• Not only did I learn new brush strokes and techniques that will forever inspire me, but I was also impressed with Cheryl’s philosophy of living artfully and painting from the soul.
    Liz V.

  • Thank you for your generous teaching style ... you know so much! And you are very generous about sharing what you have learned.
    Anne C.

  • Thanks for all you do to open the world of painting to others. It is an exhilarating endeavour which brings much joy ... you are touching many lives in a positive way with what you do.
    Joan W.

  • If you want to pull out your creativity and don't know where to start ... I highly recommend Cheryl, for any art class, all types of medium. Knowledgeable, reliable, and patient.
    Hala J.

  • Cheryl's art courses are always informative, relaxed and well worth what she charges!
    Jacqueline K.

  • I find you to be honest in your feedback while being kind. You have caused me to grow and take chances. Without your inspiration I would not be experiencing the LOVE of painting that I have.
    Sandi M.

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A Note from Cheryl O about upcoming classes

If you have not yet done so, you have the option of entering your email address in order to receive my art emails. These go out once or twice per week with a photo of my latest painting and a fun or inspiring quote, and also news about upcoming classes. Here's the webpage where you can sign up: Connect

Group of Seven and Beyond - ages 17 to Seniors welcome

Our Canadian Group of Seven have been an inspiration to many modern landscape artists. This course will examine techniques used by the Group of Seven, the emphasis being trees, skies and water, as well as how contemporary artists such as Robert Genn and Stephen Quiller have carried these even further. 

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Starts Tuesday afternoons starting 14 April 2015 or Thursday evenings starting April 16 2015
Length 10 Tuesday afternoons 1-3:30 p.m. or 10 Thursday evenings 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Location Westmount Branch Library, 3200 Wonderland Road, London
Cost $278.00 (includes HST) Note: the library has a no refunds policy
Media Students may bring watercolour, fluid acrylic, or watermixable oils to this class, and Cheryl take turns demonstrating in each paint type. Click here for information about recommended supplies. No turpentine is allowed in class. Also plan to bring some landscape photo references of your own.
Level Beginners and intermediate painters
Details Special emphasis will be given to trees, skies, and water in landscapes. Also included in the course will be techniques for integrating collage items into a landscape. On odd numbered weeks we will work step by step through segments of famous landscape paintings by Group of Seven members and contemporary artists. On even weeks (week 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) students should bring their own landscape references and incorporate the techniques learned the previous week into their paintings. Students bring their own painting supplies.
Register Registration is now open. Register online at the London Public Library website, or by phoning 519-473-4708 with a credit card. You may also register in person at any branch.

Beginning Painting for Adults - Landscapes - ages 17 to Seniors welcome

No art experience is necessary - absolute beginners welcome!

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Starts Wednesday May 6, 2015
Length 8 Wednesdays; 1-3:30 p.m.
Location Masonville Branch Library, 30 North Centre Road, London
Cost $189.84 (includes HST) Note: the library has a no refunds policy
Media Students bring their own painting supplies: watercolour, acrylic, or water mixable oils - no turpentine is allowed in class.  Click here for information about recommended supplies. Painting references will be supplied for the first 6 weeks. Plan to work about 10" x 12". (Quarter sheet in watercolour paper is fine.) Students bring their own landscape photos to work from for the last 2 weeks. 
Level Beginners and painters who would like to review the basics.
Details Work step by step through some of Cheryl's paintings to learn about colour mixing, brush care and handling, basic composition, and other important painting topics as they apply to landscape paintings. No art experience necessary.
Register Registration opens April 1, 2015. Register online at the London Public Library website, or by phoning 519-660-4646 with a credit card. You may also register in person at any branch.

Colour Hands On or Portraits - ages 17 to Seniors welcome

These 2 courses are being offered as private, semi-private, or group of 3 lessons. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow your art. These types of lessons will only be available at certain times during the year - don't miss the opportunity to study with a professional artist in their studio!

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Starts Week of April 14 2015 - Full course is 10 weeks. Currently available times: Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons. Check back on this page, as I will keep the available times updated, and may add more as these book full. Note: Private lessons may be booked for 5 weeks at a time, and therefore could start later if there is a time slot available.
Length 10 weeks, 1 hour per week. Exception: Private lessons may be booked for 5 weeks at a time.
Location Cheryl's studio, southwest London
Cost
  • Group of 3 $30+HST each/hour (may be paid in 2 installments)
  • Semi-private $40+HST each/hour (may be paid in 2 installments)
  • Private $60 + HST/hour (may book either 5 or 10 week classes)
  • Private lessons are also available for 1/2 hour at $30 + HST. If half hour classes are selected, the course may require more than 10 weeks to complete.
  • Some conditions apply - full details available, email: art@cherylo.ca
Media Portrait Course: the first 4 weeks are focused on drawing portraits and only drawing supplies are needed for those weeks. Week 5 introduces colour for skin tones. The last 5 weeks focus on painting portraits.

Colour Hands On: students bring their own photo references to work from - any subject except portraits. Also bring extra watercolour paper or canvas pad approx 8 inches by 11 inches for doing exercises.

Colour Hands On and Portraits: Students bring their own painting supplies - watercolour, acrylic, or water mixable oils - no turpentine is allowed in class.  Click here for information about recommended supplies.

Level Beginners through Advanced painters welcome.
Details Portraits: learn to draw and paint a realistic head and shoulders portrait

Colour Hands On: understand colour theory, colour mixing, and colour usage in order to gain confidence in this important aspect of painting

Register Registration is open now. Payment will be arranged after your lessons are confirmed. Contact Cheryl at art@cherylo.ca and let her know:
  1. which course you are interested in
  2. whether you want private, semi-private, or group of 3 lessons
  3. whether you already have painting buddies, or would like Cheryl to try to find a match
  4. which time slots could work for you.
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