Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School offers a variety of painting classes and workshops for students of all levels and walks of life.

Painting classes Ecole d'art Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School

Plein Air Painting 

Weather permitting, this class will be held outdoors on the Canal at the St. Gabriel lock-the Des Seigneurs bridge. We will focus on the essentials in terms of materials, method, and thinking-meaning working on a portable scale paintings. Bring fourteen 11×14 canvas boards (2 paintings per day), a palette, 2 palette knives, brushes-medium and small, paint box to each class, and a french easel if you own one. If not, there are ways to prop up your painting on a stone wall or on your paint box. We will respond to the scene around us in the most essential way a painter does: explore the areas of mixed colours working together to produce harmonies specific to each day we experience together.

Here is the breakdown of what we will exercise:

Day 1) How to simplify values for a strong composition
Day 2) Colour structure and choice of specific palette
Day 3) Paint application, transparency/opacity
Day 4) Water and how to paint it
Day 5) Warm and cool alternation; Edges

July 8 – 12, 8:30 – 11:30 am

Cost: $200 + tx

Instructor: Eberhard Froehlich

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Painting Techniques
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For beginners through advanced students of painting.
This practice-based class helps you understand the logic of colour interactions – what
works and what doesn’t work in paintings. Each week has a clear theme which is
demonstrated and explained in the first half hour of class; afterwards each student is
encouraged to explore the theme on their own. Students benefit from seeing each other’s
paintings and talking about the process; class critiques are twice per session, in order to
share possibilities for how to develop each painting further. Emphasis is on sound painting
technique and skills that will last a lifetime. We work from observation and from

Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

You can register for this ongoing 8-week class whenever you wish.

8 weeks – $230 + tx

Instructor: Eberhard Froehlich

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Studio Painting
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This is an open class to work at your own pace with instruction and guidance on a project inspired by personal preference.  If you are working on something, bring it along, or start afresh at these sessions. Not particular to any style. Oil and acrylics. All welcome.

Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

You can register for this ongoing 8 week class whenever you wish.

8 weeks – $230 + tx

Instructor: Barry MacPherson

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Abstract Painting
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An eight-week painting course on theory and method using oils, acrylics and other mediums. Beginner, Intermediate and advanced students  will engage in exploring composition, techniques and problem solving with an emphasis on pushing the boundaries of perception and the evolution of ideas through non-representational painting. For beginners, this class will introduce students to basic concepts of abstract painting and  to develop and build a repertoire of techniques and a visual style for artistic expression through abstraction.

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

You can register for this ongoing 8 week class whenever you wish.

8 weeks – $230 + tx
Instructor: Barry MacPherson

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Introduction to Painting

This is a class to introduce and explore various traditional and expressive techniques for oils or acrylics. Traditional methods will be introduced to enhance the development of each individual’s visual language. Principles of composition, form, balance, and colour theory will be taught as a way to promote a personal artistic expression through technique.

Wednesdays,   6:30 – 9:30 – starting this summer – dates to be announces soon

8 weeks – $230 + tx

Instructor: Meaghan Bisset

Watercolour & Mixed-Media

Explore watercolour and collage techniques that stretch the imagination and encourage self-discovery. Learn the basic layering process using a variety of rice paper, natural, tinted and stained and adhering them to watercolour surfaces to provide a textured ground for painting. Create exciting surfaces, cut and tear shapes, use them as collage textures. Combine rice papers, watercolour, acrylic paint, inks, gouache and pastels to enhance your artwork. Everyone is welcome.

Date: TBA

8 weeks – $230 + tx (materials can be purchased from the teacher for $40)

Instructor: Louise Drouin

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Techniques of the Old Masters

Some experience in oil painting and/or drawing desirable

Most old masters used a surprisingly simple technique; what we admire in museums is the apparent ease with which they were able to convert their observations into painting. In this class, we will practice observing and painting. Each week we will engage with a modest still life and learn how to observe effectively. Our goal is to keep the observation logical, and the technique simple. Paradoxically, this will help us understand the techniques of the old masters.

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8 weeks – $230 + tx
Instructor: Eberhard Froehlich

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Private Painting lessons

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