FINE ARTS

Join us for an exciting new year at the Oakville Academy for the Arts! We are pleased to offer new and exciting programs for our young artists to explore!

2018/2019 FINE ART PROGRAMS AND CLASSES

Monday | Fine Arts Technique | Ages 10-13

This course is tailored to students with a love for art who have some previous artistic experience in drawing and painting. It’s especially ideal for those looking to pursue further studies in the arts and build a diverse portfolio.

True to the foundations for creating successful artwork, Fine Arts Technique has a strong emphasis on the principles of design. Working with both traditional and non-traditional elements, through the use of various media, students will learn and apply important skills and techniques through various exploratory exercises and projects such as landscape painting, still life studies, portraiture, abstract art, and others.
Fundamentals learned here, will be critical for each student as they move forward, striving to become better artists. Not only will students create, but they will also learn how to take a step back – examining and understanding how to improve upon and complete their final pieces.

One of the most important aspects of this course, is to help and encourage students to unlock their creative spirit without any inhibition. This course is tailored to each student’s needs and interests, aiming to help learners reach new grounds for improvement.

Monday

6:15pm-7:45pm

Ages 10-13

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Monday | Portfolio Development and Advanced Art | Ages 13+

This course is crucial for students who are thinking of a future in fine art or illustration. Whether it be getting into an art high school or university program of their choice, our art instructor has a deep knowledge of the expectations and procedures for these application and interview processes.

Tailored to students who have a sincere love for art, and who have some previous experience in drawing and painting – we’ll be exploring key principles of design, while continuing to develop and improve our skills through a variety of of projects. Examples include life drawing, landscape painting, still life studies, perspective, portraiture, as well as various improvised projects.

This course is designed to help budding artists refine their practice – providing an opportunity for learning how to navigate through the creative artistic process, along with the critical analysis involved when looking to art for inspiration.

Monday

7:45pm-9:15pm

Ages 13+

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Tuesday | Adult Art

Our adult art classes are offered to artists of all abilities (even if you’ve never drawn or painted before!) on a drop-in basis, every Tuesday and Thursday.

This class is especially helpful to students who may be looking to “get back into art”, yet just aren’t sure how to go about it.  These classes are very laid back, and our instructor is extremely patient and encouraging, no matter what level you are at.

While lessons do tend to focus on creating beautiful, finished paintings in acrylic or watercolour, students are encouraged to offer suggestions according to the kind of artwork they would like to create and also to bring their own work to class for additional help and feedback.

Tuesday

12:00pm-3:00pm

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Tuesday | Your Creative Mind | Ages 5-7

This course is made for children who love being creative and artistic. We will explore a variety of projects that will allow for our students to learn the fundamental techniques and terminology used in fine arts.

Expanding on this, students will work on projects tailored to their unique interests and skills. Always encouraged to “think outside the box”, it’s never too early to learn how to express yourself through the techniques of fine art. Since our minds are in constant motion and in need of new adventures, each class will explore different projects with inspiration from famous artists and their works, as well as important artistic techniques.

Students will be keeping quite busy and creatively stimulated throughout the year, using a variety of surfaces and mediums. Working with oil pastels, acrylic & watercolour paint, clay, plaster bandage, pen & ink, and others – many exciting projects await!

Tuesday

6:15pm-7:30pm

Ages 5-7

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Tuesday | Mixed Media Exploration | Ages 9+

An advanced version of Introduction to Mixed Media, this class is designed for students who enjoy experimenting with a variety of artistic mediums, and who have prior experience with art.

Working with pencil, pen & ink, pastel, acrylic & watercolour paints, sculpture and others – lessons in this class will be based on a specific theme or topic. With each new assignment, students will be introduced to new skill – as modelled by the their teacher. They will then apply these learned skills to their own work.

An example of a lesson, would involve learning to create dimension through value using acrylic paint. Students would first practice this skill, using the blending and shading technique to create a sense of realism and depth in their work. They would then go on, applying this technique and others – to create a finished scene on canvas, such as a landscape or abstract piece.

This class introduces more advanced techniques in a scaffolded teaching style to ensure all learners are reached, allowing students to build upon their prior knowledge and skills.

Tuesday

7:30pm-9:30pm

Ages 5-7

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Wednesday | Painting Fundamentals | Ages 10+

This course is designed to introduce students to key fundamentals in painting such as colour theory, composition, perspective and tone. Painting techniques for three different mediums – acrylic, watercolour and gouache will be explored.

