Abstract Painting: Three Ways Calligraphy Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity Colour in Painting Drawing as Abstraction Drawing with Thread Egg Tempera Painting Geology as Art Indigo Dyeing Islamic Design The Language of Drawing Map as Art Oil Painting: Composition & Process Oil Painting for Beginners Oil Painting Primer Painting: Ideas through Process Painting: Monochrome and Collage Painting: Plein Air Workshop Pattern and Design with Adobe Illustrator Relief Printmaking Still Life Painting Stop Motion Animation


spring/summer workshops TUITION REGISTER

SPRING/SUMMER 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.

Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity (MMEDw130-3)

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.
July 2 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $75.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Pattern and Design with Adobe Illustrator (PHOTw216-6)

This workshop is geared towards artists and designers who could benefit from learning how to make patterns and designs using Adobe Illustrator. Computer assisted imagery can be used as source material for drawings, paintings or collage; or as part of the work itself. The workshop includes a basic introduction to how Illustrator works, making and combining shapes and colour mixing with gradients. Basic methods of saving applications for print and/or web use is also covered. You will leave workshop with the confidence to explore and discover new design possibilities with Illustrator on your own. You will need to bring laptop and have Adobe Illustrator installed on your computer. You can download a weeklong free trial of Adobe Illustrator prior to start of workshop.
Jul 2 Sunday, 10am - 5pm - Cancelled
Michael Routliffe
Tuition: $110.00 (6 hrs)
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Calligraphy (DRWGw134-6)

Calligraphy will get you started on this versatile and expressive craft and provide you with ideas on how to incorporate letter-making in your artistic practice. You will be introduced to the terminology, materials, tools and expressive delight of calligraphy. The focus will be on “italic”, which is the most classic and versatile hand lettering style. You will learn how decorative lettering can be used on its own or in drawings, paintings and mixed media work.
July 9 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jenny Hainsworth
Tuition: $150.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Drawing with Thread (MMEDw169-6)

This one-day workshop explores thread as a drawing medium for both experimental paper-based and fabric-based works. Students will be introduced to basic stitch techniques while experimenting with creative uses of thread in stitch work through both individual and collaborative works. Small projects will provide exposure to contemporary work that push the boundaries of both embroidery and drawing. This workshop would be of interest to individuals with an interest in the overlapping of art and craft.
July 9 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Connie Morey
Tuition: $150.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Painting: Plein Air (PNTGw233-30)

Landscape is in perpetual flux as light, season and weather continue to change over time. Plein air painting, or painting outdoors from life, is a sensorial immersion in space where what we see is influenced by changing light, scents and sounds of the space. These physical attributes are also informed by our own physical condition, the quality of our attention and the history of the space. This workshop looks at the historical, philosophical and practical applications of the genre. Of particular focus is looking at plein air painting in a contemporary context and understanding its possible role in today's world. The exercises are intense investigations of space, and training in the skill of looking. Classes will consist of field trips and hands-on painting, as well as technical instruction and individual guidance. Oil and acrylic painters welcome.
Jul 10 - 14 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jeremy Herndl
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
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Photography Projects Intensive (PHOTw217-30)

A workshop designed for photographers interested in developing a portfolio of work. This hands-on workshop will include discussions, production work, field trips, one-to-one meetings, informal critiques and class discussion. Culminating in a 10-day exhibition in the Slide Room Gallery, this workshop is for those seeking time to start a thematic project or for those interested in creating more time to further develop a series-in-progress. The workshop will review shooting methods, affordable presentation options, editing, and post-production workflow. The workshop will run July 10-13 (Monday-Thursday, 10-5pm) with classroom discussions and demos in the mornings and with production work and field trips in the afternoons. The course will end with one final session on Wednesday, July 19 (10am-5pm) to present finished work and to prepare for the exhibition (Thursday, July 20 - Monday, July 24). Students have optional access to VISA's B&W darkroom and may choose to work with film or digital photography. Participants need to have a digital or film SLR camera and a laptop with photo-editing software on it. (Participants can download a weeklong free trial of Photoshop prior to start of workshop.)
Jul 10 - 13 and Wed Jul 19 Monday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm
Tara Nicholson
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
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Geology as Art (DRWGw173-3)

