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Canvas Method Adult Art Classes in Vancouver, BC
fall term courses
Mastering Skin Tones:
Tiling & Edges
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • September 14 & 15
  • 10am–5pm
  • tuition: $275
  • skill level: basic painting
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • 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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Anatomy:
Drawing the Figure
  • Tuesdays
  • September 17 – October 22 (6 classes)
  • 6:30–9:30pm
  • tuition: $335
  • skill level: all levels
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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In this course, you will examine the skeletal...
In this course, you will examine the skeletal and muscular structures of the human body to create powerful, dynamic and realistic drawings. Each class begins with a brief anatomy lecture on a specific body region, followed by drawing from the live model. Using basic drawing media in both gestural and long drawings, you will explore the expressive use of line, value, weight and volume, as well as techniques in shading, measurement, and gesture. Emphasis will be placed upon identifying key landmarks, and simplifying anatomy into geometrical shapes and planes.
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Painting the Portrait
  • Wednesdays
  • September 18 – October 23 (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 powerful...
In this course, you will learn how to create powerful, dynamic and lifelike portrait 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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Landscape Painting:
En Plein Air & Studio
  • Saturdays
  • September 21 – October 12 (4 Classes)
  • 2–5pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: basic painting
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • instructor: Steve Williams
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In this class, you will create landscape paintings...
In this class, you will create landscape paintings with beautiful and convincing space. Practice painting outdoors (en plein air), as well as painting indoors at the school from photos. Our aim is to demystify the landscape painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. You are welcome to use photos we provide, or bring your own. Learn to draw linear and atmospheric perspective, as well as mixing colours to create a harmonious effect of light. Also learn how to capture the essence of your subject matter, how to create a compelling composition, and how to choose an effective focal point. You’ll leave the class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level.
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Painting the Figure
  • Sundays
  • September 22 – October 13 (4 Classes)
  • 2-5pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: basic painting
  • 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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Floral Painting
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • October 19 & 20
  • 10am–5pm
  • tuition: $275
  • skill level: basic painting
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • instructor: Steve Williams
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In this weekend workshop, you will learn how...
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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Still Life Painting
  • Saturdays
  • October 26 – November 16 (4 Classes)
  • 2–5pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: basic painting
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • instructor: Steve Williams
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Loosen up your style and paint realistic...
Loosen up your style and paint realistic, expressive, and exciting still life paintings. You will develop a deep understanding of traditional techniques, as well as explore contemporary approaches in paint application. Students may choose to paint many small studies or work on larger arrangements for longer periods of time. Topics including drawing, value organization, color, edges, design and paint application will be addressed. You’ll leave the class with a new set of skills to set up and create your own still life masterpieces.
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Creative Portrait Painting: Glazing, Texture & Brushwork
  • Sundays
  • October 27 – November 17 (4 classes)
  • 2–5pm
  • tuition: $225
  • skill level: basic drawing & painting
  • medium: oils & acrylics
  • instructor: Justin Ogilvie
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In this exciting course, you will learn how...
In this exciting course, you will learn how to create expressionistic portrait 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.
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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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Anatomy:
Facial Features & Proportion
  • 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)
  • 2–5pm
  • 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)
  • 2–5pm
  • 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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