The skills to master your craft.

Maria, by Matthew Collins, OAA Head Instructor

Maria, by Matthew Collins, OAA Head Instructor


Our Philosophy

At the Ottawa Art Academy (OAA), we focus on academic representational realism. This makes it easier for students to learn the foundations and fundamentals of drawing and painting. If you can capture reality, then you are capable of creating anything you can imagine. We use the classic, time-proven, techniques from the 19th-century: from how we perceive and mix colours, to how we sharpen our pencils.

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“With enough time, anyone can become a master.”

— matthew collins, head instructor


Our classes cater to a wide range of skill levels and ages: from absolute beginners, seasoned artists, retiree’s, and to teenagers just entering high school. We believe that, with the right guidance, you can learn to draw and paint at any age.

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Long Pose Figure Drawing

tuesdays, 6-9pm

Sign up for our 6-week long figure drawing sessions. We select one pose for the duration of the sessions (3 hours each) to give students enough time to complete their drawing - from measuring the construct, to rendering.

If you want something more challenging than 15-minute poses and to work with a professional setup, this is for you.

Next session:
October 22nd to November 26th
6:00pm - 9:00pm


Develop your craft at the Ottawa Art Academy