Beginning with form rendering and gradients, students will undertake a variety of challenging, yet extremely enjoyable and rewarding painting assignments – each one producing a beautiful, finished piece of artwork.

Other projects include: grey to colour, conveying mood, skies and clouds, texture, landscapes, collage, and creating a “master copy” based on a painting by your favourite artist.

Wednesday

6:30pm-9:00pm

Ages 10+

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Thursday | Intro into Art | Ages 5-7

This class is ideal for young aspiring artists, who are taking art for the very first time.

With classes focusing on a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional projects such as drawing, painting and sculpture – students have a unique opportunity to express themselves by creating and developing an appreciation for the arts.

A discovery of important fundamentals, mediums and tools – along with some interesting findings in art history – Intro to Art encourages children to solve problems, to work with others, and of course, to have a whole lot of fun while doing it!

Wednesday

6:15pm-7:15pm

Ages 5-7

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Friday | Your Creative Mind | Ages 5-7

This course is made for children who love being creative and artistic. We will explore a variety of projects that will allow for our students to learn the fundamental techniques and terminology used in fine arts.

Expanding on this, students will work on projects tailored to their unique interests and skills.  Always encouraged to “think outside the box”, it’s never too early to learn how to express yourself through the techniques of fine art. Since our minds are in constant motion and in need of new adventures, each class will explore different projects with inspiration from famous artists and their works, as well as important artistic techniques.

Students will be keeping quite busy and creatively stimulated throughout the year, using a variety of surfaces and mediums.  Working with oil pastels, acrylic & watercolour paint, clay, plaster bandage, pen & ink, and others – many exciting projects await!

Friday

6:15pm-7:30pm

Ages 5-7

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Friday | Introduction to Mixed Media | Ages 8-10

This course is made for children who love exploring with lots of different media to create beautiful works of art. Here, students have the opportunity to explore an array of different artistic mediums, prior to focusing on a specific medium, that they enjoy working with the most.

Throughout the year, we look at a variety of different styles, constantly inspiring and encouraging students with new techniques and terminology introduced each lesson.  Every week, students embark on creative adventures using mediums such as oil pastels, acrylic and watercolour paint, pen & ink, as well as sculpture using clay and plaster bandage.

Such a diverse and inspiring art class, the creative possibilities with mixed media are truly endless – encouraging students to become the artists they wish to be!

Friday

7:30pm-9:00pm

Ages 8-10

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Saturday | Meet the Masters! | Ages 5-7

Rich in art history, this course introduces the amazing world of art to young artists.  Students will create works, based on techniques and inspirations of famous creators – those like Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso.

In addition to art, each class is supplemented with additional learning activities, involving historical time period, world geography, and trivia.  With each master studied, students will explore art movements such as impressionism, cubism, symbolism and more.

Working with paint, pastels, clay, and other mediums, this educational art class is designed to release the artist within!

Saturday

9:00am-10:00am

Ages 5-7

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Saturday | Mixed Media | Ages 7-11

This course is made for kids who love exploring with different media and creating beautiful works of art. In this class our students explore a wide range of media! This course is made so that students are given the opportunity to explore the wide array of mediums before being given the opportunity to focusing on a medium they love and feel comfortable with. This class is all about the experimental process. We explore various styles through learning about a new technique or terminology each lesson. Though this class our students embark on creative adventures using the traditional mediums such as painting charcoal, pastel, and clay. We also explore various other artistic genres such as collage, design, composition and many more. The possibilities are endless for exploration and creativity! This class allows our students to become the artists they wish to be.

Saturday

10:00am-11:30pm

Ages 7-11

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Saturday | How to Draw People and Animals | Ages 10+

Exploring human and animal form, How to Draw People and Animals focuses on developing each student’s personal drawing style – through the study and application of structure, proportion, and anatomy.

Influenced by traditional animation techniques – based on those taught at Sheridan College, students will develop the skill, knowledge and drawing habits, to create a variety of different subjects from the animal kingdom, including: people, mammals, birds, reptiles, sea creatures, and even animals of fantasy, like dragons and unicorns!

Examples of lessons include: drawing human heads and hands, learning the correct proportion for drawing horses and cats, and combining all knowledge into creating unique and believable creature designs.

