2024 Arts Education: Semester 2

Oxygen Art Centre’s Continuing Arts Education Programming

May – June 2024
As a rural non-profit artist-run centre, Oxygen strives to support artists by keeping class fees as low as possible while maintaining professional wages to instructors. Are you able to donate to Oxygen’s Education program? The sliding scale option in the registration forms is for folks who can donate 10% – 20% in addition to the base registration rate. Donations from the sliding scale option will go to supporting facility and material costs, directly to your instructor, and helping out fellow students. Thank you for your support! 

For more information about classes or help with registration please contact E: education@oxygenartcentre.org

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Nature Still Life
Coordinated by Keiko Lee-Hem
1 Class: May 11
Saturday: 11am – 1pm

Course information

Course Description:
Join us as we slow down and savour the beauty of seasonal flora and foliage. This relaxed drawing class is open to all levels and will give you the chance to reconnect with the present moment, the beauty of the subject and your creative self.
Class format:
No instruction provided. We will begin with short warm-up sketches, followed by more sustained periods of study. Plants gathered from the facilitator’s garden and homestead.
Course Fee: $25
Registration Deadline: May 7

Material List


  • Range of drawing materials such as pencils, fine liner pens, willow charcoal, oil or chalk pastels, other drawing supplies you like
  • Sketchbook or sketch pad and necessary clips (some supports like drawing boards available)
  • masking tape
  • bulldog clips

Figure Drawing #2  (no instruction)
4 Classes: May 27, June 3, 10, 17
Mondays: 6:30 – 8:30pm

CLASS FULL – Register to be on the waitlist

Course Information

Course Description:
Drawing sessions will provide the opportunity to draw from a model with poses ranging from 1 minute to 20 minutes. No instruction is offered. Students are expected to provide the drawing materials of their choice.
Registration Deadline: May 17

Beginner Painting: An Introduction to Colour (Part 2) with Deborah Thompson
5 Classes: May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18
Tuesdays: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Course Information

Course Description:
Using acrylic paint, the class will explore colour use with emphasis on colour contrasts through saturation, temperature, and extensions. These explorations will be used in the creation of new paintings. Group projects and discussions will be part of the class. The class is perfect for those who have taken some colour theory, have some experience working with colour, or have taken Beginner Painting: An introduction to Colour (Part 1).
Material Fee: $25
Course Fee: $255
Registration Deadline: May 14

Dream Journaling with Rose Nielsen
5 Classes: May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19
Wednesdays: 6 – 8pm 


Course Information

Course Description:
This 10-hour course helps you discover the meaning of your dreams through a Jungian approach to dreamwork along with the basics of dream journaling. Learn to record images, symbols, and metaphors in your dreams, bringing unconscious material into consciousness. Dreamwork and dream journaling help deepen awareness in multiple areas such as creativity, emotional processing, and personal insight. 
Registration Deadline: May 13

Art Speak – Peer to Peer Work Sharing #2
Facilitated by Emilie Leblanc Kromberg
5 Classes: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20
Thursdays: 5 – 6:45pm

Course Information

Course Description:
Artists of all disciplines (professional or not) are invited to share their work in a safe space and engage in contemporary art dialogue with other open-minded art loving individuals. Themes will be proposed as a potential starting point for exchanges and artistic practices to grow collectively. The objective for this workshop is for artists to make, share, discuss, and learn together. 
Registration Deadline: May 16

Beginner Drawing with Catherine McIntosh
1 Class: May 26
Sunday: 10am – 3pm


Course Information

Course Description:
This one-day class is perfect for beginners wanting to try out a variety of drawing techniques and materials. Working with graphite, charcoal, and ink, the class will focus on drawing what we see, not what we know. 

Students should bring: 

  • Graphite pencils (ideally 2B, 4B & 6B)
  • One gum eraser and one kneadable eraser. 

All other materials provided.
Material Fee: $20 
Course Fee: $85
Registration Deadline: May 17

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Digital Photography – Getting Weird with Louis Bockner
2 Classes: June 1 & 2
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 2pm

Course Information

Course Description:
In this photography class, experimentation is the goal. Digital photography is an excellent medium for experimentation and creativity since it provides free, immediate feedback. Each day will involve in-class demonstrations and a photo walk to put our learning into action. Throughout the class we will experiment with:

– Long exposure techniques.
– Multiple exposure techniques.
– Blurring foreground to achieve creative, unique compositions.
– Any other ideas that come to us at the time. No oddity is off limits. 
Students should bring:
– Digital camera(s) and lenses (preferably not phones although some elements of the class will apply).
– Charged battery/extra batteries. 
– Camera manual, if they have one.
– A way of taking notes.
Registration Deadline: May 24

DIY 16mm Film Processing + Intro to Bolex Camera with Brian Lye
1 Class: June 9
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Course Information

Course Description:
In this hands-on workshop participants will be introduced to the Bolex film camera and how to process black and white 16mm film using Caffenol-C. Caffenol-C is a home made and non-toxic film developer made from instant coffee, washing soda, and vitamin C powder. In groups of three, participants will shoot a 100 foot roll of film and hand process it in a DIY darkroom. No experience necessary.
Material Fee: $35
Course Fee: $95
Registration Deadline: May 31

Painting from a Model #2 (No Instruction)
1 Class: June 16
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

Course Information

Course Description:
Participants will have the opportunity to work from a model holding a single pose for an extended session (3.5 hours).  No instruction is offered. Participants will be asked to bring their own materials in their preferred medium.
Registration Deadline: June 7

The Lab with Deborah Thompson
2 Classes: June 22 & 23
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 3:30pm

Course Information

Course Description:
The Lab is a vibrant studio setting in which to experiment and explore paint and drawing materials, to generate new work and ideas, to workshop previous work, and to engage with other participants in the making of art! 

The two-day class will focus on digging into generative processes through playful exercises and critiques that expand and challenge your art making habits and notions! The Lab will be process oriented with individual mentoring and group discussions. Some materials will be provided and participants will work from both a suggested materials list and materials of their choice.
Material Fee: $25
Course Fee: $175
Registration Deadline: June 14


Satire and Humour Writing with Sophie Kohn
6 Classes:  April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 
Thursdays: 3 – 5pm PST

Course Information

Course Description:
Do people tell you you’re funny? Do you have a dark, absurd sense of humour? Are you opinionated about how humans live in 2023? You’ll be a natural at satire and humour writing! Learn to write short satirical stories in the style of The Onion, McSweeney’s, The Beaverton, and The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs. We’ll explore what makes powerful, smart, memorable satire, and then you’ll write several stories that we will workshop as a group.
Registration Deadline: March 28

Magic of Memory 1 with Rayya Liebich
4 Classes: May 8, 15, 22, 29
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 pm PST

Course Information

Course Description:
We often recall memories in fragments. By accessing our scattered memories and borrowing the container of non-linear structures, we can record our life stories in authentic and innovative ways. 

Each week we will explore a different literary form (prose poetry, flash non-fiction, epistolary writing, and the hermit crab essay) to enter our material sideways and find new shapes to unpack our experiences. 

Each class will include a study of the craft, guided writing prompts, and readings by authors who push the boundaries of hybrid creative non-fiction forms. 

If you are working on a difficult memoir, or looking for new ways to tell your familiar stories, this series will give you a chance to play, experiment, and come back to the magic of memory and the importance of meaning-making.     
Registration Deadline: May 1

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