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Oxygen Art Centre

Plan ahead! Oxygen’s Fall 2023 Semester is now open for registration. Continue learning a medium, explore a new one, dream, sing, and gather together, make your own screen printed artist book, and learn to paint!

Learn about the classes, instructors, and how to register via our website. Spaces limited. Contact Natasha Smith (Education Coordinator) with questions or registration support.
LEARN MOREFigure Drawing #3  (no instruction)IN PERSON4 Classes: Sept 17, 24 Oct 1, 8Sundays: 6:30 – 8:30pm
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.TOTAL FEE: $60REGISTERArt Speak – Peer to Peer Work Sharing Facilitated by Emilie Leblanc KrombergIN PERSON4 Classes: Sept 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12Thursdays: 5 – 6:45pm
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. TOTAL FEE: $40REGISTERDreaming into Poetry with Rose NielsenIN PERSON8 Classes: Sept. 19, 21, 26, 28, Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12Tues. & Thurs.: 10am – 12pm
This course offers a poetry-writing approach that looks through the lens of Jungian dreamwork as we search for images, symbols, and metaphors in our dreams, bringing unconscious material into consciousness. In the process, we will explore a variety of fixed form and free verse poetry to learn which forms might best serve the dream’s tone and theme. TOTAL FEE: $230Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 12REGISTERBalkan Choir with Bessie WappIN PERSON8 Classes: Sept. 21 – Nov. 9Thursdays: 7 – 9pm
Add your voice to the bold dissonance and clear sweetness of ancient multipart Eastern European a cappella songs of love and lust, harvest and hearth, wartime, badly arranged marriages, and drunken husbands. No prior experience required. In the last class we will enchant an audience with what we’ve learned. Material Fee: $10Course Fee: $230TOTAL FEE: $240Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 14REGISTERLino Printing – Making Greeting Cards and Exploring Colour with Myra RasmussenIN PERSON1 Class: Sept. 24Sunday: 1-4pm
In this class we will explore a few different ways to use colour in lino relief printmaking including rainbow rolls, coloured backgrounds, and reduction technique.  Each participant will then carve and print one or two lino blocks (depending on time).  We will work with 4” x 4.5” blocks, which are a perfect size to experiment with new techniques and to make handmade greeting cards. No previous lino printmaking experience required.Material Fee: $15 (all materials provided)Course Fee: $50TOTAL FEE: $65Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15REGISTERDrawing The Costumed Figure with Deborah ThompsonIN PERSON4 Classes: Oct. 4 – 25Wednesdays: 5:30 – 8:30pm
This four week imaginative and process-based course will focus on drawing skills through the study of the costumed figure. Staged poses with a costumed model will serve as the main prompt throughout the course. Review of primary drawing elements such as line, mark, value, and space will be covered as an introduction to the language of drawing. Specific exercises will explore compositional strategies, use of value or tonal range, and contrasting textures will be part of the curriculum. Studies will be used to develop a narrative drawing. Photographs taken of the model or from other sources will also be explored towards their use in developing a drawing. One-on-one and group critiques will be ongoing. Attention will be drawn to the use of the costumed figure throughout the history of art. Materials: graphite, coloured chalks, charcoal, conté, and a variety of papers.Note: This course is best suited to students with some previous drawing experience and an interest in exploring narrative qualities of the figure.  Material Fee: $20 + Material ListCourse Fee: $205TOTAL FEE: $225REGISTERJOINSupport your artist-run centre by becoming an Oxygen Art Centre Member.

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Consider making a Donation.REGISTERImages (top to bottom): (1) Promotional image for “Tracelines” exhibition by Vance Wright, 2023; (2-6) OAC 2023 Fall Semester promo image, 2023; (7) “Become a Member” text overlaid on an image documenting an installation in progress at Oxygen Art Centre, 2015;