In addition to pencil and ink, mediums such as oil-based pencil crayons and watercolour will be introduced, helping students to transform their original drawings into beautiful vibrant works of art.

Note:  Students are encouraged to work in their sketchbook every week, and bring it to class for review.

Saturday

12:00pm-1:30pm

Ages 10+

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Saturday | Creating Characters | Ages 10+

Inspired by famous movies, cartoons and comics – this course teaches students how to create unique, believable cartoon characters. With a strong focus on story, students will complete a variety of traditional animation-based assignments including: sketching, character development, 360 degree turnarounds, lineups, action poses, emotions and more.

In addition to pencil and ink, other mediums such as oil-based pencil crayons and watercolour will be introduced – teaching students how to incorporate colour and light to further enhance their work. This will be especially helpful in projects such as the time period piece, famous artist stylization, and creating a short sequence for a comic strip or graphic novel.

Whether creating characters for comics, games, storybooks, or simply just for fun – this course is designed to (and will) take your drawing skills to whole new level!

Note: Students are encouraged to work in their sketchbook every week, and bring it to class for review.

Saturday

1:30pm-3:00pm

Ages 10+

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Saturday | Perspective Drawing and Design | Ages 10+

This course introduces students to key fundamentals of perspective and design, through practical application. Influenced by principles of both illustration and animation, students will complete a variety of different projects, each class supplemented with essential tools and techniques for creating believable, three-dimensional drawings.

Areas of study include: one, two and three-point perspective, bird’s and worm’s eye views, vehicle and object drawing, placing characters within environments, and drawing buildings and cities. For a final assignment, students will create a three-dimensional theme-based scene, that includes a character in setting, with multiple believable objects.

In addition to pencil and ink, other mediums such as oil-based pencil crayons and watercolour will be introduced to convey realism using colour and light.

Saturday

3:00pm-4:30pm

Ages 10+

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– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Sunday | Meet the Masters! | Ages 5-7

Rich in art history, this course introduces the amazing world of art to young artists. Students will create works, based on techniques and inspirations of famous creators – those like Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso.

In addition to art, each class is supplemented with additional learning activities, involving historical time period, world geography, and trivia. With each master studied, students will explore art movements such as impressionism, cubism, symbolism and more.

Working with paint, pastels, clay, and other mediums, this educational art class is designed to release the artist within!

Sunday

10:00am-11:00am

Ages 5-7

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Sunday | Learn to Draw Manga and Anime | Ages 10+ *NEW*

A brand new class, here students will learn various skills and techniques for creating both characters, and environments, inspired by this traditional Japanese drawing style.

Throughout the course, students will learn specific techniques and tips such as how to accurately draw faces, how to draw bodies in the correct proportion, how to convey expression and attitude, and how to create important features such as eyes, hairstyles and hands. Students will also learn how to design convincing layouts and backgrounds, helping them to create their own unique manga-inspired “spreads” – their characters drawn interacting with the world around them.

In addition to pencil and ink, other mediums such as oil-based pencil crayons and watercolour will be introduced, aiding to convey a sense of realism using colour and light.

Note: Students are encouraged to work in their sketchbook every week, and bring it to class for review.

Sunday

11:00am-12:30pm

Ages 10+

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Sunday | How to Draw People and Animals | Ages 10+

Exploring human and animal form, How to Draw People and Animals focuses on developing each student’s personal drawing style – through the study and application of structure, proportion, and anatomy.

Influenced by traditional animation techniques – based on those taught at Sheridan College, students will develop the skill, knowledge and drawing habits, to create a variety of different subjects from the animal kingdom, including: people, mammals, birds, reptiles, sea creatures, and even animals of fantasy, like dragons and unicorns!

Examples of lessons include: drawing human heads and hands, learning the correct proportion for drawing horses and cats, and combining all knowledge into creating unique and believable creature designs.

In addition to pencil and ink, mediums such as oil-based pencil crayons and watercolour will be introduced, helping students to transform their original drawings into beautiful vibrant works of art.

Note: Students are encouraged to work in their sketchbook every week, and bring it to class for review.

Sunday

12:30pm-2:00pm

Ages 10+

– Spots Available for Registration

– No Spots Available for Registration

– Only Limited or Waiting List Spots Available

Come in and see where we can take you or your child this year