Painting Classes Spring 2019

Painting Holidays – 2020 – We’re going to France! Stay tuned.

Learn to paint abstracted landscapes and florals using pallet knives.


Studio Painting Days

$50 p/h + PST for one-on-one tuition – minimum 2 hours.

$125 + PST per person for a 3 hour session for groups of 2-4 people.


General Information

  • We will focus on palette knife techniques for florals and landscapes.
  • You can work in acrylic or oil paints – you must bring your own supplies, specifically paints, knives, disposable palettes and canvas. I will supply you with a list of materials- including which knives you’ll need.
  • Spaces are limited to 4 people per session, so be sure to contact me directly either at this email, text or phone to reserve a space.
  • You can pay by cash, visa, etransfer or check in advance or at the beginning of the class.


You can pay by cash, visa, etransfer or check in advance or at the beginning of the class.

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Abstracted Landscape Painting with Palette Knives

Learn how to paint engaging landscapes as we explore abstraction through composition and knife work. We will review the use of vanishing points, mark making and colour theory to better understand the many ways in which landscape can be created.


Due to the length of the workshop we will be working in acrylics. You must bring your own supplies and I will you send a list of materials when you register.


You can pay by cash, visa, etransfer or check in advance or at the beginning of the class.

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Organize your own class or event

If you are interested in organizing a group painting day my studio – or yours – or taking one-on-one classes in mine- please contact me at sowerbuttc@gmail.comor at 604 603-8794.


I’m also offering corporate team building days in my studio – where you and your colleagues can come and paint – enjoy lunch and a wine down at the end of the day – and have a piece of art to take with you. For groups of 6 -8– these packages include a day of painting from 10:30 for 4:30, all art supplies, a catered lunch, light refreshments and a “wine down” at the end.


Rates for this vary according to the number of participants.


To find out more – contact me at or at 604 603-8794


Oil Painting Classes

Beginning in the February 2019, I will be offering oil painting techniques using palette knives and cold wax, a non toxic and less labour intensive oil painting practice. I will be doing small classes in my studio, and one-on-one sessions.


And some really exciting news… I have teamed up with a fabulous travel agent who specializes in art tours–– and we are currently planning several exciting painting holidays for 2019 and 2020, including Whistler, Okanagan wine country and the South of France including Provence for 2020.


Panoramic view of the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence on top of hill.


Come and play -in my 400 square foot attic studio  at the iconic 1000 Parker Street studios.

Workshop testimonial

As a complete beginner I was slightly apprehensive but Claire is an amazing instructor and the day was simply great. I will be recommending the experience to my friends and look forward to our next session!

B. Kidd

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