Drawing and Painting

This program provides an introduction to drawing and painting through a blend of courses focused on both theory and technique. 


Fall 2016
Program Status: Waitlisted
Program Code: VAF
Location: Haliburton
Contact: Jennifer Bain Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $4,428.89 program duration*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $14,466.35 program duration*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: VAF
Location: Haliburton
Contact: Jennifer Bain Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: January 09, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $4,368.89 program duration*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $14,466.35 program duration*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

You will be challenged to embrace the freedom and rigour of creating with the two-dimensional surface. This program blends theory and practice with extensive hands-on exercises to polish techniques and skills. Abstract, realism, non-objective, figurative, contemporary: you will be exposed to diverse, modern approaches to drawing and painting and will create many pieces within these styles. Learn fundamental skills such as how to stretch canvas as well as colour mixing techniques. Our program is designed to provide those with basic to intermediate skills the training and experience needed to move to a more advanced level of studio practice.
Examine the many creative possibilities of oil, acrylic and watercolour media in a modern studio environment filled with bright, natural light. Sessions with life models will assist you in developing your drawing and painting abilities. Work in a large studio that is designed to provide an optimum experience and is well-equipped with easels and a variety of drawing boards.
Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our intensive 15-week certificate programs provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time.  Each week you will work alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio.  Limited enrolment ensures you have access to equipment and time to interact with faculty.  You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class. 

Why Choose Fleming

Our school is a leader in providing unique and flexible art and design education. Learn from professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada at a campus that provides the best possible hands-on studio experience. Create in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community of resident artists and designers. Graduate with a solid portfolio to take you to the next step in your art career – whether that is continuing education, starting your own practice or entering the workforce. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates are working as fine artists, studio assistants, gallerists, art administrators and educators.

Faculty Profile

Matthew Mancini is a contemporary realist oil painter, formally trained in traditional oil painting techniques. His body of work includes portrait commissions, large figurative narrative works, still life and wildlife. The natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands has influenced Matthew’s more recent work. Matthew was recognized as a finalist at the 2014 Art Renewal Centre’s annual salon, as well as placing 2nd in The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) 2015 competition.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

Related Programs

This 15-week certificate can be applied to both the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma and the Integrated Design Diploma - Specialist Options.

Additional Costs

There will be an additional expense of approximately $325 for tools and equipment in addition to the material fee included in the tuition.

Pathways to Further Education

Students who graduate from an art certificate program can earn their Visual and Creative Arts diploma (VCAD) or their Integrated Design diploma with just two more semesters of study. 

Visual and Creative Arts diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies through our many articulation agreements with leading art education institutions across Canada and in the United States. Complete details can be found here.


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