Hinrichs

Fall: $495.00 + HST
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Painting from Photos

with Pete Smith

Learn to paint beyond the flatness of a 2-D image! Through your choice of acrylic or oil, students will learn how to work from a photograph by focusing in on the details and bringing the photo to life through the medium of paint. Composition, colour theory and mixing, and how they apply to the medium will be emphasized. Students may choose to work from their own personal photos or from other photographic sources. This course is suitable for those with some painting experience. Material list provided.

11347 - Mondays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $440.00 + HST
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Painting: Discover Your Style

with Farida Zaman

This class is designed to assist you in the discovery of your own unique style of painting. Lessons will include discussions about various artists and their styles, while students practice acrylic painting techniques using a variety of materials and methods. In this manner, the class will be able to explore and identify individual, personal painting styles and consider how to refine and push approaches to new levels. Instruction is appropriate for all skill levels. Material list provided.

11350 - Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 PM

Fall: $400.00 + HST
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Urban Landscape Painting

with Paul Robert Turner

This course is designed for students who are interested in developing drawing and painting skills using the urban environment as a reference. Working from photos, students will be introduced to various concepts with an emphasis on utilizing the various compositional opportunities found in the city environment. Basic perspective, value, practical colour theory and various painting techniques will be discussed within the framework of a very flexible contemporary painting process. Students can paint in either oils or acrylics. All levels of skill are welcome but students must have some previous painting experience. Material list provided.

11356 - Mondays 12:30-3:30 PM

Fall: $440.00 + HST
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11359 - Thursdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fall: $480.00 + HST
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