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Mainstreet Classes

The Mainstreet Art Centre offers a wide variety of fine art classes for all ages.  Beginners start with drawing in charcoal and then advance to painting in oils, pastels or watercolor.  Advanced students are constantly challenged with new techniques and subjects.  Workshops conducted by some of the leading artists in the country are offered regularly.  The craft of painting is taught by demonstration and individual instruction.  At the Mainstreet Art Centre there is something for every artist.

Select from the following to see schedules for ongoing classes and workshops:





Special Mini Series Classes / Workshops:

Photo Retouching on Your iPad
Susan Ploughe

Thursday & Friday
February 1 & 2, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm     $100.00

Better photo references can lead to better paintings! There are a number of apps available that allow you to edit and enhance your photos. Much of what Photoshop Elements is used for can now be done on the iPad. Learn to adjust lights and darks, change colors, apply filters, selectively blur areas, combine photos, move objects, work with layers and more. (This is different information from what is covered the ďArt and Your iPad" workshop).

 Painting Hands
Susan Ploughe

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

9:00 pm - 4:00 pm      $100.00

Hands are a beautiful, agile, expressive part of the body, but in too many paintings they wind up looking like big hams with sausages attached! If you struggle with painting hands (or avoid them completely), do yourself a favor and dedicate a day to acquiring essential skills and knowledge that will improve your handling of this important subject matter.

Pastels: Bold and Beautiful
Jan Berglund

6 Week Session

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 & 22 and

March 1 & 8, 2018

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm     $145.00

Whether you are new to pastels or have been using them for years this class will help you in getting the most out of the medium and learning new techniques. We will cover everything from the paper and grounds you can work on, the different pastels themselves and above all their applications. How to layer blend and keep your colors strong. The use of temperature changes as well as value. Also combining pastel with other mediums will be covered. With so much to learn we better get started. You ready? Let's do it!

Portrait Painting
Linda Vice

4 Week Session

Fridays, April 6 thru April 27, 2018

9:30 am - 3:00 pm     $185.00 (plus model fee)

It starts with drawing. Good demos, lectures and practice will give you a better understanding of how to draw the head and then progress into painting.

You will learn to build the structure of the head, block in with masses, mix flesh tones and develop the features in the face. Various exercises and studies will take place.


 Mixed Media Basics
Karen Sako

Saturday & Sunday

April 21 & 22, 2018

9:00 pm - 4:00 pm


This two day workshop is great for someone new to working with mixed media. It will introduce students to the process of combining many different art styles by layering multiple mediums to create a unique work of art. This process will incorporate basic design skills, drawing and painting with a variety of mediums to create still-lifes, landscapes and animals. Students will work with collage, altered papers, acrylics, ink, charcoal and pastels. Several projects will be completed exposing students to a variety of possibilities that each individual can then adapt to their own personal style. Supplies: sketchbook, glue stick, pencil, black and white images and baby wipes


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