Find Your Passion: Adult Classes
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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. We believe working with professional instructors who are practicing artists helps to inspire students and ensures that the latest studio approaches are being taught.
Small class sizes allow for plenty of one-on-one attention, guidance and critique. The School fosters a real sense of community where both novice and advanced students can find programs that enhance their individual styles of learning.
Students are given various opportunities to display their work both at the School and at outside venues like galleries and restaurants. Our online gallery, Facebook page and Flickr page allows adults to showcase their work to a wider audience.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own materials for their class unless otherwise stated.

Current Term Dates

Fall:
Monday, September 24, 2018 – Saturday, December 15, 2018
Winter:
Monday, January 7, 2019 – Saturday, March 9, 2019
Spring:
Monday, April 8, 2019 – Saturday, June 15, 2019

The school will be closed on:

Family Day Weekend:
Saturday, February 16 – Monday,  February 18, 2019
Easter Weekend:
Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 2019
Victoria Day Weekend:
Saturday, May 18 – Monday,  May 20, 2019

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 varied subject matter will be explored. 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.

11801 – Tuesdays 12:30-3:30 PM

Winter: $395.00 + HST
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11804 – Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Winter: $395.00 + HST
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11807 – Saturdays 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Winter: $295.00 + HST
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Abstract Painting

with Moira Clark / 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.

11795 – Mondays 12:30-3:30 PM, with Moira Clark

Winter: $340.00 + HST
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11798 – Mondays 7:00-10:00 PM, with Pete Smith

Winter: $340.00 + HST
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Classical Painting Techniques

with Roberto Rosenman / Andrew Judd

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.

11825 – Mondays 12:30-3:30 PM with Andrew Judd

Winter: $340.00 + HST
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11828 – Wednesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM with Roberto Rosenman

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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Colour in Painting

with Andrew Judd / Anna Yuschuk

Colour is the life of a painting. In this course we will look into the relationship between colours, its psychological and physical characteristics, and practical mixing principles. We will explore historical background of colour theory, attributes of colour such as values, chroma, hue and colour harmony. Through practical exercises and demonstrations students will learn how to create colour schemes and to successfully employ them in abstract and representational artwork in any media. Suitable for all levels. Students may work in oils or acrylics. Material list provided.

11831 – Tuesdays 9:00-12:00 PM with Anna Yuschuk

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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12178 – Thursdays 12:30-3:30 PM with Andrew Judd

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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Contemporary Painting

with Martha Johnson / Pete Smith

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.

11834 – Mondays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, with Pete Smith (Acrylics and Oil)

Winter: $350.00 + HST
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11837 – Thursdays 7:00 -10:00 PM, with Martha Johnson (Acrylics only)

Winter: $390.00 + HST
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Drawing & Painting for Beginners

with Sadko Hadzihasanovic / 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.

11858 – Wednesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, with Pete Smith

Winter: $340.00 + HST
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11885 – Wednesdays 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, with Pete Smith

Winter: $340.00 + HST
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11861 – Fridays 1:00-3:30 PM, with Sadko Hadzihasanovic

Winter: $320.00 + 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.

11864 – Tuesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM with Sam Paonessa

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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Exploring the Poetic Landscape

with Sam Paonessa

This class explores expression in the emotional part of painting to evoke an emotional response. The individual artist will choose references and subject matter that have personal significance. Instructor will help develop ideas, suggest techniques and provide inspiration. For Intermediate and advanced painters.

11909 – Fridays 12:30 PM-3:30 PM with Sam Paonessa

Winter: $410.00 + HST
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Impressionist Painting

with Anna Yuschuk / Sarah Jane Gorlitz

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 harmony and chords” of impressionist painting and will address one’s ability to mix colours in either physical or optical process. This course is best suited for students with some past experience in drawing and painting. Material list provided.

