Abstract Landscape & Collage Acrylic Painting: Tools & Techniques Calligraphy The Contemporary Botanical Creativity Bootcamp: Exploring Your Inner Artist Drawing as Extended Personal Practice Drawing From Architecture Drawing from Fabric Egg Tempura Painting: The Tree of Life Expressive Handwriting Expressive Plant Drawing Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint (July) Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint (August) Landscape Painting: Canadian Perspectives The Language of Drawing Making Art a Practice Map as Art Mixed Media & Collage Painting and Collage Painting and Text Painting Composition & Process Painting: Monochrome and Collage Painting the Everyday with Gouache Painting: The Flower as Art Painting Your Own Flower Arrangement Paper Cutting: The Art of Drawing with a Knife Pastels and Plants Plein Air Painting Still Life Painting


workshops TUITION REGISTER

SPRING/SUMMER 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.

All workshops are held at the Quadra Village Campus (950 Kings Rd) unless otherwise noted.

The Contemporary Botanical (DRWGw239-3)

The inspiration for this workshop comes from the fantastical and intricate botanical drawings from the 16th 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 to create a watercolour painting. Suitable for beginners.
May 26 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
Image Page

<< return to top

Calligraphy (DRWGw134)

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. Suitable for beginners.
Jun 16 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jenny Hainsworth
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
Image Page

<< return to top

Pastels and Plants (DRWGw177-3)

This afternoon workshop will introduce you to working with chalk pastels using plants as the subject matter. Using inspiration from the work of Jim Dine, you will discover how to use pastels through a process-based method of working. The drawing project will involve layering pastels, charcoal and conté crayon through wiping, rubbing, erasing and dusting powdered pigment on surface. You will create lively drawings of plants that will be both expressive and personal using a process-based method of working. Suitable for beginners.
Jun 23 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)

<< return to top

Drawing From Architecture (DRWGw245-12)

In this two-day workshop students will approach architecture and the construction of space as a source for drawing. From personal material and found images, participants will create finished drawings of idiosyncratic architectural spaces through engagement with practices fundamental to contemporary drawing such as research, collage, blind contour and tracing. Students will also be introduced and encouraged to engage with historical and contemporary artists such as Kevin Appel, Julie Mehretu, John Ruskin, Pieter de Hooch, Vermeer, DiChirico, and Matta-Clark through slide lectures and class discussion. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 6&7 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jessica Ziakin
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

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. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 6&7 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting Composition & Process (PNTGw270-30)

In this workshop, participants will build skills in composition and discover the value of planning evocative and effective compositions using sketching, overlaying techniques, paper collage and digital collage. The process begins with creating a compositionally strong starting point before beginning to paint, and then let the painting process take over. You will use a range of methods to explore the possibilities of composition as means to a successful painting. Students can work in acrylic or oil. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 8-12 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Expressive Handwriting (DRWGw172)

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. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 14 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Lorraine Douglas
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
Image Page

<< return to top

Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint (PRNTw126-6)

One of the joys of printmaking is that it involves a very process-based way of working with materials. The tools, terminology, and techniques can be intimidating if you do not have a background in printmaking so this workshop will provide an ideal introduction to give you everything you need to get started. You will experiment with inking squeegees, metal drawing tools, and learn how to use a printing press. In this one-day workshop you will gain a basic understanding of the differences been intaglio and relief printmaking techniques in hands-on, step-by-step printing exercises, which will introduce you to the essentials of drypoint. Once you have completed a workshop or course at VISA in printmaking, arrangements can be made for you to use the press for a small fee. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 14 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
Image Page

<< return to top

Creativity Bootcamp: Exploring Your Inner Artist (MMEDw173-30)

