Location Landscapes

in and around Durham

Paint en plein air at various locations.  Work in your choice of pencil, pastel, watercolour, oil or acrylic. All levels welcome. Class will meet at The Colour Jar to review materials, techniques and approaches and then go to location to paint.

Thursdays 1-3 PM
August 3, 10 & 17

Instructor: Rhonda Abrams.

Advanced Painting

For those who have taken previous DurhamArtSchool courses or equivalent background and want to refine their technique & take art to the next level. Work from still lifes in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel. Choose between mornings or evenings.

Thursdays days 10 – 12:30
July 13, 20  & 27.

Thursday nights 7- 9
July 13, 20  & 27.

Instructor: Rhonda Abrams.

Sketching People and Portraits

at the Garafraxa Café

Sketch from live models. These sessions combine basic direction to get you started, minimal instruction as needed, and some demos. Bring your own supplies and work in pencil, conte, pastel or watercolour. Easels provided. Classy drinks available for purchase.

Portraits (dressed):

Tuesdays 7 -9 PM
June 27, July 11, & 25

Life Drawing (nude):

Tuesdays 7-9 PM
August 1 & 15

Instructor: Rhonda Abrams.


Join the popular renaissance of calligraphy/handlettering to create cards, invitations and journal entries. Learn classic and new letterforms, and try out all the best markers and inks. Teens and adults. Let us know if you would be interested in a longer course!

Tuesday night 7- 9
August 15.

Instructor: Timothy Dyck

First Fridays

continues September 1, 4:30 to 7:30pm. All ages (kids below 11 years need to be supervised by a parent/guardian) and we encourage parents and adults of any age to come as well. A nearly-free event: $2 per person. We plan fun and accessible activities like painting and printing. Call 519-369-1283 or check Facebook for an update. Here’s a plug for our Friday night food-friends: The Garafraxa Cafe, Riverside, and Young’s Garden. Please Like Durham’s BIA Facebook page.

Space is limited for all classes. Payment in advance, at The Colour Jar in cash, credit / debit cards. Sign up for our notification mailing list on our home page.



Co-owner Barbara Dyck offers piano lessons to all ages and levels; call or stop in to make an appointment. She

occasionally hosts concerts right here in the store. See our mailing list on the Home page!