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Canvas Method Adult Art Classes in Vancouver, BC
fall term courses
drawing + painting fundamentals:
weekly classes
  • Mondays
  • September 23 – December 16
  • 10am–1pm / 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: buy 5-class pass /
    try 1 class at 25% off (first-time students only)
  • skill level: beginners + all levels
  • medium: drawing + painting
  • instructor: Steve Williams
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Whether you are a beginner or professional artist...
Whether you are a beginner or professional artist, mastery of the fundamentals is a lifelong pursuit (all levels are welcome). In this class, you will learn the technical skills to create realistic drawings and paintings.

Our classes are open to all levels, as each student receives one-on-one instruction that is catered to their specific needs.

The instructor works with you at your own pace, offering technical and creative guidance, as you work on class exercises using a medium of your choice. In-class resources include plaster casts, still life objects, photographs of human figures, and master copies.

Each class is supplemented with individual and group feedback, lectures and suggested homework. For painters; oils and acrylics / gouache are welcome.
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Painting the Figure
  • Tuesdays
  • November 12 – December 17 (6 classes)
  • 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: $335
  • skill level: all levels
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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In this course, you will learn how to create...
In this course, you will learn how to create powerful, dynamic and lifelike figure paintings by exploring traditional techniques of the Old Masters, as well as contemporary approaches in paint application. In working from both the live model and reference materials, you will create gestural alla prima paintings with exciting brushwork and fresh colour, as well as develop detailed long paintings using step-by-step techniques (imprimatura, grisaille, ‘tiling’ colour, impasto, and glazing). Emphasis will be placed upon accuracy, and capturing the subtle nuances of skin by adjusting colour, edges, value and temperature.
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portrait drawing:
Anatomy & Facial Features
  • Wednesdays
  • November 13 – December 18 (6 classes)
  • 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: $335
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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Is it time to bring more depth, nuance, and...
Is it time to bring more depth, nuance, and precision into your portraits? Whether a drawer or painter, this course is essential for the portrait artist. Each class begins with a brief anatomy lecture, followed by drawing from the live model. Using basic drawing media in short and long poses, you will examine the head & facial features from various angles, learning how to draw them into simplified geometrical shapes & planes. Emphasis will be placed upon solidifying structure and proportion, achieving a likeness, and utilizing shading techniques to make convincing, 3-dimensional drawings. Attendees of this course will be able to draw the head from their imagination with ease, and enjoy greater realism in their portraiture!
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Figurative Quick Sketch
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • November 23 & 24
  • 10am–5pm
  • tuition: $275
  • skill level: Basic painting
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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Learning how to work quickly is key...
Learning how to work quickly is key to your development as a painter! This exciting workshop is specially designed to strengthen your observational skills and intuition through painting a live model in short poses. Using a simple skin tone palette and drawing directly with the brush, you will focus on the capturing the essence of the pose by simplifying shape, and adjusting colour, value, and temperature with spontaneity. Emphasis will be placed upon seeing the big picture, foregoing detail, and focusing on gesture and large masses. Poses will range from 15, 30, and 60 minutes, as well as a 3-hour pose. Attendees of this course will experience a heightened sense of creativity, momentum and courage.
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Painting the Portrait
  • Saturdays
  • November 30 - December 21 (4 classes)
  • 2:30–5:30pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: basic drawing & painting
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • instructor: Steve Williams
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In this course, you will learn how to paint realistic...
In this course, you will learn how to paint realistic and expressive portraits. Develop your skills in mixing life-like skin tones, creating glowing light effects, and achieving accurate proportions of the face. Each class begins with how to draw the head with a brush, using a variety of measuring techniques and then moves on to simple methods for painting shadows, half tones and light. In working from both the live model and reference materials, you will create finished portrait paintings in the alla prima technique, starting with a detailed underpainting and then using a ‘tiling’ technique to achieve a complex and nuanced final portrait painting.
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Creative Figure Drawing:
Pastel, Charcoal & Ink
  • Sundays
  • December 1 – 22 (4 classes)
  • 2:30–5:30pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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Are you ready to loosen up and get more...
Are you ready to loosen up and get more creative with your figure drawings? This exciting course brings an outside-the-box approach into figure drawing, as you experiment with mark making techniques using various drawing media. In working from the live model, exercises are designed to stimulate your imagination and yield surprising results. The instructor will guide you along step-by-step, showing you how to integrate techniques with coloured pastel (skin tones & abstract backgrounds), charcoal (expressive line & shading), and ink (calligraphic brushwork), all in one drawing! Attendees of this course will experience a sense of play, discovery, and creative flow in their work.
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drawing + painting fundamentals:
weekly classes
  • Mondays
  • January 13 – April 27
  • 10am–1pm / 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: buy 5-class pass /
    try 1 class at 25% off (first-time students only)
  • skill level: beginners + all levels
  • medium: drawing + painting
  • instructor: Steve Williams
materials list
Whether you are a beginner or professional artist...
Whether you are a beginner or professional artist, mastery of the fundamentals is a lifelong pursuit (all levels are welcome). In this class, you will learn the technical skills to create realistic drawings and paintings.

