Classes

Classes have been moved temporarily to South Davis Road School - 444 Parkhill Terrance.


Introduction to Acrylics: for beginners or experienced artists

In this class we will be introducing new or returning students to the basics of acrylic paint, mediums and tools. Fun projects are assigned to learn to apply these basics. Students will be encouraged to have fun and create acrylic paintings on subjects that they love.

Instructor: Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA

Class size: 5 to 9 students

Date: Wednesdays, TBA

Time: 12:30PM - 2:30PM

Cost per student: 85.00/4 weeks

Material fees: $20.00

Material List: Assorted canvas, synthetic brushes at least 3 sizes flats, 3" and 2" hardware store paint brushes, 2 plastic scrapers, paper towels, 2 water cans, yogurt/margarine containers, round plastic palette, Golden Acrylic paint (Phthalo blue, Quinacridone magenta, Hansa yellow light, Carbon black, Titanium white), Golden acrylic gloss medium, color wheel, Value Scale (free from Liquitex Sketch book), assorted pencils, and an apron.

Supplies can be purchased from Iron Oxide in Nanaimo (10% discount if you mention this course), Michael's, or Opus Art Supplies.


Fall Classes


­­­­­­Playful Letters

Instructor: Carolytnn Dallaire

Over four weeks, enjoy making beautiful letters that will enhance any card, envelope, document, poster and art piece.  Using a fine liner, we will learn several distinctive monoline alphabets that are easy to make look fine on the page.  As well, we will explore a few large, playful alphabets that will make our work most appealing.  Enjoy some contemporary lettering in a relaxed atmosphere.

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  September 19th, 26th, October 10th and 17th

Time:  6:30pm - 9:30pm

Cost per Student:  $100

Material List:  Pencil, Eraser, ruler, scissors.  Gel pens are optional.




Willow Chair Making

Instructor:  Andrew Kent

In one day, you can make and take home your own classic willow chair.  Using Willow and Alder, this is a great first rustic building project.  No previous building experience required.

Class Size:  Under 5 Students

Date: October 27th, 2019

Time: 9:00PM - 5:00PM

Cost per Student:  $250.00

Material Fee: Non

Material List:  All tools and material are provided




All About Texture

Instructor:  Joanne Purdy

In this workshop you will learn several techniques on how to add texture to your paintings!  We will be using oils and acrylics and we will be painting two canvases!  Everything is included.  Paint, canvases, easels, brushes, knives, step by step instructions etc., just bring lunch.  It will be a fun, informative and relaxing day of painting!

Class Size:  5-9

Date:  October 19th, 2019

Time:  9:30AM - 3:30PM

Cost per Student:  $100.00

Material Fee:  None

Material List:  None


How to Paint Realistic Waterfalls

Instructor:  Joanne Purdy

In this relaxing and informative painting workshop we will be painting with oil and acrylics, covering all aspects of painting waterfalls.  How the surroundings and what’s underneath the water affect the colour, shadows, etc. and most importantly how the water flows!  There will be several reference photos to choose from or if you have your own favourite picture you are welcome to bring it.  Everything is included in this workshop.  Paint, canvas, brushes, step by step instructions, etc., just bring your lunch for a fun day of painting!

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  November 9th, 2019

Time:  9:30AM - 3:30PM

Cost per Student:  $100.00

Material Fees:  None

Material List:  None


Introduction to Acrylics

Instructor:  Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA

In this class we will be introducing new or returning students to the basics of acrylic paint, mediums and tools.  Fun projects are assigned to learn to apply these basics.  Students will be encouraged to have fun and create acrylic paintings on subjects that they love.

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  First 4 Wednesdays of every month

Time:  12:30PM - 2:30PM

Cost per Student:  $85.00/4 Weeks

Material Fees:  $30.00 or bring your own materials

Material List: None

Drop In:  $30.00 per class


Mixed Media Mash-Up – After School Art 6-13

Instructor:  Josslyn Meyers

Scribble, scratch and brush colour and build all sorts of cool designs from around the world.  Mixing creating with cool good quality art materials is tons of fun.

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  October 24th, 31st, November 7th and 14th

Time:  3:30PM - 5:15PM

Cost per Student:  $40.00

Material fees: $10.00

Material List:  None


Impressions and Creations of Nature – After School Art for ages 6-13

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Instructor:  Josslyn Meyers

Express your love for nature by learning some drawing secrets!  Design, composition, colour and illustration of stories will be featured.  Drawing, printmaking, watercolour, and sculpture, observing nature’s forms will inspire you to observe the world carefully.

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  November 21st, 28th, December 5th, 12th

Time:  3:30PM - 5:15PM

Cost per Student:  $40.00

Material Fees:  $10.00

Material List:  None


Watercolour Magic

Instructor:  Josslyn Meyers

Learn about or review your wash techniques, concentrate on composition, have fun being creative, and find new ways of applying watercolour to a subject of your choice.

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  October 22nd, 29th, November 5th, and 12th

Time:  9:30AM - 12:00PM

Cost per Student:  $80.00

Material Fees:  $15.00

Material List:  Good quality watercolour paper, brushes and paints.  Contact the instructor for a full list



Watercolour Pours and Landscape Pointers

Instructor:  Josslyn Meyers

Learn and have fun with watercolour pours – a new technique to start you landscape.  Then go over the step by step process of resolving your landscape.  Suitable for everyone.

Class Size:  Under 5 Students

Dates:  October 26th

Time:  10:00AM - 3:30PM

Cost per Student:  $60.00

Material Fees:  $20.00

Material List:  Good quality water colour paper, brushes and paints – contact the instructor for a full list.



Instagram for Beginners:  Artists Edition

Instructor:  Francesca Reside

Learn about Instagram, a free photo and video sharing app that is perfect for artists and arts organizations.  Learn how to set up and account, upload photos or videos and share them with followers or a select group of people.  You will also learn how to view, comment and like posts.  We will also discuss the extra things that make Instagram one of the most popular social media platforms for artists.

Class Size:  5-9

Dates:  October 10th

Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Cost per Student:  $25.00

Material Fees:  None

Material List:  Please bring your device (tablet or iPad).  Instagram is only available on Apple iOS and Android phone. Not available on laptops or PC. If downloading App from App Store for iPad please bring your password that you would use to sign into iTunes.


On going classes


Art with Barry for Seniors

Learn or keep learning how to paint with Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA, an experienced Seniors Art Instructor retired from the Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa. Improve your life and health by regularly practicing art. Easy to follow lessons are fun and will increase your happy social time.

Dates:  Friday mornings ongoing class runs the first 4 Fridays of every month.  

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM or 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Cost per student:
$50.00

Material Fee:
$20.00

Material List: None