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Canvas Method offers a wide range of art programming. Check out our in-person classes below. Online courses coming soon!
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in-person courses:

Join our vibrant studio in the heart of Vancouver with ongoing weekly classes and weekend workshops. Our instructors work with you at your own pace, offering technical and creative guidance.

winter 2022

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PAINTING the figure / portrait

Learn to achieve greater realism, depth and a convincing finish in your paintings using both traditional and contemporary approaches.

Instructor: Garrett Eaton
Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 29 & 30
(weekend workshop)

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OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Learn everything you need to know to get started with oil painting. All levels welcome!

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 5 & 6
(weekend workshop)

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Limited Palette Landscape Weekend Workshop

Landscape Painting: Discovering the Power of a Limited Palette

Join contemporary landscape painter Maria Josenhans to hone your colour mixing skills, deepen your knowledge of colour theory, and add nuance to colour relationships.

Instructor: Maria Josenhans
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 12 & 13
(weekend workshop)

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FLORAL PAINTING:
CONTEMPORARY 
IMPRESSIONISM

Learn to paint believable and impressionistic flowers, using exciting brushwork and vibrant colours.

Instructor: Steve Williams
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 19 & 20
(weekend workshop)

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Watercolors Weekend Workshop

WATERCOLOURS:
FIGURES, PATTERNS & SILHOUETTES

Explore creative ways of working in watercolour, and discover new and exciting approaches to bring into your paintings.

Instructor: Sara Khan
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 26 & 27
(weekend workshop)

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spring 2022

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OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Learn everything you need to know to get started with oil painting. All levels welcome!

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Mondays, Feb. 28–Apr. 4
(6 classes)

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Drawing the Portrait: Learning from the Masters

Discover how the old masters composed their portraits by creating your own “master study”, then apply that knowledge to a portrait of your own.

Instructor: Joseph Leivdal
Tuesdays, Mar. 1–Apr. 5
(6 classes)

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painting the landscape

Learn about linear and atmospheric perspective, how to mix colours to create a harmonious effect of light, and how to paint impressionistic trees, rocks, clouds and more.

Instructor: Cara Bain
Wednesdays, Mar. 2 –Apr. 6
(6 classes)

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PAINTING THE PORTRAIT

Learn how to create beautiful portrait paintings with accurate proportions, dynamic skin tones and a convincing likeness.

Instructor: Cara Bain
Thursdays, Mar. 3 –Apr. 7
(6 classes)

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Still Life Painting In Oils

Develop a deep understanding of traditional techniques, as well as explore contemporary approaches in paint application.

Instructor: Garrett Eaton
Fridays, Mar. 4 –Apr. 8
(6 classes)

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Landscapes in Watercolour

Capture the beauty of nature by experimenting with the expressive possibilities of watercolour. At the same time, learn the proper technique & design principles.

Instructor: Javid Tabatabaei
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 5 & 6
(weekend workshop)

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Poetic Realism:
A Gestural Approach

Practice looser approaches to representational work. Try free and energetic approaches to build your skills and relationship to paint.

Instructor: Mel Williamson
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 12 & 13
(weekend workshop)

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Drawing Essentials Course_Mondays

DRAWING ESSENTIALS

Learn how to create convincing realism in charcoal, step-by-step. Take the weekend to explore/review the fundamentals of drawing.

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 19 & 20
(weekend workshop)

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Painting the Figure / Portrait

Fully develop one figure /portrait painting from start-to-finish, bringing together traditional & contemporary techniques.

Instructor: Garrett Eaton
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 26 & 27
(weekend workshop)

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OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Learn the foundations you need to create oil paintings grounded in good technique. Perfect for beginners, students switching from acrylics to oils, or painters who want to get back to basics.

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 2 & 3
(weekend workshop)

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Landscape Painting:
The Refined Palette

Take a deeper dive into the unlimited world of colour over the course of one weekend. Develop your own palette to express mood and ambiance.

Instructor: Maria Josenhans
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 9 & 10
(weekend workshop)

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Drawing the Classical Still Life

Train your eye to observe and understand the fall of light on simple objects and learn how to translate those observations into a beautifully rendered charcoal drawing.

Instructor: Joseph Leivdal
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 16 & 17
(weekend workshop)

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Bring together technical skill, creative exploration, and conceptual depth. Our unique teaching method is grounded in years of technical training, creative practice and academic research. We are passionate about creating artists who are well-rounded in each of the three elemental components:

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