Did you ever collect rocks as a kid or perhaps you still like to collect them as you walk along the ocean? Geology, or the study of the earth’s surface provides an incredible source for the visual artist. This workshop focuses on three components of geology: striations, rock formations and crystal structures as subject matter for drawing. Examples of artists whose work is inspired by geology will be shown. Projects include using pencils, watercolour and collage.
July 16 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $75.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Islamic Design (FNDTw118-6)

You will learn the basics of Islamic pattern design in this one-day workshop. Islamic patterns are intriguing because of their visually complex designs and the fact that no design is ever the same. And yet they are all based on one simple geometric shape: the circle. Through a series of step-by-step exercises, you will work from a pre-formed grid as well as develop your own pattern and several variations of a design. You will learn to create a grid without using a ruler to measure: just a pencil, compass and straightedge. Discussion on how these intricate designs might be integrated into your own work will also be covered.
July 16 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Xane St Phillip
Tuition: $150.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Abstract Painting: Three Ways (PNTGw252-30)

This weeklong intensive painting workshop will concentrate on different approaches to idea development, technique and presentation associated with abstract painting. The workshop’s content aims at illuminating varied sources and approaches to abstraction, including the use of representational sources (video stills), approaches to the surface (appliqué and décollage), and compositional experimentation with support and space (sculptural installation). The instruction will include a combination of slide shows, demonstrations, one-on-one feedback and group critique. Some painting experience recommended.
Jul 17 - 21 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
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The Language of Drawing (DRWGw244-30)

This workshop is taught by UK artist and writer Jack Southern, who is renowned for his fantastic drawing textbook Drawing Projects. The workshop will initially focus on developing a comprehensive mark-making vocabulary and then, through a series of half-day and daylong projects, students apply the dexterous use of mark making to a range of methods, materials and techniques. Whatever your experience of making drawings, you will discover new and exciting approaches that enable you to develop a fundamental understanding of quality of line, contour and boundary line, tonal range, composition, negative space, scale and perspective. While developing key visual, practical and conceptual abilities, you will also enrich your sense of self-expression, individuality and, perhaps most important, your confidence. The integration of theory and practice will be incorporated with historical and contemporary examples. Students will gain vital knowledge and insight throughout the week.
Jul 17 - 21 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jack Southern
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
Material Fee: $50 (covers cost of all papers used throughout workshop)
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Indigo Dyeing (MMEDw170-12)

This workshop explores the magic of Indigo, a dye and colour that has a long and deep history. Indigo is a status symbol of the Tuareg of the Sahara and considered a precious color by the Dobag weavers of Turkey. The dyers of Rajasthan use indigo as their final creative step in intricate tie and dye patterning and almost every blue jeans wearer should be familiar with indigo. It is the only dye in the world that starts blue, turns yellow, changes to green, and then finally transforms itself again to true blue. You will create both a natural and a synthetic dye vat, learn how to keep it going for future dyeing and dye your own choice of natural fibres and cloth. You will also make a wide variety of patterns on cloth from pole wrapping, folded and pleated patterns, shape resists plus a multi-value gradation. The workshop is perfect for sewers, quilters, surface design artists, and anyone looking for to experience the "magic of blue". Tuition fee includes supply kit containing all dyes and chemicals, dye equipment and some specialty fabrics.
July 22 & 23 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Susan Purney Mark
Tuition: $275.00 (12 hrs) (most materials included)
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Relief Printmaking (PRNTw108-12)

This two-day workshop explores techniques essential to relief printing including image development, block cutting, inking and printing using water-based inks to create reduction images of two or more colours. The workshop is appropriate for students with no relief printing background as well as those who want to develop techniques with creative image development and methods of printing at home without a press.
July 22 & 23 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Connie Morey
Tuition: $275.00 (12 hrs) (materials included)

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Stop Motion Animation (PHOTw206-12)

This workshop will provide an introduction to both the technical and conceptual aspects of creating a video frame by frame. The workshop will begin with a presentation on various artists working with a variety of animated forms as well as a demonstration of various animating techniques and methods. The second half of the workshop will focus on hands-on experience creating stop-motion animated video. This workshop will emphasize do-it-yourself techniques and suggestions for how to work with whatever equipment you have access to. Participants will learn several approaches to animated techniques in an improvised and collaborative setting.
July 22 & 23 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Kerri Flannigan
Tuition: $200.00 (12 hrs)
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Drawing as Abstraction (DRWGw225-30)

