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The Art of Type

In partnership with OCAD U, DVSA offers a selection of online courses each term. Up to 8 credits from the OCAD U Online courses can be applied towards completion of DVSA’s Foundational Certificate Program. Registration must be done through DVSA. Students will receive their course log in information and network credentials by email directly from OCAD U one week before the course start date. For more information on OCAD U Online courses, visit this link.

This design course is an introduction to the potential and expressive qualities of contemporary typography. Topics include the anatomy of the letterform, distinctions between typefaces, and shaping the page with type. Students will be introduced to contemporary graphic designers and their impact on visual communication and the written language. Students should be prepared to create work in either Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator.  This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Art and Design Studio Skills. Prerequisite: CSDM 1N19 or CSDM 1N26 or equivalent experience. Tuesdays. 6 weeks.

 

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4C14 Made by Me: Drawing and Painting Ages 7+

Painting, drawing, clay, abstract sculpture – each artist will work with the instructor to design their own program, perfect for developing their interests and strengths while providing new challenges. While the students will learn about many artists and techniques, each student is encouraged to bring ideas and source materials to share. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $209 Limit: 16 students

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4A02-A Beginners' Drawing

For anyone looking to become an artist, basic drawing skills are considered essential. This introduction to drawing course will challenge your senses and develop your drawing and shading skills – all in a supportive and inspirational environment. Topics include perspective and composition as well as the fundamentals of learning how to see. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. *p please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee Section A: $299 includes model fees for 3 sessions with a life (nude) model. Limit: 15 students

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4A03 *NEW* Portrait Drawing: First Steps

Capturing the likeness of a human subject is immensely gratifying, but no easy task. This absolute beginner portrait class is for those who may be curious about portrait drawing, but uncertain how to begin. You’ll receive the encouragement, knowledge and basic skills needed to create convincing renderings while exploring media such as pencil and charcoal. The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations and considerable individual instruction, all designed to give you the confidence to enter the world of portrait artistry. At least one previous drawing class is advised. *Please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $219 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

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4A06-A The Art of Still Life: Drawing and Composition

Using weekly still-life compositions as our subject, this class addresses fundamental skills in the art of drawing and picture making. Lessons include the representation of form and space, perspective, tone, technique and much more. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided along with weekly demonstrations. All levels welcome. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A24 Open Studio Workshop

Take advantage of the DVSA studio facilities in order to work on your art. Open to all. No instructor. *Please note: there will be no open studio on May 21* Mondays and Fridays. Course Fee: $99 Limit: 30 students

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4A43 Landscape Painting in Oils

The secrets and best practices of landscape painting are revealed as you go from photograph to sketch to oil and complete a finished landscape piece. We’ll discuss mood, using shadow and light, explore composition, unpack the process of underlay painting, and review samples of classic landscape artwork. Lots of group and individual instruction provided throughout. For painters with oil experience.  *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A60 *NEW* Collage with Fabric and Paper

The use of fabric in your collage projects will create new three dimensional possibilities and fascinating textures. This course builds on established collage concepts, this time using a combination of fabric and paper materials to create our works. Whether you are new to collage or have previous experience, you’ll discover lots of new ways to use collage as both a medium on its own or with the addition of mixed media. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $185 includes a $15 material fee  Limit: 15 students

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4A65-A Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. *Please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A66 Clay Freestyle

For all levels, this is a fun free-form open studio format where you can work on a variety of clay processes under the guidance and mentorship of the instructor. Handbuilding and/or working on the wheel – it’s all fair game. An underlying focus will be on exploring a variety of surface treatments, including slip trailing, masking and plaster mould surface constructions while considering colour and texture through stains, underglaze and pigments. Throughout the course, you’ll be guided in the development of a personal sense of style and by the later weeks, be encouraged to hone your skills for a final supportive critique. *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A73 *NEW* Portrait Modelling in Clay

Discover the satisfaction of creating in three dimensions as you construct and shape a portrait in clay using a live model for reference. No previous sculpture experience is required, but students should have some basic drawing experience. All facets of the modelling process and portrait sculpture technique will be demonstrated and discussed. There’s plenty of group and individual instruction included. Mondays. Course Fee: $259 includes one bag of clay, some materials and model fee. Limit: 15 students

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4A81 Digital Basics 2: Build Your Unique Visual Language and Style