The workshop, taught by textile artist Natalie Grambow, will explore creativity through images, materials and idea development. Students will have the opportunity during these five days of immersion to delve into a journey of deepening and expanding their creative art practice, as well as accessing fresh ideas and inspiration. They will be guided through the elements and principles of design, such as composition, proportion, harmony, contrast, unity, incorporating space, line, shape, texture, pattern and many more elements. These will provide a creative structure for the development of their process and work. Students will learn to visually narrate stories incorporating personal references and applying design principles. Approaches such as image deconstruction, colour relationships, mono-printing, writing, and drawing will be used as ways to develop content and composition. Opening one's heart and mind to new ways of exploring dynamic ideas and insight might reveal a new creative flow and remove "creative blocks". Everyone will leave the workshop with a creative journal (which will provide a valuable source for future ideas and project development) and a whole toolbox of creative tools and strategies that will continue to harness and motivate inspiration and artistic instincts. Material fee: $50 (for specialized materials provided by instructor. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 15-19 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Natalie Grambow
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) Material Fee: $50 (for specialized materials provided by instructor)
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting the Everyday with Gouache (PNTGw241-30)

This workshop is inspired by the artist, illustrator and writer Maira Kalman (hyperlink to her webpage: http://www.mairakalman.com/). The focus is on using objects that are part of everyday life, personal experiences, as well as using popular culture and current events as subject matter. Composition, working with text, and ideas surrounding meaning and content will be addressed with each project. Working with mixed media such as pastel, ink and collage is also a part of this course. Workshop will include presentations of other artists working with ‘the everyday’ as source. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 15-19 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) Material Fee: $35 for high quality watercolour papers
Supply List
Image Page

<< return to top

Expressive Plant Drawing (DRWGw168-3)

In this afternoon workshop, artist and floral designer, Jillian Player will bring in one of her fantastical floral displays as subject matter for an afternoon of drawing. Students will begin with studies using blind contour and gesture and then move on to more developed and layered process-focussed drawings. The floral arrangement will be used as a point of departure for expressive and personal drawings. Drawing materials used include pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolours. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 21 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Jillian Player
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
Image Page

<< return to top

Map as Art (DRWGw241-6)

'Mapping' in contemporary art refers to geography and might incorporate the use of actual maps, but mapping has also taken on more nuanced images and forms as artists map physical and digital environments, the movements of the body or an art object in space, and broader ideas such as psychogeographies and histories. In this one-day workshop you will discover a range of contemporary artistic practices engaging with notions of mapping and explore through hands-on drawing exercises mapping as a concept and visual structure. Projects will emphasize a mixed material approach allowing you to experiment with collage and a range of materials such as charcoal, graphite, thread, watercolors, wax, oil bars and pastels. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 21 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

<< return to top

Landscape Painting: Canadian Perspectives (PNTGw271-30)

Landscape has played a prominent role in Canadian painting, from early work that fostered a sense of national identity to contemporary responses that explore our personal and cultural connections to the land. Through slide lectures and painting projects, this workshop explores how current painters in Canada are engaging in dialogues with “pioneers” of the landscape tradition and how they are re-imagining, in exciting and sometimes subversive ways, our relationships with the land, the wilderness, and nature. Participants will work from their own sketches and reference photos to make several paintings that engage with these historical traditions and contemporary dialogues. Artists discussed include Kim Dorland, Wanda Koop, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Peter Doig, Landon MacKenzie, Monica Tap, Gordon Smith and others. Students can work in acrylic or oil. Intermediate or advanced level.
Jul 22-26 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting: The Flower as Art (PNTGw231-30)

In this weeklong workshop you will learn many ways to approach "the flower" as subject matter using drawing, painting and collage. Both historical (botanical drawings and 16th Century Dutch floral paintings) and contemporary ideas will be examined. You will work from observation, memory and your imagination. Work will include both representational and abstract approaches. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 22-26 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) Material Fee: $35 for high quality drawing and watercolour papers.
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting: Monochrome and Collage (PNTGw145)

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. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 27&28 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
Supply List
Image Page

<< return to top

Drawing from Fabric (DRWGw246-30)

The rendering of draperies and fine textiles is one of the oldest preoccupations of Western art. From Phidias to Pfaff, artists have used fabrics to show their virtuosity, indicate status, and make social comment. Participants in this weeklong workshop will create a “sampler" of techniques for drawing from fabric, including conceptual, contemporary, and classical approaches. Further study of textiles in the visual arts will be aided by slide lectures touching on the work of artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Anne Ryan, Laura Owens, Velasquez, Klimt, Fontana and Faigh Ahmad. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 29-Aug 2 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jessica Ziakin
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Egg Tempera Painting: The Tree of Life (PNTGw273-30)

