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Studio PAVAS offers children, teens and adults a well-rounded visual arts education. Courses are available in a variety of media including oil, water colour, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media. In addition, Studio PAVAS offers specialized courses in junior and senior portfolio preparation for students applying to specialized high schools and universities. Classes are taught by well-qualified instructors with an enthusiasm for both their art and their students.

Wildlife & Pet Portraits


Learn how to draw & paint your favourite animal in their natural habitat or even your furry friend at home! In this class you will gain an understanding of the basic structure and forms of animals. You will develop new techniques with both pencil, charcoal and acrylic paint. You will learn about shading, colour theory, blending colours and how to create a powerful composition!

Realistic & Expressive Portraiture


In this class, we will explore both realistic & expressive portraiture in acrylic paint and mixed media! We will break down the structure and form of the human face in basic shapes so it is easy to understand. We will look at each of the facial features and explore how to use light and shadow to create form. We will look at basic colour theory and blending. These tools will give you the confidence to capture the likeness in a self portrait and of those you love!

Collage Creations


If you have a crafty hand and always find yourself collecting materials in a little box, this mixed media program is for you! In this class, we will learn about composition, colour theory and mixing textures. Learn how to design a beautiful image by assembling all of your favourite magazine cut outs, photographs, buttons, strings and more!

Landscape Painting


Become inspired by nature's beauty as we take a close look at various scenery from lush forests to sandy beaches! You will gain an understanding of form, textures, patterns and composition. As we explore with acrylic paint, we will try out different brush techniques & colour theory exercises to create space and depth within your painting. Capture one of your favourite landscapes on the planet!

Drawing, Watercolour & Oils

** With Joe Sampson **

This course begins with an introduction to drawing, starting with the drawing method of constructing objects using basic shapes. Students' drawings become more developed by the use of light and shadow. Students are encouraged to draw from their imagination or from reference material provided in class to sharpen they're observational skills. While learning drawing skills, they will explore watercolour basics which will give them a knowledge of colour mixing and a variety of application techniques. The challenges of water colour as a medium sharpen students skills which can be applied to the next type of painting, oil painting. This is when many students begin to flourish combining many of the previously learned techniques into their new oil paintings. Students will learn about many different types of applications from dry brush techniques to wet on wet. They will attempt to paint a wide range of subjects of their choice, some favourite subjects are science fiction, fantasy, landscape and portraiture, to name a few.

Portfolio Development (Junior)

Junior portfolio preparation introduces students to viewing their artworks as a collection which represents their skills, ideas, and abilities. We will work together to understand and ensure a well rounded portfolio which exhibits both technique and imagination.

Portfolio Development (Senior)

This course is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in art and design at a post secondary institution. Together, we will look at your existing portfolio and direct it towards your future in the arts. Conversation around student's practice will reference major art movements as they relate to the student's work. Portfolio preparation will include discussion and presentation of the student's art works as they relate to contemporary art practice. Students are encouraged to come to class with a creative an open mind in order to expand their imagination and therefore their artistic ability.

Adult Classes - Intro to 2D and 3D Media

Whether you are an experienced painter or you have never picked up a paintbrush, this studio art course is for you. In a relaxing and casual atmosphere, and in a combination of art and art history, we will create artworks inspired by some of the 20th Century's greatest movements in Western Art. Students will use both traditional and non-traditional methods and materials as a means of understanding contemporary art practice. This course will give you new ideas to consider the next time you go to an art gallery, as well as a means for self expression!

Oils and Drawing

Students are given the opportunity to develop their drawing and paint mixing techniques by using pencil, charcoal and watercolours. Once these techniques have been mastered students are then ready to progress on to oil painting. By the end of the year, students will have developed skills in observational drawing (charcoal), drawing (pencil), watercolour and ink painting, as well as oil painting.

Expressive Drawing and Painting

While using similar skills that the oil painting program employs, this class will focus more on painting with acrylics rather than oils. Students will not only use pencil, charcoal, watercolours and ink but also a wider range of drawing materials such as crayons, pencil crayons, chalk/oil pastels, conte, ball point and free ink pens. Paintings and drawings will be brought to life through these mediums harnessing a variety of techniques from pointillism to landscapes, stippling to silhouettes, and cross hatching to sgraffito.

Mixed Media Level 1 & 2

Projects are designed to introduce students to a wide variety of materials and methods. Students will learn the basics of handling professional materials while drawing, painting, and sculpting. We will move between 2 and 3 dimensional work in order to consider, and re-consider, the use and limits of various materials. Students will be introduced to an artist's vocabulary while they work and play in a setting that is both encouraging and exploratory.

In level 1 drawing, we focus on shapes and line control in order to create illusions of depth and space. Foreground, middle ground, and background are introduced as a means of manipulating a 2 dimensional surface. Painting basics will introduce a variety of methods in moving paint using both traditional and non-traditional tools on a variety of surfaces. Colour mixing will be emphasized in materials including watercolours, chalk and acrylic. We will consider sculptures' intrinsic physical properties necessary in the construction of a 3 dimensional object.

Above all else, we learn of Art's incredible ability to tell a story - our story. Students will be encouraged to see Art as a means of conveying a point of view specific to them, while learning techniques and strategies they can employ to this end.

Mixed Media Level 3 & 4

In the next level, projects are designed to further develop students' technical skills while expanding their perceptions of art making. Students discover new ways of combining media using both traditional and non-traditional methods and materials. Drawing lessons increase to include perspective and foreshortening. Painting utilizes colour theory and brushstroke as a means of communication. Sculpture increases its scope to consider ratio and proportion.

As artists, we begin to consider the relationship between material and meaning. What does choice of media, colour, and composition reveal about an artwork and the artist? How does experience shape our perception of our artwork and others? Students are encouraged to work from experience and observation while including their imagination.

Sculpture Fundamentals

This class considers sculpture and the physical properties necessary in the construction of 2D and 3D forms. Students will be introduced to a variety of media such as, air drying clay, wire, cardboard, paper, plaster cast and plaster of Paris. By the end of the year, students will learn to: create an armature (the base of any sculpture), develop a sense of ratio and proportion by building upon that armature to establish a 2/3D form and create a balanced sculpture based on an original design/concept.

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