Apply the skills learned in Digital Basics 1 towards developing your own photographic visual language and style. Practical exercises will help to broaden your vision and explore the possibilities of the photographic frame. You will also improve your photo editing using a step-by-step introduction to Photoshop.  *Please note: there will be no class on May 21* Prerequisite: Digital Basics 1 or instructor approval. Mondays. Course Fee: $295 includes a $16.50 media lab fee. Limit: 12 students

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4A92-A *NEW* Art History - The XX Files

A good number of legendary women appear again and again in painting and sculpture through the centuries. We will search the art historical files for some of the most significant women of biblical and classical mythology and explore how and why their portrayal and meaning can change over time. Lectures are illustrated with slides and offer an entertaining, yet intelligent approach to art history. *Please note: there will be no classes on May 21* Mondays. Course Fee: $169 Limit: 30 students

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4C13 Picasso & Einstein: All New Art & Science Projects Ages 7+

Picasso and Einstein return for spring! We’ll become inventors, artists and scientists in this action-packed class that explores the universe through engaging art experiments. Projects include air cannons, sound makers, 3-D solar systems, straw rockets, kinetic cars, volcanoes and other cool adventures using everyday materials and outlandish items you never thought would make art.  Tuesdays. Course Fee: $209 Limit: 16 students

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4C16 Cartooning and Manga Ages 11+

Explore the different styles of American and Japanese comics in this class for the aspiring comic artist. We’ll look at the basics of character design, composition, proportion and perspective and work on designing our own comic books. It’s an active and fun studio where you’ll feel free to explore your most fantastic ideas. No experience necessary. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $215 Limit: 16 students

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4A01-A Drawing for the Petrified

This is the perfect course for those who have always had aspirations to draw, but may be holding back. Learning to draw is essential for all aspiring artists and in this absolute beginner’s class, you’ll take those first tentative steps with the encouraging hand-hold you’ve been looking for. Even if the idea of putting a dot on a piece of paper makes you feel a bit tremulous, over four weeks we’ll explore how to bring eye, hand and pencil to paper and expand basic lines into shaded forms, moving textures and more. After building confidence and new skills, you may just be ready for a full Beginners’ class. All materials are supplied – just show up and let it happen. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students

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4A04-A Portrait Drawing and Painting

Capture the complexity and grace of the human subject as you work in any drawing or painting medium. The same model will sit for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Students interested in working on longer sustained or larger pieces might consider registering for both classes. Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

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4A04-B Portrait Drawing and Painting

Capture the complexity and grace of the human subject as you work in any drawing or painting medium. The same model will sit for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Students interested in working on longer sustained or larger pieces might consider registering for both classes. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $359 includes model fees. Limit: 15 students

If working in Watercolour, Click Here for Material List

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4A29 Still Life in Watercolour

Immerse yourself in this stimulating medium that’s provided the means to create some of the world’s greatest works of art. Starting from a different still life every week or two, you’ll receive group and individual instruction on composition, colour and technique. Students can work in traditional watercolour methods or explore other approaches. All levels. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A38 Acrylic Painting: Say It with Flowers

Explore the meaning and emotions that are inherent in flowers. We’ll examine light, colour and composition using close-ups of flowers as themes to expand your creative journey. A wide variety of approaches will be considered and individual instruction and assistance will be emphasized throughout. Students are encouraged to bring source materials such as photos or sketchbooks. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A41-A Beginners' Oil Painting

This course provides a basic introduction to the oil medium and includes guidance on choosing the proper materials and tools plus instruction on paint application, composition, colour mixing and much more. Previous drawing experience is recommended. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A45 Beginners' Abstract Painting

This beginner approach to abstract painting will have you experimenting with innovative ways of creating art as you plunge into expressive colour mixing, brushwork and composition. Invent new techniques for applying paint and devise radical artistic processes – all while creating your own abstract pieces. Plenty of class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Oil or acrylic. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A49 More Exploring Landscape with the Group of 7

Building on the previous classes (not required prerequisites), we’ll examine, in greater depth, the techniques used by the Group of Seven and apply these approaches to our own landscape compositions. Weekly small-scale painting exercises will compare how these artists approached similar subjects, but in different ways. Newcomers will review the basics, while returning students will move forward with all new challenges. Students should bring images or sketches for inspiration. Watercolour, acrylics and/or oils all suitable. All levels. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A51 *NEW* Every Painting Tells a Story