11867 – Tuesdays 12:30-3:30PM, with Anna Yuschuk

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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11870 – Fridays 09:00AM-12:00PM, with Sarah Jane Gorlitz

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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Independent Studies in Painting

with Andrew Judd

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.Students may work in any medium of their choosing: oils, acrylics or watercolour. Materials provided. (material list provided)

12175 – Thursdays 09:00AM-12:00 PM, with Andrew Judd

Winter: $380.00 + 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.

11873 – Mondays 12:30-3:30 PM, with Martha Johnson

Winter: $350.00 + HST
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Landscape Painting

with Andrew Judd / 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.

11879 – Mondays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, with Andrew Judd

Winter: $340.00 + HST
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11882 – Wednesdays 12:30 PM-3:30 PM, with Pete Smith

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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12181 – Thursdays 7:00 -10:00 PM, with Andrew Judd

Winter: $380.00 + 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.

11888 – Fridays 12:30-3:30 PM

Winter: $405.00 + HST
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Painting for Beginners

with Andrew Judd / Martha Johnson

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.

11891 – Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM, with Martha Johnson

Winter: $295.00 + HST
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11894 – Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 PM, with Andrew Judd

Winter: $390.00 + HST
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Painting for the Terrified

with Sam Paonessa / Martha Johnson

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 the absolute beginner. Material list provided.

11897 – Fridays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, with Sam Paonessa

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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11900 – Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 AM, with Martha Johnson

Winter: $230.00 + HST
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Painting Portraiture Through Colour

with Stella Cade

Through this course, students will learn to master and control colour as a way of creating dynamic and emotional portraits. Moving beyond replication, students will learn technical paint and colour theory skills and will become confident in an exploration of material for the creation of their artwork! This course is well suited for people with some drawing knowledge and is adaptable to those new to painting. Students may work in either oils or acrylics. Material list provided. Model fee included.

11903 – Tuedays 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, with Stella Cade

Winter: $410.00 + HST
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Portfolio Building

with Jennifer Chin

This advanced studio course is intended for young artists interested in building a cohesive portfolio of work while developing their repertoire of art-making techniques. Through a series of hands-on projects, students will gain experience and technical proficiency in a wide variety of media. Techniques covered in this course include drawing and painting from observation, sketchbook and concept development and drawing the human form. Studio work will be supplemented with discussions and critiques to allow students to develop a language through which they can exercise observation, research and critical thinking skills. For college, university and art school applicants, interview and presentation techniques will also be discussed. Material list provided & model fee included.

11912 – Thursdays 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, with Jennifer Chin

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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Portrait Drawing & Painting

with Anna Yuschuk

This course is designed for those who wish to advance their portrait drawing and painting skills to be applied to any medium. Through innovative instruction and traditional knowledge students will explore a contemporary approach to representing the human face. Participants will execute two works per term with a focus on technical command and quality of expression. A variety of media and techniques will be explored to encourage individual expression and skill. Material list provided. Model fee included.

11906 – Thursdays 12:30-3:30 PM

Winter: $410.00 + HST
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Still-Life: From Representation to Abstraction

with Moira Clark

This painting course will explore the genre of still-life as it moves from representation to abstraction. Students will begin by depicting everyday objects in a naturalistic style by exploring the fundamentals of colour theory, composition, perspective, paint handling and application. Students will then progress 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 work in either oils or acrylics. Material list provided.

11915 – Thursdays 7:00 PM-9:30 PM, with Moira Clark

Winter: $380.00 + HST
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Traditional Portrait Painting Techniques

with Roberto Rosenman

Through an exploration of traditional oil painting techniques utilized by the old masters, students will delve into the genre of portraiture and develop strategies for translating the seemingly elusive colors we see in human flesh. Students will begin by learning the various methods to accurately draw the portrait while gaining an understanding of Cranial anatomy. Then using a combination of methods such as the Zorn palette, the Flemish technique, and the extended palette; students will develop a solid understanding of creating convincing flesh tones and capturing the character of the model. Proportion, value, colour mixing, brush handling, and materials will be discussed throughout each session. Intermediate drawing skills are recommended. Model fee included. Material list provided.

11918 – Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 PM

Winter: $410.00 + HST
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