Our classes are open to all levels, as each student receives one-on-one instruction that is catered to their specific needs.

The instructor works with you at your own pace, offering technical and creative guidance, as you work on class exercises using a medium of your choice. In-class resources include plaster casts, still life objects, photographs of human figures, and master copies.

Each class is supplemented with individual and group feedback, lectures and suggested homework. For painters; oils and acrylics / gouache are welcome.
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painting the figure
  • Tuesdays
  • January 14 – February 18 (6 classes)
  • 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: $335
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
materials list
In this course, you will learn how to create...
In this course, you will learn how to create powerful, dynamic and lifelike figure paintings by exploring traditional techniques of the Old Masters, as well as contemporary approaches in paint application. In working from both the live model and reference materials, you will create gestural alla prima paintings with exciting brushwork and fresh colour, as well as develop detailed long paintings using step-by-step techniques (imprimatura, grisaille, ‘tiling’ colour, impasto, and glazing). Emphasis will be placed upon accuracy, and capturing the subtle nuances of skin by adjusting colour, edges, value and temperature.
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Dynamic figure drawing
  • Wednesdays
  • January 15 – February 19 (6 classes)
  • 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: $335
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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In this exciting course, you will draw from...
In this exciting course, you will draw from the live model exploring traditional and contemporary techniques in mastering both short and long drawings. Each class begins with a focus on fast gesture drawings, line-of-action, simplified shapes, and spontaneous mark making to capture the essence of the pose. As the poses lengthen, emphasis shifts toward solidifying structure and proportion with techniques in sighting & measuring, planar construction, and volume. In the final ‘long pose’ of each class, you will work on mid-tone paper focusing on the subtle nuances of light and shade, to create a 3-dimensional, dynamic, and realistic figure drawing. Using the drawing mediums of your choice, you will enjoy heightened confidence, ease, and flow in your figure drawing!
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floral painting
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • January 18 – 19
  • 10am–5pm
  • tuition: $275
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Steve Williams
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In this weekend workshop, you will learn...
In this weekend workshop, you will learn how to paint believable and impressionistic flowers, using exciting brushwork and vibrant colours. You will practice drawing flowers of different shapes and how to identify the colour, value and edges of flower petals and stems. Instructor Steve will also teach how to paint glass and ceramic vases, so you’ll be ready for any setup. You will paint flowers from life, in one long painting held over the weekend.  Steve will spend time with each student one-on-one, while demonstrating various techniques on his own painting. You will also analyze the works of famous floral painters to understand their approach in creating masterpieces. In the end, you’ll take home your own masterpiece to hang on your wall.
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mastering skin tones:
tiling & edges
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • January 25 – 26
  • 10am–5pm
  • tuition: $275
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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This workshop is foundational for all...
This workshop is foundational for all figurative painters, providing a tangible step-by-step system on how to create realistic skin tones, and apply them with ease to the portrait. Basic colour theory is utilized to pre-mix palettes for different skin types and lighting situations. Emphasis is placed upon ‘tiling’ colours next to each other (darks, half-tones, lights) in a mosaic-like manner, and then refining edges to depict lifelike 3-dimensional form. In working from well-lit reference materials, you will be able to isolate specific skin tones, and match the colour, value, saturation, and temperature with great ease. By the weekend’s end, you will have a finished portrait, and newfound confidence in adjusting colour while applying paint, all in one stroke!
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Creative Figure &
Portrait Painting: Expressive Realism
  • Sundays
  • February 2 – 23 (4 classes)
  • 2:30pm–5:30pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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In this exciting course, you will learn how to...
In this exciting course, you will learn how to create expressionistic figure paintings with powerful realism and exciting brushwork. Bringing together traditional and contemporary techniques, emphasis will be placed upon creative experimentation with colour, composition, glazing, texture, and mark making. Working from the live model, photographic sources as well as exercises designed to stimulate your imagination, you will complete a series of paintings ranging from realism to abstraction, opening the door to a whole new way of painting. Whether focusing on the full figure or portrait, the instructor works with you at your own pace, offering technical and creative guidance, live demonstrations and brief lectures.
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