Abstract Painting: Mapping the Landscape Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity Collage: Image, Layering & Design Colour in Painting The Contemporary Botanical Creativity Bootcamp: Exploring Your Inner Artist Design for Beginners Discover Your Colour Palette Expressive Handwriting Mixed Media and the Photograph Murals and Street Art Oil Painting Primer Watercolour: Abstract Composition Watercolour Play


fall workshops TUITION REGISTER

FALL 2017 WORKSHOPS

All workshops can be taken for credit towards one of our PROGRAMS (Certificate or Diploma).

Unless noted, all workshops have materials included and are suitable for beginners.

Murals and Street Art (PNTG w171-18)

This three session workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of mural painting, a traditional art form that has experienced a renaissance over the last several decades with the rise of street art and graffiti. Students will learn to use a range of tools such as spray paint, stencils, rollers, tape, and painting with brushes to achieve many different effects. The workshop will also cover how various artists (both historical and contemporary) have navigated architecture, public space, scale, and other unique aspects of painting on walls. Participants will use the back walls of the Vancouver Island School of Art to make completed murals. This workshop takes place over three consecutive Sundays.
Sep 10, 17 & 24 Sundays, 10am - 5pm
Kay Marie Gallivan
Tuition: $150.00 (18 hrs) (materials included)
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Creativity Bootcamp: Exploring Your Inner Artist (MMED w173-12)

The workshop, taught by textile artist Natalie Grambow, will explore creativity through images, materials and idea development. Student will be guided through the elements and principles of design, such as balance, symmetry, harmony, contrast, unity; and these will provide a creative structure for the development of work. Students will learn to visually narrate stories incorporating personal references and applying design principles. Approaches such as image deconstruction, mono-printing, writing, and drawing will be used as ways to develop content and composition. Students will leave the workshop with a creative journal (which will provide a valuable source for future ideas and project development) as well as a series of small textile art pieces.
Oct 14 & 15, 2017 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Natalie Grambow
Tuition: $275.00 (12 hrs) (materials included)

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Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity (MMED w130-3)

Do you spend more time thinking about making art than actually doing it? Take an afternoon to work on fun and imaginative projects guaranteed to get you back into the flow of creating art on a regular basis. The time to start making art is right now, not some vague day in the future that never comes. By simply cutting, arranging and gluing papers to a surface, you will learn how to make striking compositions through the arrangement of line, form and colour. This is a great workshop for those without art experience or for those you who need a jumpstart on your creativity.
Oct 22, 2017 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Discover Your Colour Palette (FNDT w119)

Have you ever wondered about how to put colours together? Would you like to learn to create a dynamic colour scheme that is both pleasing and personal? Whether it’s how to choose paint for your home or update your wardrobe, colour choices are by their very nature, subjective. Learn to establish a gratifying colour palette by working with paper swatches and responding to personal decisions based on what are often instant and intuitive likes. Once you have developed your palette, the instructor will guide you through the addition of neutrals and complementary colours to create a personal colour scheme that is both dynamic and visually pleasing.
Oct 22, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Xane St Phillip
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Mixed Media and the Photograph (MMED w156-6)

In this one day workshop you will use your photographs as a starting point for further enhancement by learning various techniques to bleach, alter and augment the photographic surface. Students will also work with mixed media including paint, pencils, pastels and specialty papers. Students must provide their own photographic images but all other supplies are provided. Guidance on subject matter and sizes will be sent out in advance.
Oct 29, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Oil Painting Primer (PNTG w167-6)

In this one-day workshop you will explore the enormous potential of oil paint. Oil paint is a slow-drying and very forgiving medium, ideal for beginners because you can redo any brushstroke. Smelly solvents are a thing of the past; we will explore non-toxic methods for thinning paint and cleaning brushes. The focus will be on creating the lush, textured mark-making, rich colour, and subtle effects that only oil paint can achieve. This workshop is open to painters of all levels, from beginners to experienced acrylic or watercolour painters who are curious about working in oils.
Oct 29, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Design for Beginners (FNDT w117)

Do you wonder what makes a good composition? Or why one design stands out more than another? This workshop will introduce you to some basic design concepts through simple imaginative exercises that use collage as a way of creating immediate compositions. You will learn how to use geometric and organic shapes, colour, texture and pattern to create dynamic visual tension. You will develop skills in this one-day workshop that will be useful in many kinds of art-related projects. Design for Beginners is suitable for a total novice or an experienced designer in search of a fresh perspective.
Nov 5, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Xane St Phillip
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Watercolour Play (PNTG w157-3)

Are you curious about watercolour but aren’t sure where to begin? This afternoon workshop will introduce you to watercolour through some basic exercises that demonstrate how to build simple, yet dynamic, compositions. The emphasis is on “play,” not on making finished paintings. You will learn how to hold the brush, how to mix colours and how to have fun by just making marks, shapes and well-designed compositions.
Nov 5, 2017 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Expressive Handwriting (DRWG w172)

In this workshop, you will learn how to use your own handwriting in a direct, free and expressive way. Pencils, graphite and water-soluble media will be used to create unique pages of writing experiments. Bring any poem you like – or a piece of prose – to work with for the afternoon. You will learn to use your own handwriting as a source for a very personal form of mark making.
Nov 12, 2017 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Lorraine Douglas
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Abstract Painting: Mapping the Landscape (PNTG w211)

This workshop will focus on learning to see the landscape as made up of a series of abstracted shapes and forms that one can move through. Both rural and urban landscape forms will be explored and maps will be used as a basis for abstract image making. Maps will be considered as a way to understand how we move through space. The day will consist of two projects layering ideas of map and form. Images of other artists' work will fuel your idea development and understanding of aspects of painting such as perspective, colour, composition, contrast and scale. Feel free to bring ideas and/or images of landscapes or maps that intrigue you. You could choose to focus on a landscape that has special meaning to you and think about ideas of mapping such as literal maps, remembered or historical routes or future imagined routes. Landscape images and maps will also be available for your use. Some painting experience recommended.
Nov 26, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Anna Curtin
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Collage: Image, Layering & Design (MMED w174-6)

This workshop will focus on making collages with photographic images and learning to work with layering using B&W transparencies, glazes and specialty papers with other kinds of surface treatments. Discussions will include creating dynamic compositions and using text elements in the work. Students must provide their own photographic images but all other supplies are provided. Guidance on subject matter and image sizes will be sent out in advance.
Nov 26, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Colour in Painting (PNTG w170)

This one-day workshop will focus on applying colour theory to practical colour use in painting. You will learn to mix colours that correspond to what you see and how to mix clean, bright colours using a limited palette. You will experiment with coloured greys and subtle neutrals, and create paintings with effective colour combinations. Work in the painting medium of your choice: acrylics, oil or watercolour. Some painting experience recommended.
Nov 26, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $120.00 (6 hrs)
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The Contemporary Botanical (DRWG w239-3)

The inspiration for this workshop comes from the fantastical and intricate botanical drawings from the Renaissance through to the 19th century. The workshop begins by drawing a series of plant studies from observation that will be used later as a source for design development and transformation.
Nov 19, 2017 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Watercolour: Abstract Composition (PNTG w131-6)

This one-day workshop will introduce you to the many ways to make abstract compositions using watercolours. Starting with a series of paper collage exercises you will make colour and design work together to create dynamic compositions. You will learn some basic watercolour techniques such as washes, glazing and surface activation. The emphasis will be on making several small-scaled works in order to get plenty of opportunities to try a variety of designs and approaches.
Nov 19, 2017 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Xane St Phillip
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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