The Tree of Life may be one of the most loved and universal symbols. A tree of life is a common motif in various theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. The concept of the Tree of Life suggests the interconnection of everything on our planet. In this project-based workshop, you will paint the Tree of Life, using egg tempera paints. Egg tempera is an ancient, but little known, painting medium. Egg tempera paint is made of pure pigments (dry coloring powders) mixed in egg emulsion (egg yolk mixed with water). It is an inexpensive, eco-friendly and versatile painting medium. You will discover the basic secrets of egg tempera painting and will receive personal instruction and demonstration for each stage of painting (mixing egg yolk emulsion, the “puddle” and brushstroke techniques, transparent layering, detailing). You will finish the workshop with a complete painting of The Tree of Life, inspired by illuminated manuscripts and oriental ornaments. Suitable for beginners.
Jul 29-Aug 2 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Alina Smolyansky
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) Material Fee: $75 (this includes all tools and materials used in workshop).

<< return to top

Paper Cutting: The Art of Drawing with a Knife (MMEDw172-6)

Paper cutting has been around since the 6th century and has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles. From its earliest known origins in China through to modern day applications such as stencilling and street art, the use of hand-cut stencils has received international attention in recent years due to its intricacy, beauty and versatility. In this one-day workshop you will learn how to create beautiful paper cut artworks. Instructor Jessica Kuyper will guide you through the fundamentals and techniques to make your own unique paper cuts using source materials provided (you are welcome to bring your own drawings or photocopies along to work with). You will leave the workshop with many ideas of how to incorporate paper cutting into contemporary drawing, painting and collage projects, or as its own work of art. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 4 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jessica Kuyper
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

<< return to top

The Language of Drawing (DRWGw244)

This workshop is taught by UK artist and writer Jack Southern, who is renowned for his fantastic drawing textbook Drawing Projects (include hyperlink: http://www.amazon.ca/Drawing-Projects-Exploration- Language/dp/1907317252/vancouveris0a-20). 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. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 5-9 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jack Southern
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) Material Fee: $35 (all drawing paper is provided in this workshop)
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting and Collage (PNTGw248-30)

This weeklong workshop covers the many ways that collage can be used in painting, from making idea sketches for composition, to creating dynamic layered surfaces with visual complexity. You will make your own collage papers with paint as well as from used found surfaces and photographic images. The workshops will feature hands-on work, demos, one-on-one instruction and critique, as well as slide shows to provide examples. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 5-9 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Abstract Landscape & Collage (PNTGw269-12)

This workshop focuses on innovative ways of producing and incorporating hand-decorated papers and found collage materials into an abstract landscape painting. Use of specialty papers, acrylic paint skin transfers, collage modules (preassembled "collaged groupings"), image transfer and subtractive painting techniques will all be explored. Subtractive or negative painting techniques help to define form and strengthen composition by selectively removing or painting over part of the background. This workshop will also include a presentation of contemporary collage landscape work and hands-on demonstrations. Generating ideas from combining these techniques will help students to deepen their understanding of the collage process and application. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 10&11 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Acrylic Painting: Tools & Techniques (PNTGw268-12)

Acrylic Paint is an incredibly versatile medium with a wide variety of applications. This workshop is for those who wish to develop or improve their understanding of acrylic techniques whether in representational or more expressive style. After discussing a variety of materials and their many uses, you will progress to painting exercises leading to your own paintings. Examples of the instructor's art and the work of other painters will be discussed. This is a hands-on, technique driven exploration of the painting process by a teacher who can explain and demonstrate tight, controlled rendering as well as a broader, more painterly approach. All subject matter is encouraged but painters interested in the landscape genre will find this workshop particularly invaluable. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 10&11 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Rick Cepella
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Drawing as Extended Personal Practice (DRWGw247-30)