This workshop will be best suited to those who have completed the Language of Drawing workshop recently or in previous summers, or for people with a broad range of drawing experience. The nature and content of this workshop will aim to extend previous knowledge and skills, encouraging personal and ambitious approaches to emerge. Much of the workshop will focus on different experimental and thematic approaches to making drawings, including haptic drawing and drawing from sound, memory and the imagination. As the title of the workshop suggests, there will be an emphasis on abstraction of the literal or representational through personal interpretation and translation of a range of subject matter, both visual and psychological. As in the previous workshop, there will be a continual reflection on both historical and contemporary references. Students will gain vital knowledge and insight in order to inform their ongoing drawing process.
Jul 24 - 28 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jack Southern
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
Material Fee: $50 (covers cost of all papers used throughout workshop)
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Oil Painting for Beginners (PNTGw165-30)

This oil painting workshop will cover basics such as choosing a palette, colour mixing, brush work, glazing and scumbling, as well as how to prepare supports and use various nontoxic mediums. Students will learn safe and odourless methods for thinning oil paint and cleaning brushes. This course is suitable to people without painting experience, as well as to acrylic painters who are interested in switching from acrylics to oil. Composition, form and spatial considerations in painting are also a fundamental part of this workshop.
Jul 24 - 28 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
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Still Life Painting (PNTGw212-12)

This two-day workshop uses flora as the subject matter to explore traditional and contemporary approaches to the still life genre. The workshop will begin by looking at historical references and themes that are commonly associated with flowers. Students will create two paintings over the two days: the first painting will be a traditional arrangement with flowers, the second will incite a new perspective of flora with pieced together and fragmented plant-life components. Acrylic or oil painters welcome. Some painting experience recommended.
July 29 & 30 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Breanna Fabbro
Tuition: $200.00 (12 hrs)
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Oil Painting Primer (PNTGw167-6)

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.
July 30 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $150.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Colour in Painting (PNTGw170-6)

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.
Aug 6 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $110.00 (6 hrs)
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Painting: Ideas through Process (PNTGw263-30)

This painting workshop will demonstrate how to brainstorm new ideas or develop the ideas you already have, and how to create a small series of paintings based on a specific theme. The instructor will provide guidance on composition, technical application of paint, and connecting the ideas with the method and process of painting. Workshop will be supplemented with examples of historical and contemporary painters though slide presentations. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 7 - 11 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
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Egg Tempera Painting (PNTGw124-12)

This two-day workshop will introduce traditional egg tempera techniques, including preparing panels, image development, colour mixing, paint preparation and techniques for egg tempera on both paper and panels. Students will develop techniques with traditional materials including rabbit skin gesso, use of dispersion pigments and working with egg yolks to create paints that will be utilized in small individual and collaborative works. This workshop is suitable for individuals with little or no painting background as well as those with painting experience who would like to explore a new medium.
Aug 12 & 13 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Connie Morey
Tuition: $275.00 (12 hrs) (materials included)
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Map as Art (DRWGw241-3)

Artists were responsible for drawing the first maps, and now in the 21st century, many artists are turning to maps as a source for their art practice. In this map workshop, you will explore the autobiographical potential of mapping, as well as exercises that involve tracings and developing a composition through layering of information. These activities will include working with drawing materials, watercolour paints and collage elements.
Aug 13 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $75.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Oil Painting: Composition & Process (PNTGw264-30)

This workshop is an ideal continuation for those who took Oil Painting for Beginners workshop. You will discover the value of planning evocative and successful compositions using sketching, overlaying techniques, paper collage and digital collage. You will learn to create a compositionally strong starting point before you begin to paint, and then let the painting process take over. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 14 - 18 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $345.00 (30 hrs)
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Painting: Monochrome and Collage (PNTGw145-12)

Two approaches have defined the search for new ways of presenting the modern painting in relation to image and object: the monochrome and the collage. In this informative, hands-on weekend, you will experiment with a variety of materials and ideas to develop new approaches to image content, layering, surface and form to gain a richer understanding of movements such as Dada, Constructivism and Minimalism. Instruction will include slide shows, demos, studio work and critical feedback. Acrylic paints are the medium of choice for this workshop. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 19 & 20 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $200.00 (12 hrs)
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