Classes / Summer / Adult Art Classes


Adult students (15+) 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.

Classes are a week-long and are offered 9:15am-12:15pm or 1:15-4:15pm. Except where indicated, materials are not included and a required material list will be provided alongside the course description.

HST is added to all fees. See our Registration Policies.

Every effort will be made to run programs at our facility, however some programs may be held off-site at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, which is located at 175 St. Clair Avenue West (the south west side of Avenue Rd. and St. Clair). You will receive notification of this location change one week prior to the start of your program.

Please note that room schedules are not finalized until one week prior to the start of a program. We can not guarantee your classroom prior to this time.

July 23-27

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.

11750 | July 23-27 9:15am-12:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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Tools of the Trade

with Roberto Rosenman

In this workshop, we will focus on the technical side of creating a painting. Primarily, we will use colour theory to learn how to mix any colour on your palette. Students will learn how to identify hue, value and chroma when painting and avoid some of the pitfalls of painting, like creating 'mud' on your palette. In addition, we will examine the different pigments, understanding where they fall on the colour wheel and how and when to properly use them. Students will also learn proper brush handling and techniques. Lastly, we will look closely at the materials of painting-understanding the different types and uses of brushes, mediums, varnishes and painting surfaces. Suited for both oil and acrylics, students will gain useful knowledge that can be applied to both representational and abstract forms of painting.

11751 | July 23-27 1:15-4:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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July 30-August 3

Perspective Drawing

with Paul Robert Turner

An artist's ability to achieve a convincing sense of depth in representational drawing and painting of any format is rooted in their knowledge of perspective. Through both structured linear perspective and free hand exercises, this course will examine the principals of one-point, two-point and three-point perspective and how basic shapes behave in our field of vision. In reference to objects, interior and exterior spaces, landscape, figure and portraiture, students will solidify their foundation knowledge while developing their ability to solve perspective problems and better understand how to represent convincing volume and depth in their own work.

11752 | July 30-August 3, 9:15am-12:15pm

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$245.00 (model fee included)

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Cityscape/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.

11753 | July 30-August 3, 1:15-4:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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August 7-10 (4-day week)

Classical Drawing

with Roberto Rosenman

The drawing methods of classical artists served as the foundation of any representational art. In this course students will learn the methods and materials used in classical drawing, while they learn to create realistic drawings. Materials used will include charcoal, graphite and coloured chalks. Participants will learn how to block-in an image and simplify values into light and shadow. Demonstrations will be provided and the use of different drawing surfaces will be discussed. Some previous drawing experience is recommended.

11756 | August 7-10 (4-day week), 9:15am-12:15pm

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$200.00 + HST

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August 13-17

Watercolour Portrait Painting

with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

Explore the vibrancy and transparency of this medium through a spontaneous and more contemporary approach to portrait painting. Students will learn to control the pigment, while learning about the interaction of colour, design, contrast, composition and texture as it pertains to watercolour portrait painting. All levels are welcome to join.

11759 | August 13-17, 9:15am-12:15pm

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$265.00 + HST (model fee included)

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Contemporary Painting

with Martha Johnson

This workshop is designed for students who have previous painting experience and want to start to develop a body of work. 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. Students will work from an image of their choosing. Students will paint in acrylics.

11760 | August 13-17, 9:15am-12:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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Drawing for the Terrified

with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

If you are 'art terrified' and have ever felt that you could never get past drawing stick figures then this workshop is perfect for you! For the complete beginner, you will be encouraged to let the artist inside you grow through exploring different ways of looking at and making art. Students will begin to develop their drawing and creative skills and become more confident with the tools of visual expression.

11761 | August 13-17, 1:15-4:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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Intermediate Acrylic Painting

with Martha Johnson

This course will address the needs of students with previous acrylic painting experience. Specific lessons will be provided in colour mixing, brushwork, and composition. Participants may choose to work from still life or photos. A positive and nurturing environment is created in the class, assisted by the instructor and a group critique to assess progress will be provided at the end of the week. The workshop will be tailored to fit the individual levels of students in a creative and positive environment.

11762 | August 13-17, 1:15-4:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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August 20-24

Impressionist Painting

with Paul Robert Turner

Concentrating on the relationship between light and colour, students will paint from a photograph, in their choice of oil or acrylic paint. This program will explore achieving a convincing sense of volume and depth in various expressive styles and inform students on the 'colour priority' method of impressionist painting, addressing one's ability to control tertiary colours on their palette and avoiding a flat and chalky end result in their work. This course is best suited for students with some past experience in drawing and painting.

11763 | August 20-24, 9:15am-12:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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Impressionist Painting

with Paul Robert Turner

Concentrating on the relationship between light and colour, students will paint from a photograph, in their choice of oil or acrylic paint. This program will explore achieving a convincing sense of volume and depth in various expressive styles and inform students on the 'colour priority' method of impressionist painting, addressing one's ability to control tertiary colours on their palette and avoiding a flat and chalky end result in their work. This course is best suited for students with some past experience in drawing and painting.

11764 | August 20-24, 1:15-4:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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August 27-31

Impressionist Watercolour Painting

with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

The medium of watercolour has changed over the last few years and can be used in a more spontaneous way to create beautiful works of art. In this class, students will be inspired by the painting styles of Monet, Cezanne, Sisley and others, to create watercolour paintings that echo the great masters' approaches. Using both traditional and experimental watercolour techniques, and working from images, students will paint their own impressionistic landscapes, still life, florals, gardens and café settings.

11765 | August 27-31, 9:15am-12:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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Portrait Drawing

with Paul Robert Turner

Designed for students who would like to explore portrait drawing in depth, this class will delve into the many subtle details of facial features and capturing a likeness. Through in class exercises, students will develop their abilities with proportion, shape, line, and value and will finish the week with a sustained pose. Also covered in detail will be various contemporary drawing approaches with charcoal in a long pose format. This course is suitable for students who are new to portraiture and those who have had some previous experience. Some previous general drawing experience is recommended.

11766 | August 27-31, 9:15am-12:15pm

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$265.00 + HST (model fee included)

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Surrealist Painting

with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

Surrealism was a major cultural movement in the early 20th century that challenged the artistic norms of the day. Using artists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte and more, students will explore the visual vocabulary that marked this movement to create unique works of art that defy reason. Students may work in acrylic or oils.

11767 | August 27-31, 1:15-4:15pm

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Landscape Painting

with Paul Robert Turner

Designed for those who have some experience with painting, this program will take students to the next step as they explore an exciting range of techniques and approaches to landscape painting. Working from images or personal photographs, students will work on the fundamentals including composition, perspective, colour mixing, and paint application. Plenty of individual attention and critique will be provided and students will enjoy demonstrations at the beginning of each class. Students may choose to work in oils or acrylics.

11768 | August 27-31, 1:15-4:15pm

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$250.00 + HST

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