Winter Session 2018

January 7-February 11, 2018

Winter sessions are appropriate for  Adults and Older Children (ages 12+)



Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:45-12:15

Enrolment is by day or week

By day: 400rmb per class, 10% discount for 3 or more classes

By week: 1000rmb for all three days



Sundays 10-12:30

400rmb per class, 10% discount for 3 or more classes


Classes need a minimum enrollment of 3 students per class to run - please contact us for further details:  


Foundations 1, 2 and 3
Foundations 1 is the starting point for all new students.  Students will learn or revisit basic, classical drawing and painting techniques.  The course will cover building hand skills using various materials such as graphite, charcoal, chalk pastels and watercolor pencils.  From there we move to painting a Still Life in oils, then mixing and layering colors and finally Impressionistic painting techniques. Each session builds on the other, so that knowledge is built gradually, step by step.

Foundations 2 takes the skills learned in Foundations 1 further, enhancing and reinforcing those basic drawing and painting techniques.  A Drawing Intensive session looks at how to render different materials such as glass and reflective surfaces, Self Portraiture blends anatomical knowledge with new painting techniques and a Surrealism project encourages students towards new ways of imagining and creating their own work.

Foundations 3 follows on from F1 and F2 and goes further into the realm of composition, perspective, and also creating pieces that have more personal elements so that students begin to consider some of the conceptual and theoretical aspects of their work.  New painting techniques and materials will be introduced including watercolor, collage, printmaking and working in 3 dimensions.


Spring Semester, 10 classes to be used in 15 weeks: February 20- May 27

Wednesday and Thursday, 9:45-10:15 and Sunday 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00

Foundations 1, 2, and 3: 4,000rmb for 10 classes


choose one day/time per week to enroll


Acrylic Painting


In these lessons you will look at the unique qualities of acrylic paint and how to use them to their best advantage.  You will learn how to mix acrylics, their density and how they dry.  Building on this knowledge you will abstract a pattern from a still life painting and begin to see how the acrylic medium can create very different styles, colors and the different techniques you can use to create your own pattern.  As the workshop progresses you will look at differing styles such as Art Deco, paint on different materials such as canvas and board, and start incorporating new materials such as gold leaf into your final piece.


Autumn Semester, 10 classes to be used in 15 weeks: August 30 through December 17

closed for October holiday (September 29 - October 5)

4,000rmb for 10 classes

Wednesday, Thursday, 9:45-10:15  and  Sunday, 10:00-12:30


Spring Semester, 10 classes to be used in 15 weeks: February 22- May 27

Wednesday and Thursday, 9:45-10:15

and Sunday 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00

 4,000rmb for 10 classes


Art History, Contemporary Art Seminars, and Artist Talks
Our Art History Seminars and Lectures will offer students an entree into various time periods, artists, art theories and movements from both an historical perspective as well as a contemporary critical view.  
Seminars will consist of an overview in the form of a talk followed by closer analysis of selected images.  They will focus on one aspect of a subject helping to trace threads of meaning or various developments across various eras and movements. The second part of the seminars will be centered around discussions of the topics. Readings and further images are available for students to investigate the topics on their own.
Lectures are given in the form of a talk with slide show followed by a question and answer period. They will focus on one aspect of a subject helping to trace threads of meaning or various developments across various eras, movements, and artists.
Seminars and Lectures and Talks are Saturday mornings, 10:00-11:30 
200rmb for the 90-minute lectures
Figure Drawing


You will learn about gesture drawing where you capture the essence of the pose or movement using a range of materials, so that when you are out and about you are comfortable creating a quick but meaningful sketch.  You will also learn about proportion, how to draw hands, feet and faces before moving onto a full life drawing.  Each class takes a step by step approach where technical and gestural elements mesh together to bring ‘life’ to ‘life drawing’.  As the workshops progress you will also explore using various materials such as charcoal, chalk pastel, pen and ink and different techniques for rendering the figure.


Intermediate level of drawing required


1,500rmb for each 3 week session.  3 students minimum for class to run, 4 students maximum.

Spring Session:

3 Saturdays TBA