Mixed Media Painting Classes

Discover unique mixed media painting techniques and take your creativity to the next level!

Learn unique mixed media & painting techniques with a variety of acrylic paint viscosities and interesting mediums.

Discover beautiful colour combinations and learn about brushes and brushstrokes.

Explore interesting drawing techniques with charcoal, pencil, watercolour pencils, conte, pastels, graphite powder and more!

Experiment with creative techniques such as photo transfers, acrylic skins, gold leaf, and use of plaster and textural elements.

AND, every lesson is fresh and new! (Lessons usually take 3 classes to complete)

8 or 12 consecutive weekly classes per session.

Start any time. I will integrate you into the class!


$425 + gst for 8 consecutive weekly classes


$595 + gst for 12 consecutive weekly classes (Save $42)


Wednesday 6 pm - 9 pm

Thursday 10 am - 1 pm


My Studio!

208 - 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver


If you don't have your own mixed media supplies and acrylics, you can use mine for a nominal fee. I have absolutely everything!

The supply fee includes acrylic paints, mediums, gels & pastes, drawing utensils (charcoal, graphite powder & sticks, pastels, watercolour pencils), collage papers, gold leaf...

(extra fees may apply for larger quantity needs or special materials).

Plus the use of all of my tools (stencils, brushes, aprons, palettes, brayers, cutting utensils, texture-making stuff ) and more! I just can't list it all.

Students provide the substrate, wood panels, and paper, for each lesson or save a trip to the art store and purchase them from me. :)

Supply Fees

$95 + tx/8 classes


$140+ tx/12 classes

Workshops & Private Lessons

With the Mixed Media Master 

I teach an array of Specialized Mixed Media Workshops throughout the year. Many are in my studio and others are hosted by Galleries or Art Centres.

I Love to create personalized workshops!

Let's talk and design the perfect workshop for your group, whether it's team-building, with friends, or an art circle!


With the Mixed Media Master

One-on-one private mentoring for emerging or mid career artists.

Group mentoring sessions.

Mentoring to groups, organizations and schools by way of Mixed Media Art Demo's or Talks.

"Creativity is exploration, discovery and growth."

Art can immerse individuals in a state of flow, where they become fully engrossed in the creative process. This state of being, often meditative and euphoric, allows one to embrace the present moment fully. 

In my art practice, I constantly explore and experiment looking for new and innovative mixed-media techniques and mediums. With great pleasure, I share my unique discoveries with my students, keeping lessons fresh and exciting. Over 14 years of teaching and still, each lesson is new! 

I gently encourage each student to expand their horizons, free their minds, and ignite their artistic expression. Join me on a journey of creativity as we explore the realm of mixed media. Together, we can become masters of this fun and versatile art form!

Create with me, the Mixed Media Master!


I’ve had the privilege of being a painting student of Sonya's for 10 years. During that time, I have learned so many wonderful things. Sonya provides a welcoming classroom environment, helping students feel comfortable and at home in a very short amount of time. Project ideas are so exciting that I often wish there were 10 of me working on them. She provides great lessons, ample time to explore, excellent support and positive constructive feedback. Great community is magically created within the classes, and there’s a special hum of creative energy in the room. I highly recommend anyone to take her courses, from those with no experience to experienced artists.

- Sarah Hoye

2009 - 2020

I was in Sonya's class for years and years and only stopped because my work schedule changed. Sonya is incredibly knowledgeable and creative with mixed media art. She's also a lot of fun and the classes are a true joy! She has a gift for working with people of all experience levels and styles so that everyone feels good about what they are creating. When I started with Sonya, I had no painting experience. Now, I sell my paintings and exhibit internationally...entirely thanks to Sonya. Her classes brought so much joy into my life each week. I can't recommend them enough!

- Beth Stewart

2010 - 2021

Sonya is one of our favourite guest artists to have in. She is friendly, relatable, innovative, and FUNNY! Sonya has helped our young artists come up with new ways of expressing themselves using typical artistic materials in unique ways. Sonya is a certified Golden Artist Educator, so she brings knowledge and good materials to class. She also has great concepts behind her own work and our students love hearing about how she comes up with her ideas, and then intertwines them with materials and process.

