Painting & Arts Combo

Go Beyond Drawing in Spring 2021

 Painting, journalling and sculpting are the natural next step after drawong. Our unique and systematic teaching process provides students with “take-home” knowledge and skills that promotes independence.

We offer introductory classes in watercolour, acrylic painting & arts combo. Intermediate students are welcome to join instructor-lead projects, or bring in their own projects to work on alongside other students and receive mentorship from our artist instructor. 


Art journaling for families

Come together as couple, parent-child pair or family. Have fun as you explore and experiment with mixed media techniques.  Learn our process for building gem journal pages that you will treasure forever. 

We can accommodate 3 families for a cozy and personal experience. 

  • Instructor: Deborah Lawton
  • March 15 to May 31, 2021; no class April 5 & May 24
  • Mondays 6:15 – 7:45 pm
  • Fee (incl. GST): $315 Adults; $157.50 for accompanying child 
  • Please bring our own journal. Maximum 8 x 10 size  with good quality drawing paper. Studio materials are included. 


Adult Learn Watercolour Painting: Basics

In this class for beginners, learn basic techniques for painting with watercolours while discovering the unique properties of this medium. While learning painting techniques, we encourage exploration of the materials and personal creative expression. Knowledge of drawing fundamentals and confidence in own drawing skills is beneficial but not necessary. 

  • Instructor: Alesha Buczny
  • April 7th – May 26, 2021
  • Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Materials are not included. Instructor will provide a supply list at the time of registration

Watercolour Painting: Beyond the basics

In this intermediate watercolour class, continue to develop the foundational techniques of watercolour while expanding to more complex subjects, styles, and processes. Traditional, alternative and experimental approaches will be explored to create imagery that is lively, vibrant and authentic. Deepen your knowledge of colour theory and learn how to create 30 different colours from the 3 primaries. Discover the unique properties of different surfaces and mediums such as India ink, a gouache resist and gel mediums. Achieve more expressive paintings and beautiful compositions with this medium while enjoying the creative process through experimentation and improvisation. Inspiration may come from the instructor-lead lessons or your project of choice. 

  • Instructor: Alesha Buczny
  • April 7th – May 26, 2021
  • Wednesdays 11:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Materials are not included. Instructor will provide a supply list at the time of registration


Learn Acrylic Painting: Basics
In-studio + Online

Have you had your fill of Paint and Sip projects? Ready for a more in-depth painting experience? This class will introduce you to the wonder of painting with acrylic paints through hands-on learning. Create several finished compositions and gain confidence in your own personal, creative expression. 

This class starts at the beginning and is designed for those with minimal to zero painting experience. Simple subject matter such as botanicals, landscapes, and still life will be explored. Fundamental art concepts of form, light, colour and texture are applied to create paintings you’ll be proud to display. Knowledge of basic drawing vocabulary is beneficial but not required.   

Adults with painting experience are welcome too! Join us on Friday mornings and practice your art in a communal setting with a supportive and friendly group of peers. Our studio offers a lovely space with natural lighting in which to create and relax. Mentorship and feedback/critiques are offered if you would like. Take your paintings to the next level. This class allows students the option of bringing in their own projects.

Grab some friends to enjoy this relaxing class with you. 10 % discount offered when 2 or more people sign up together.  Drop-in Available: Bring in your own projects or request specific subject/project ideas. Minimum of 5 students required to offer the class.  

  • Instructor: Shanon Fitzgerald
  • April 9th – May 28th, 2021
  • Fridays 10 am – noon
  • Materials are not included.  Instructor will provide a supply list at the time of registration.

ONLINE Acrylic Abstract Painting

Loosen up and learn how to paint without fear! During this class we’ll be exploring various methods of creating marks, shapes, and patterns to produce abstract images that are all your own. Learn about composition, brushwork, and colour while accessing your intuition and imagination!

Required materials include acrylic painting starter kit: 8 tubes, brushes, canvas paper, painter’s tape and a few boards (could just be pieces of cardboard), a water container, cotton rags or shop towels, and a larger palette for mixing (could just be a styrofoam plate).


Arts Combo for Teens & Adults:
mixed media + sculpting

This class is a combination of Zentangle, art journaling, sculpting, and acrylic painting. Students explore many professional art techniques and mediums while creating finished art pieces. Students are guided through the same process used by professional artists. All projects begin with raw materials and common supplies.

Projects will include:

  • Zentangle Portrait: a mindful process of repetitive mark-making to create patterns and designs. 
  • Print-making with self-made stamp, stencils and Geli plates.
  • Journal building and book binding.
  • Art journal projects combine dry, wet and textured mediums with everyday materials for personal expression.
  • Acrylic painting.
  • Embossed disc sculpture: armature and relief sculpture techniques.

Register with a friend or family member. Everyone has more fun and saves 10% each! You’ll look forward to this creative opportunity to bond and learn together. This is just the right class for teens and adults together! Teachers and educators are also welcome to experience the process of art journalling as a learning tool with their own students.

Art supplies/materials provided; some personal items may be requested.

  • Instructor: Deborah Lawton
  • Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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