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Added photos to Summer workshop: Drawing with Hayden Menzies.

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The first of a series of workshops over the Summer months at Fine Oak Art School.

Hayden Menzies will be giving a glimpse into his working process, and offering a workshop on drawing. The drawing and painting involved will be very fun and relaxed.

No talent required for any of these workshops - it is a chance to get in there and learn something new from a really cool Toronto artist - and to make your own work of art!

BYOB and snacks - this event is a super fun and interesting way to spend a Summer afternoon.

The cost is $40, with taxes and art supplies included.

You can officially register by emailing

Please pass along, share with your friends!

Just announced: Summer Workshops at Fine Oak Art School!!!

Fine Oak is conducting a series of one-day art workshops for adults over the Summer.

Summer workshops are open to anyone, of any skill-level. They are one day workshops at an affordable price, with art supplies included. A great way to spend an afternoon, and to learn a lot from various Toronto artists!

Saturday, July 14, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Free-form drawing workshop with Hayden Menzies – $40

Saturday, August 4, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Zines and mixed media workshop with Ivy Lovell – $40

Saturday, August 11, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Illustration and character development workshop with Juliana Neufeld $40

Saturday, August 18, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Abstract painting with Erica Beyea – $40

Saturday, September 8, 8:00 p.m. – Artist Talk with Jeremy Jansen

Please see for more info.

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TORONTO – Fine Oak Art School is announcing a new series of artist talks and one-day art workshops. Fine Oak Art School is bringing practicing artists direct to the inexperienced art student, starting on March 17, 2012. Each month will feature a different practicing artist who will give a talk on Saturday, and then lead a workshop themed on their own artwork the following Sunday.

“I want to bring the work of young, interesting and practicing artists to the attention of adults interested in art but who don’t necessarily frequent the Toronto art scene. I am on a mission to take the intimidation factor out of visual art.”, said Erica Beyea, artist and founder, Fine Oak Art School. “These talks are free, and open to anyone. The art workshops are for the most inexperienced of dabblers in fine art. It allows everyone to have the chance to learn from some of the many fantastic and successful artists in our community.”

With a BYOB potluck being a part of every class and workshop, Fine Oak encourages an extremely relaxed environment for their students. Students are learning a lot and having a great time without feeling the least bit embarrassed about their new artwork.

March’s artist talk and workshop will feature painter Meghan McKnight discussing her abstract paintings. McKnight’s paintings are richly textured abstract paintings with lush organic forms and colour. She is represented by PM Gallery and works actively in Toronto. You can see more of her work at

On Saturday, March 17, McKnight will be giving a free Artist Talk at Fine Oak Art School. On Sunday, March 18, 4 – 8 p.m. she will be leading a one-day workshop on abstract painting. Admission is $60 for the workshop, with art supplies included. Students can make their own abstract paintings with the aid of McKnight and Beyea, in a fun and relaxed environment.

The monthly series will continue throughout 2012, with other artists leading the talks and workshops. Upcoming artists include: Maryanna Hardy, Jess Riva Cooper, Stewart Jones, Nicole Aline Legault, Niall McLelland, Jeremy R. Jansen, Rob Macinnis, Lisa Cristinzo and Tibi Tibi Neuspiel.

Fine Oak Art School has been teaching adults who haven’t picked up a paintbrush since grade school and art-school dropouts since September 2011. Founded by artist Erica Beyea, Fine Oak employs active artists to teach adults how to make great art of their own. Aside from workshops, Fine Oak also runs a variety of eight-class courses with a maximum of seven students in each course.

Contact: Erica Beyea // 416-827-9739 // // //@FineOak Art

Fine Oak Art School is offering portfolio preparation classes for students intending to apply to art colleges. Starting Saturday January 7, we are offering a 4-session portfolio bootcamp, that is timed to coincide with OCAD's application deadline. The class will be instructed by Jess Riva Cooper (BFA NSCAD, MFA RISD) and Erica Beyea (BFA OCAD, NSCAD).

Students will be able to put the finishing touches on their portfolio while being prepped the language and terminology needed to speak intelligently about their artwork. They will receive aid in writing their application letters, photographing their work for their portfolio, and many other tips that will help them stand out from other applicants.

Starting Saturday February 11th, Fine Oak will begin an 8-week Portfolio Development course. This course will break down the various portfolio requirements into weekly assignments so that each student can develop their portfolio without being overwhelmed by the process. This class will prepare students for art college itself, not just the application process. Here they will be introduced the critique process in a fun and constructive environment. With a maximum of five students per class, every student will receive a tremendous amount of one-on-one guidance from highly educated and experienced artists and instructors.

Portfolio Bootcamp

4 sessions, Saturdays 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

$200+ HST

January 7, 2011 (timed for OCAD application)

For students intending to apply to an art college or university, this 4-session workshop teaches students how to physically prepare their portfolios for application to a fine arts college. How to present your work and how best to conduct yourself during the interview are also covered. This class will teach any artist how to put a professional polish on their portfolio and boost their confidence for the interview. Technical aid with properly photographing artwork will also be provided.

Portfolio Development

8 sessions, Saturdays 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

$400+ HST

starts February 7th, 2012

For students intending to apply to an art college or university. Youth and adults develop a body of work to present at a portfolio interview. Thought process, art history and concept development are emphasized. Students are given the tools to impress the jury at any art school. Students can build up work required in a portfolio in weekly assignments, so they aren’t overwhelmed by the process. Students are introduced to critique process in a fun and constructive manner. Students will leave being able speak of their practice an intelligent manner. This course will prepare students for art college itself, not just the portfolio interview as it mirrors a Studio Foundations class in college. A maximum of 5 students per class ensures a great deal of attention is paid to each student and their needs.

Fine Oak was founded in 2011 by Erica Beyea. Offering art classes in Toronto for adults and youth of varying artistic experience and skill; beginners to experts.
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