- Kelly Poole - Senior School Art Teacher

Arts and Applied Design Skills & Technology Department

Crofton House School

Annual Guest Artist Workshops 2016 - Current

We had a great day with Sonya creating art. We booked her for one of our schools Pro-D Days. Sonya was very well organized. She had lots of samples laid out for us and separate workstations set up. There were so many high-quality materials to work with as well.

We were able to create many different samples of techniques turned into art pieces. I brought them back to school and used them as samples for my students. With some of the techniques I learned with Sonya I was able to adapt them when I created cross-curricular projects in science.

Sonya was extremely generous with sharing her ideas and what she used to create some of her own art pieces as well. I appreciated her knowledge and generous sharing of her ideas and her very comprehensive step by step approach to teaching.

Sonya, you receive an Excellent grade from me! Hope to take more classes with you at some point.

- Cindy Schreyer Arts, Integrated Specialist

Fraser Academy School

Pro-D Day Workshops 2021 - Current

An artist-friend recommended Sonya when I was searching for private lessons after dabbling with painting (art therapy is great for my brain surgery recovery). I love art but never created for myself & didn’t want to just give up after a few months of feeling discouraged with the lack of guidance at my local community centre group classes. In June, I contacted Sonya & she explained her expertise in Mixed Media Art (I had no idea what it is & after our email correspondence, I was curious). After my 1st private lesson with Sonya, I’m hooked!!! I’ve been going for private lessons once a week since June. I’m currently on my 8th project!!! Initially, I hoped to simply get better at watercolour & acrylic painting, not only have I now been taught many techniques for those mediums but I have learned a variety of other mediums that I never knew anything about: carving, image transferring, gold leaf application, clear embossing, stencilling, matte medium application… - the possibilities are simply endless… this is all due to the amazingly creative professional artist-teacher that Sonya is! She knows exactly which mediums I should learn/do for each project that I visualize & we’d brainstorm together. She listens, encourages, problem-solves creatively with a big heart during each private session (2-3hrs), guiding me every single step in the process. I am learning so much with Sonya… truly appreciate her knowledge & patience - each project so far has surpassed my expectations & extremely meaningful for me. I most appreciate the multitude of processes involved in the creation of a mixed media artwork piece!!! I highly recommend Sonya’s private lessons, truly one of the best new experiences that I thoroughly enjoy weekly - truly joyful!!!

- Elisa J

Private Student 2023 - Current

Sonya is an amazing human being and teacher. I have been taking painting classes with Sonya since 2016. Her classes helped me express my creative side and also were good for my mental health. Sonya knows how to teach people at any level and really meets you where you are with your skills (or zero experience). She pushes you to explore different techniques and assist you along the way. I highly recommend her classes and look forward to taking another one soon!

- Genevieve K

2016 - Current

Having taken several of Sonya's art classes, I cannot recommend them and her enough. She is a natural teacher, engaging, supportive and a keen observer and communicator, so she is able to keep edging you along the learning path. Her classes were not only a lot of fun, they had a heap of learning through the creative lessons she shared. I loved how people of all walks of life and all skill levels were welcome and comfortable and clearly thoroughly enjoyed Sonya's classes.

- Efrosini Drimousis

Sonya is a wonderful teacher. She's very knowledgeable and experienced, and she is constantly testing out new techniques herself which she shares with her students. Regardless of your level of experience, Sonya can meet you there. Personally, I was looking to expand my repertoire and knowledge of the vast world of products that are available for artists to use and how to use them. This was a great way to do that. I can now apply what I've learned from Sonya to my own work and it has changed everything

- Jessica K

2016 - Current

Thank you to Sonya for an amazing series of classes. I work primarily in oils, so I learned so much about working with acrylics and cool techniques I would never have imagined.
Having said that I am a creator, I must say that these workshop style classes are extremely accessible to everyone at all levels.
much good energy in the space!
Thank you Sonya for your inspirational teaching ❤️👏👏👏

- Jane R


For several years I have taken art with Sonya and loved it. She is a talented artist and a patient, calming teacher. Sonya makes her students feel like a community of burgeoning artists. Her humour is contagious. Sonya makes learning fun. She allows her students to be creative with gentle instructions to help us along.

- Alice K

2018 - 2023

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