Art Lessons

...there's no teacher who can teach anything new. He can just help us to remember things we always knew... ~ Michael Cretu


Studio offers semi-private art lessons in small groups, workshops and consultations. Studio provides non-intimidating and encouraging environment where creativity can flourish and fulfill everyone’s dreams. Every student in LIBA's Studio has individual attention. Projects are adjusted to the student's level, experience and interest.



Students can choose to study drawing (charcoal, pencils, graphite, soft pastels, oil pastels, ink), painting (oil, acrylic, watercolours, gouache), mixed media, collage or clay.


There is no previous artistic experience required; students can come to learn or perfect their skills. Families are more than welcome to attend classes together!!!!

Liba believes that all people, of any age and any ability, can learn to enjoy artistic expression. This enhances their understanding not only of themselves, but of the various cultures of the world.
Liba also believes that anyone is an artist in his/her own way, whether he/she has talent or not. The beauty of art is that it can be picked up at any age. The process of seeing, that is the key to any medium used in art, can be mastered by all. Everyone can train the eye, hand and the right side of the brain. Creativity and achieved technical skills can be improved.

Artists are diverse and varied as they come, not only in experience, but style and also attitude. That is why students in LIBA's Art Studio do not follow the same instructions, they do not create the same artwork and they do not have to follow the techniques and processes she creates. Every student has individual attention; projects are adjusted to the student's level, experience and interest.

Liba enjoys sharing her knowledge of various art techniques and encourages her students to experiment with a multitude of medias and ideas. She helps students to find their own inner voice to create and find the style and technique on their own. Liba also trains students to see the objects and subjects of their work as they are, understand the form, design, composition and concept of their creations. Liba aims as an art teacher to reach students’ potential and help them to create their best art work possible. Learning to treat artistic achievement , creativity, and design with respect and appreciation is her underlying goal.


                                       ART LESSONS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

                                             SEPTEMBER 5 – JUNE 28, 2017/2018
                                 Art Classes 6 + (LIBA Art Studio, Dalhousie, NW Calgary)

Please contact Liba at for availability and for further information how to register. The registration for the school year 2017/2018 will be opened May 30th, 2017 and will be closing June 28th, 2017.

Art lessons run by month (2hrs every week; more hrs a week is possible if student is interested). Students have to be min. 6 years old. There is one month notice if student wishes to cancel lessons.


Tuesdays             6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  or       7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Wednesdays       6:15 PM - 8:15 PM  
Thursdays          10:00 AM - 12:00 PM         7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please know that the name of the student can be added on the waiting list if the desired day and time is already booked. The student will be contacted right away when the spot will be available.


$ 100 (incl. GST) per month (even though, some months have 4 weeks and some 5 weeks, the fee remains the same)

Students have to have their own art supplies. The list of art supplies and the list of registration policy is provided with the registration. Students who attended lessons min. one year in LIBA studio qualify for discounts for regular classes ($5), art weekends and workshops ($10). Also, students from one family are eligible for discounts ($5 per student) and for art weekends and workshops ($10). The discount is not calculated twice if the student comes with family member and he/she is registered in LIBA studio longer than one year. Only one of these discounts will apply. Seniors 65+ gualify for $ 3 discount.

There is an option to pay for classes quarterly. The student will qualify for $5 discount if he/she will choose this option. Fees are accepted by cheques made to LIBA Art Studio, by money e-transfers made to or by cash.

Please know that the space in the studio is limited. Therefore, in order to secure the spot in classes, students must pay for every class running in the particular month, whether they attend or not. Students must notify Liba about upcoming absence. Classes missed will not be refunded or carried over. Make up class can be arranged within one month after the class was missed. In the case that the student will cancel classes, missed classed will be dismissed.

Fees are due the last day of each month for the following month.
There is $2.50 a day late charge fee if the fee is not paid on time.


Students in Liba's classes will have an opportunity to learn various drawing techniques through different themes and experience variety of drawing mediums (charcoal, graphite, pencil, ink, soft pastels, oil pastels).The history of drawing may be as old as the human race itself. As children we all draw-yet the older we become, the more we seem to ignore the significance of drawing as a vital source of communication and pleasure. Drawing is perhaps the most direct of the arts, with an immediacy that allows us to record instantly what we see. Anyone can learn to draw if they adopt the right approach. Just as with any other subject, practice is essential for achieving good results.*


Students can choose which painting medium he/she would like to study (acrylic, oil. watercolors, gouache, pastels) He/she will be encouraged to learn a variety of painting techniques and styles in a chosen medium with use of different themes (still life, landscape, figurative work, portraits, abstract) Every student will have an opportunity to gather knowledge and learn how to use all painting mediums upon the request.The history of painting is an ongoing river of creativity, that continues into the 21st century. It reaches back in time to artifacts from pre-historic humans and spans and cultures. Until the early 20 century it relied primarily on representational, religious and classical motifs, after which time more purely abstract and conceptual approaches gained favour.*


Encaustic and Ancient Art Techniques
Students will have an opportunity to learn how to use silver point drawing, egg tempera and encaustic to create an artwork. Experimenting with these ancient techniques will be highly encouraged. Silver point drawing and egg tempera painting was widely used by old masters. Encaustic is considered one of the most ancient painting mediums in the world. It is a paint that is composed of beeswax, damar resin and pigments.The world “encaustic’ comes from the Greek “encaustikos” “to burn in”, referring to the process of using heat to fuse the layers together. It was notably used in Favyum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300AD. This technique was lost for hundred of years. It was re-discovered again in 18th century and it was reviewed in the twentieth century largely by Jasper Johns. Today, encaustic painting is experiencing revival.


Liba will give her students useful tips and feedback about materials, themes and how to unify composition and colours. Collage is a collaborative art: a combination of one’s creative vision and whatever images appeal to it. Collage has almost universal appeal to artists who constantly search for other means to add more excitement to their work for different ways of being creative. Collage, more than any art medium, offers myriad opportunities for invention and innovation.Collage can be as simple or complicated as one likes. Anyone can do it.It won’t cost much , one can start with simple, discarded materials.*

Mixed Media and Abstract

Students will learn about variety of media, materials and techniques that can be used to create abstract (or semi-abstract) artwork. Use of unconventional materials and tools up to the students choice and/or advice of the instructor will be encouraged. Acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite, soft pastels, oil pastels are examples of paint that can be used in these lessons. Due to longer drying times oil paint is not recommended for these classes.


Student will learn to create 3 dimensional art pieces in various themes with air dried clay . Student will also have an option to paint and decorate their finished art work.Clay is a naturally occurring material composed primarily of fine-grained minerals, which show plasticity through a variable range of water content, and which can be hardened when dried or fired.*​


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