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. “Drawing as Extended Personal Practice” will aim to challenge and extend your previous knowledge, skills and understanding and help you to develop individual and ambitious approaches to your work. After initially focusing on a range of different experimental and thematic drawing approaches, you be supported and encouraged to develop a sustained body of personal work over a number of days, in response to the initial theme of “A Sense of Place’” Whether your work develops through representation or abstraction, the theme will encourage exploration of physicality and tactility, memory and psychology, or indeed any number of other possibilities. This workshop will help you to realize the full potential of your drawing practice through giving you the right guidance, knowledge and support to develop an in-depth and advanced understanding of the relationship between your subject matter, and the drawing materials and approaches you choose to convey it. As in the Language of Drawing workshop, there will be a continual reflection on both historical and contemporary references.
Aug 12-16 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jack Southern
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) Material Fee: $35 (all drawing paper is provided in this workshop)
Supply List

<< return to top

Making Art a Practice (FNDTw205-30)

This weeklong workshop is based on the book by Cat Bennett of the same name: Making Art a Practice: How to Be the Artist You Are (use hyperlink: https://www.amazon.ca/Making-Art-Practice-How-Artist/dp/1844096076/ vancouveris0a-20). This workshop will introduce you to a range of simple, yet fulfilling drawing and painting prompts to get you excited about making art. The focus is on process and discovery and allowing yourself to make art even if you think you are not good at it. One of the things that sometimes stops people from making art, is that they aren't sure what exactly they should be making. During the five days of the workshop you will be making several new projects each day; these projects will be a jumpstart to making art a daily practice in your life. Projects will include drawing, painting, mixed media and collage. The most important thing that you will discover from this workshop is that art is its own reward and you will gain the motivation to make art a part of your daily life. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 12-16 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint (PRNTw126-6)

One of the joys of printmaking is that it involves a very process-based way of working with materials. The tools, terminology, and techniques can be intimidating if you do not have a background in printmaking so this workshop will provide an ideal introduction to give you everything you need to get started. You will experiment with inking squeegees, metal drawing tools, and learn how to use a printing press. In this one-day workshop you will gain a basic understanding of the differences been intaglio and relief printmaking techniques in hands-on, step-by-step printing exercises, which will introduce you to the essentials of drypoint. Once you have completed a workshop or course at VISA in printmaking, arrangements can be made for you to use the press for a small fee. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 18 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
Image Page

<< return to top

Painting Your Own Flower Arrangement (PNTGw265-6)

This unique workshop will introduce you to the art of flower arranging (floral design) and provide you with ideas on how to approach painting your floral creation. The first part of the day will be focused on making a floral arrangement by learning the classical “Dutch Master” design. You will learn professional tricks and rules of floral design and complete an arrangement that you can take home at the end of the day. You will paint your floral arrangement in the second half of the workshop using an expressive personal approach, with your design as an inspiration, or starting point. Participants will be encouraged to interpret what they see as opposed to painting exactly what is in front of them. All flowers and vessels will be provided. The flowers will be a seasonal mix. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 18 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jillian Player
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) Material Fee: $40 (for flowers and vessel).
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting and Text (PNTGw267-30)

This workshop focuses on creating work that uses written text as the basis for narrative series. Students will be asked to bring texts that interest them as the basis for visual work (examples: poetry, memoir, historical record, fiction or myth). Over the course of the workshop, we will examine strategies related to visual arts media including painting, drawing and collage. Text may be incorporated into the work itself or just used as a point of departure. The workshop will feature hands-on work, demos, one-on-one instruction, and critique, as well as slide shows providing examples. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 19-23 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top

Painting: Plein Air (PNTGw233-30)

Plein air 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. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 19-23 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Jeremy Herndl
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List
Image Page

<< return to top

Mixed Media & Collage (MMEDw208-30)

This Mixed Media & Collage Workshop will assist and energize those who are just discovering the medium of collage, as well as those who would like to add to their knowledge and skills. We will cover different approaches to collage using found materials and photographs. Topics will include: uses of colour, unique paper surfaces, surface treatments, incorporation of drywall compound and plaster substrates, working with photographs, image transfer techniques and working with found objects and ephemera. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 26-30 Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
Supply List

<< return to top