art classes

Classes are currently on hold indefinitely, as Emily is expecting a baby in June, 2013.

Please note, Emily is no longer teaching in Ontario as she has moved to Calgary, Alberta.

Email Emily if you'd like to be contacted when a schedule for the next set of classes is ready.

Date Duration Subject Price

Beginner Oil Painting

Dates: Tuesdays, January 10th - February 28th (eight evenings)


Please contact Emily if you would like to be added to the waiting list!


7:00 - 10:00 pm

one evening each week
Beginner Oil Painting

Course fee: $200

Materials kit: $55
(if you would prefer to purchase your own materials, please scroll down for the list)

Payment deadline: December 27th

Solvent, palettes, easels, and rags are provided.

*I will not be holding make-up sessions. Refunds are not available for individual classes missed, although I will try to accommodate in a future class, if possible.

Email Emily with questions or to register.


 Private lessons for adults in painting or drawing are also available at a rate of $50 per hour.

about the classes

Emily is offering oil painting classes at her studio in Calgary, Alberta*.

Adult classes for beginner painters are perfect for those with a little experience, or no experience at all in painting. Classes are small, generally between 4 and 6 students, and run one evening each week. In the eight-week version, two evenings of drawing lead into six oil painting sessions. You will complete several drawings and five oil paintings, and acquire the basic skills of painting.

The classes cover in six to eight lessons the basic theories of creating paintings, with subjects including colour theory, composition, perspective, paint application, and light and shadow, primarily using still life subjects. Classes are taught with in-class demonstrations and short preliminary lessons. The majority of each class is spent painting. The atmosphere tends to be laid-back and fun with a coffee break in the middle, though it is sometimes hard to tear people away from what they're doing to take a break!

Materials kits are also available with all the brushes, canvasses, paints, and tools you'll need, with an information booklet and project sheets for lessons. If you happen to have brushes and/or paints already and would prefer to purchase your own canvasses or other materials, please see the list below for what you'll need.

Returning students are more than welcome to come and work on individual projects. If you have taken my class before and want some studio time with help as needed, this is for you.

Emily is now registering students for the next session. Pre-registration is required. Please don't hesitate to email Emily if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the next class.

*Missed out on Emily's Ontario classes? Alan Daniel also offers classes out of Globe Studios in Kitchener (choose your own medium). Email Alan for more info. For info on art classes in the Stouffville area, please contact your local public art gallery or art supply store.

materials kit
These materials are required for the beginner class.
The materials kit includes: Notes for those supplying their own materials:
Canvas boards: 4 small (approximately 8x10"), and 1 large (approximately 16x20") Canvas boards or stretched canvas will do, between 6x8" and 9x12" for the small ones, and no larger than 16x20" for the large project *
Brushes: a #1 round synthetic, one each #4 and #8 flat bristle These are guidelines only; basically, one fine detail brush, one small to medium bristle and one larger bristle
Tools: 1 palette knife and 1 cotton rag For the palette knife - plastic is fine, metal is better. A long, diamond-shaped metal knife with a bent handle is ideal.

For the rag - a bit of old cotton sheeting or tshirt is fine. Textured material or material that sheds fibre is not appropriate.
Paints: 1 tube each of Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Yellow Light/Pale, Prussian Blue, Ivory Black and Titanium White Student grade paints are appropriate (Winsor and Newton "Winton", Grumbacher "Academy", Georgian, etc.)

Note: the primary colours can be substituted (eg French Ultramarine for Prussian Blue or Alizarin Crimson for Cadmium Red hue; basically, you need a pure, clear yellow, blue and red).

If you have other colours in addition to these five, bring them along!
Paper, pencils and erasers, conte, charcoal, pastels, acrylic wash and brushes for it, paint thinner and container, glass palette, drawing boards and easels are all provided for class use. I also provide an information booklet for each class.

* six week course does not include the larger canvas; however, you will need one additional small canvas board.

* returning students are expected to bring paints, brushes, tools and canvasses for individual projects of their choosing.


Check out the Student FAQ for answers to students' frequently asked questions.


All artwork on this site Emily Bickell. Please do not distribute or reproduce images without permission.