Fall Workshops

Classic Drawing I
Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Improve drawing skills and review classic techniques. Through a series of exercises learn to draw what you see by training your eye to observe. Work in pencil, charcoal and conte.
Mondays, Oct 16 + 23      9:30-12 Noon             $80

Watercolour Intro
All about controlling paint, mixing colour, and materials. Supplies included.
Saturday, Oct 28             10:30 –12:30 PM        $35

Pastel Intro
Test out hard and soft pastels, and pastel pencils. How to layer. What kind of paper is best? Supplies included.
Saturday, Nov 4             10:30 –12:30 PM          $35

Fall Landscapes
Paint outside at various locations in, and around, Durham. 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. Dress for the weather!
Wednesdays, Nov 1/8/15           1– 3PM                   $80

Chiaroscuro Skills: Intro
Learn skills to improve your ability to paint the effect of light from a single source, and extreme darkness. The first lesson will review how to see tone, and its effect on form.  The second lesson you will sketch a subject lit from the interior of the composition and in the third session will paint a still life lit in the chiaroscuro style.
Tuesdays, Nov 14/21/28                  7– 9:30PM        $85

Advanced Painting
For painters who have taken previous Durham Art School courses or equivalent background and want to refine technique & take skills to the next level. Work from still lifes in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel.  Choose between mornings or evenings.  Limited space so please register in advance.
Thursdays, Nov 9/16/23         10-12:30PM          $80

Figures Drawing at the Garafraxa Café
Sketch from unclothed models.  These sessions will begin with a short talk with historic examples of figures, basic direction to get you started, and minimal instruction as needed. Bring your own supplies and work in pencil, conte, pastel or watercolour. Easels provided. Classy drinks available for purchase.

Tuesdays, Dec 5/12/19                   6:30-9:30PM        $95

First Fridays

continues October 6, 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 is required in advance (except for First Fridays), 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!