Behind every piece of art there’s a story or a part thereof. Perhaps you have drawings in your sketchbooks or ideas in your head waiting to be brought to life in an original painting. In this class, we’ll start with those ideas, photos and sketches and work with composition, technique and colour to complete the journey to a finished painting. All mediums. Some painting experience recommended. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A65-B Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A65-C Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A79 Digital Basics 1: Learn to Control Your Digital Camera

In this beginner-level course, you’ll develop a solid photography foundation by using your camera hands-on in class and from feedback on your photos. Fully understand shutter-speeds, apertures, ISO, histograms, focusing and the various exposure modes for better quality images. Using best-practice, safely transfer and backup your photos. Bring any camera, but hold off on new purchases until you learn enough to know what you need. Tuesdays. Course Fee: $295 includes a $16.50 media lab fee. Limit: 12 students

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4A87-A Silkscreen Studio

Discover the versatility and unique characteristics of silkscreening using the latest non-toxic techniques. This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced screen printers. Beginners will learn a step-by-step method designed to inspire the creation of silkscreened projects. Returning students will explore more challenging ideas aimed at cultivating an advanced set of silkscreening skills.  Tuesdays. Course Fee: $249 includes a $25 material fee Limit: 12 students

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4C01-A First Art Ages 2-4

Stimulate your child’s senses and excite their imagination! This first-time art experience for young children includes drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and clay as they explore line, shape, colour, pattern and texture. A special storytime is included each week. One caregiver is welcome per child, but required for children ages 2-3. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $109 Limit: 12 students

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4C08 *NEW* Art Magic with Watercolour and Ink Ages 6+

The colours and designs from this studio will dazzle as we create original works in watercolour and ink. We’ll study contemporary artists for inspiration and explore colour, contrast, line, pattern and more. Basic watercolour techniques covered include wet over wet, wet over dry, pastel resist and masking, with all masterpieces created on watercolour & Yupo paper. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $215 Limit: 16 students

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4C17 Introduction to Photoshop for Teens Ages 11+

No need for Instagram and Snapchat filters when you know how to manipulate your photos and create wild and wonderful digital art with Adobe Photoshop. Filters, layers, effects and more – you’ll learn how to use all the tools needed to make vibrant paintings, photo collages and surreal landscapes. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $199 Limit: 16 students

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4C19 Teen Pottery Ages 11+

Express your teen spirit through the art of pottery. You’ll explore throwing clay on the wheel, hand-building, and hot and cold surface treatments as you create your own ceramic pieces. This is a great class for connecting with new friends while developing your independent approaches and ideas. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $255 Limit: 16 students

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4A01-B Drawing for the Petrified

This is the perfect course for those who have always had aspirations to draw, but may be holding back. Learning to draw is essential for all aspiring artists and in this absolute beginner’s class, you’ll take those first tentative steps with the encouraging hand-hold you’ve been looking for. Even if the idea of putting a dot on a piece of paper makes you feel a bit tremulous, over four weeks we’ll explore how to bring eye, hand and pencil to paper and expand basic lines into shaded forms, moving textures and more. After building confidence and new skills, you may just be ready for a full Beginners’ class. All materials are supplied – just show up and let it happen. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $159 Limit: 15 students

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4A14 *NEW* Digital Illustration

Learn how to create eye catching works of art using your digital tablet to imitate any physical medium. Using free and easily accessible software, we’ll explore working in digital watercolour, digital oil paint and digital pen and ink. We’ll also examine how to transform existing photos and artworks to resemble art styles such as digital pop art and more. You’ll be amazed at the professional quality work you can create on your tablet screen. Students will need to bring their own iPad or Android tablet. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $285 includes model fee for one session. Limit: 15 students

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4A26-A Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A26-B Beginners' Watercolour

Never tried watercolour or have limited watercolour skills? Learn to master this challenging, yet gratifying medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to build your confidence and talents. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A41-B Beginners' Oil Painting

This course provides a basic introduction to the oil medium and includes guidance on choosing the proper materials and tools plus instruction on paint application, composition, colour mixing and much more. Previous drawing experience is recommended. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A50 Paint Big

Let go of your creative inhibitions and have fun painting something big and bold. Bring large canvases, large brushes, sponges, spray bottles, rollers and scrapers to create your own unique masterpieces. All levels are welcome and a sense of adventure is encouraged. Secure onsite storage is available for leaving pieces between classes. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A65-D Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A65-E Introduction to Pottery

Learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay, including pinch, coil, slab, and the potter's wheel. Also covered are the basics of glazing and surface decoration. You’ll hone your skills while transforming your ideas into inspired, finished pottery. Suitable for all levels, adults and students 16+. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Wednesdays. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A67 Good Morning Potters

A morning class for all levels. Wake up your creative side as you learn the hand-forming techniques of working with clay such as pinching, coiling and soft slab construction to create your own ceramic pieces. The pottery wheels will also be open, ready for basics practice or more advanced throwing techniques as you shape your creations. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $329 includes a $50 firing & glazing fee. Clay extra. Limit: 15 students

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4A77 Traditional Photography: All Levels

Nothing beats the magic of seeing your photographic images appear in the darkroom. Dig out that 35mm camera and (re)discover the art of old-school film photography — no computers involved. This is an opportunity for both novice and experienced film-based photographers to learn, practice and improve their black-and-white camera and darkroom skills. The flexible workshop format accommodates structured and/or independent learning. Wednesdays. Course Fee: $315 includes a $35 lab fee. Limit: 9 students, adults and mature teens only.

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

In partnership with OCAD U, DVSA offers a selection of online courses each term. Up to 8 credits from the OCAD U Online courses can be applied towards completion of DVSA’s Foundational Certificate Program. Registration must be done through DVSA. Students will receive their course log in information and network credentials by email directly from OCAD U one week before the course start date. For more information on OCAD U Online courses, visit this link.

This shorter course is designed specifically to introduce students to the key concepts and basic tools used in Adobe Photoshop. Topics include image resolution, using layers, modifying and transforming selections, image editing and adjustments using layers and filters, and output parameters and protocol for web, devices and print. This is a qualifying course towards the Certificate in Digital Media Skills and the Certificate in Photography Skills. Wednesdays. 4 weeks.

 

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4C10 Just Draw Ages 7+

For the young artist with a love for the line. Students will not only explore the basics of drawing, but learn one and two-point perspective, 3-dimensional drawing and other important visual art foundations. Tools include charcoal, pen and ink, conté and much more. Thursdays. Course Fee: $209 Limit: 16 students

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4C21 *NEW* Drawing Studio Ages 11+

Whether you love to draw or want to learn to draw, this studio is for you. Chill after school and discover the possibilities of different drawing materials in this introductory class. You’ll learn how to “see” like an artist, crush perspective and composition and use blending, rendering, masking and layering techniques to create your own original pieces. Projects include exploring styles and applications of chalk and oil pastels, watercolour pencils, pencil crayon, sketching markers, charcoal and conté. It’s a drawing paradise! Thursdays. Course Fee: $215 Limit: 16 students

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4A02-B Beginners' Drawing

For anyone looking to become an artist, basic drawing skills are considered essential. This introduction to drawing course will challenge your senses and develop your drawing and shading skills – all in a supportive and inspirational environment. Topics include perspective and composition as well as the fundamentals of learning how to see. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout. Thursdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A10 Drawing the Portrait, Costumed and Nude Figure

This course is an extension of the popular Licensed to Draw – but without the libations. We will use a variety of methods, contour, gesture and long sustained poses. This course is designed for everyone from beginner to the advanced artist who would like to put the fun back into drawing from the model. Thursdays. Course Fee: $359 includes model fee. Limit: 15 students

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4A32 Intermediate and Advanced Watercolour

For the watercolour artist with some experience, this class is designed to build on your developing watercolour skills and increase your confidence in this medium. Explore basic value and composition related to landscape and architecture painting. Exercises will include transparency, layering, value, perspective, spontaneity and colour use. Plenty of group and individual instruction provided. Thursdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A35-A Beginners' Acrylic Painting

Designed for those who have never tried acrylics or have limited painting skills, you’ll learn to master this plastic and flexible medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to develop your confidence and talents. Previous drawing experience recommended. Thursdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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4A35-B Beginners' Acrylic Painting

Designed for those who have never tried acrylics or have limited painting skills, you’ll learn to master this plastic and flexible medium, starting with basic techniques and moving through a series of exercises and projects designed to develop your confidence and talents. Previous drawing experience recommended. Thursdays. Course Fee: $279 Limit: 15 students

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