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Canvas Method offers a wide range of art programming. Check out our daytime, evening, and weekend classes below. Online learning coming soon!
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in-person classes:

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

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daytime classes

OPEN PAINTING STUDIO

Create your own project (or further develop existing work), taking your art to the next level in a supportive class environment.

Ongoing course, runs in 4-week cycles.

Instructor: Cara Bain
Thursdays, June 30–July 21
(4 classes, mornings)

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Still Life in Watercolours

Learn how to create realistic still life paintings in watercolour that convey convincing 3-dimensional form, light & texture. 

Instructor: James Koll
Wednesdays, July 27–August 17
(4 classes, mornings)

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OPEN PAINTING STUDIO

Create your own project (or further develop existing work), taking your art to the next level in a supportive class environment.

Ongoing course, runs in 4-week cycles.

Instructor: Cara Bain
Thursdays, July 28–August 18
(4 classes, mornings)

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Landscape Painting: Simplifying Complexity

Learn how to simplify the complex elements within various  landscapes, and create beautifully harmonious painting with efficient brushwork. 

Instructor: Cara Bain
Fridays, July 29–August 19
(4 classes, mornings)

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evening classes

Drawing Essentials

All levels are welcome. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, then spend plenty of time with each student one-on-one. 

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Mondays, July 25–August 22
(5 classes)

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Figure Drawing:
Gesture & Structure

Bring more force, feeling, and simplicity into your figure drawings to give them a heightened sense of confidence, ease, and flow.

Instructor: Thomaz Magno
Tuesdays, July 26–August 23
(5 classes)

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Oil Painting for Beginners

Ideal for total beginners, as well as for experienced painters looking to revisit the fundamentals and refine their skill sets. 

Instructor: Cara Bain
Wednesdays, July 27–August 24
(5 classes)

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OPEN PAINTING STUDIO

Create your own project (or further develop existing work), taking your art to the next level in a supportive class environment.

Ongoing course, runs in 5-week cycles.

Instructor: Renee Duval
Wednesdays, July 27–August 24
(5 classes)

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Portrait Painting:
Tiling & Colour

Learn how to paint the portrait with a unique and effective method called ‘tiling’, using distinct, mosaic-like shapes of skin tones to describe the form of the face. 

Instructor: Cara Bain
Thursdays, July 28–August 25
(5 classes)

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STILL LIFE PAINTING

Explore traditional techniques and contemporary approaches to create expressive and realistic still lifes.

Instructor: Garrett Eaton
Fridays, July 29–August 26
(5 classes)

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Landscape Painting in Acrylics

Develop the technical skills to create acrylic landscape paintings with beautiful and convincing space.

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Tuesdays, August 2–August 30
(5 classes)

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weekend classes

Expressive Floral Painting

Take your flower paintings to the next level with a fast, fun and creative approach. Incorporate abstract and expressionistic elements into your work

Instructor: Steve Williams
Saturdays, July 2–July 23
(4 classes, mornings)

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Portrait Painting:
Light & Colour

Develop your skills in mixing life-like skin tones, creating glowing light effects, and achieving accurate proportions of the face.

Instructor: Steve Williams
Saturdays, July 2–July 23
(4 classes, afternoons)

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Jenny Saville: Expressive Colour & Mark-Making

Explore Jenny Saville’s unique approach in creating powerful and evocative paintings, charged with daring and energetic mark-making.

Instructor: Justin Ogilvie
Saturday & Sunday
July 2 & 3
(weekend workshop)

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Drawing Essentials

All levels are welcome. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, then spend plenty of time with each student one-on-one. 

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Sundays, July 3–July 24
(4 classes, afternoons)

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Vermeer: Capturing Light & Expression

Working step-by-step, create a fully finished painting of ‘Girl With the Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer.

Instructor: Steve Williams
Saturdays, August 6–August 27
(4 classes, mornings)

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Landscape Painting: Composition & Colour Harmony

Develop the technical skills to create landscape paintings with beautiful and convincing space. 

Instructor: Steve Williams
Saturdays, August 6–August 27
(4 classes, afternoons)

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Oil Painting for Beginners

Ideal for total beginners, as well as for experienced painters looking to revisit the fundamentals and refine their skill sets. 

Instructor: Garrett Eaton
Sundays, August 7–August 28
(4 classes, mornings)

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Open Drawing Studio

Create your own project (or further develop existing work), taking your art to the next level in a supportive class environment.

Instructor: Col Urrutia
Sundays, August 7–August 28
(4 classes, afternoons)

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Urban Landscapes in Soft Pastel

Develop the technical skills needed to create colourful and dynamic landscape pastel drawings.

Instructor: Andrew McDermott
Saturday & Sunday
August 13 & 14
(weekend workshop)

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Creative Figure Drawing

Bring an outside-the-box approach into figure drawing, as you experiment with mark making techniques using various drawing media.

Instructor: Justin Ogilvie
Saturday & Sunday
September 3 & 4
(weekend workshop)

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Learn from artists who draw on years of studio practice and academic teaching, guiding you to reach new levels in your art.

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how we teach
the 'CANVAS Method'™

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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