Acrylics: Applications and Process Drawing as Extended Personal Practice Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint Making Art a Practice Painting and Text Painting Your Own Flower Arrangement


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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.

Acrylics: Applications and Process (PNTG w174-12)

This workshop will focus on providing a thorough introduction to applying and handling acrylic paints, including using brushes and knife-work techniques, glazing, thickeners and additive. Also covered will be transfer and appliqué-based approaches to this highly versatile medium. Participants will progress through a series of approaches, and work to develop small, landscape-based compositions that incorporate a variety of applications and processes. Examples in the form of hands-on demonstrations and images presentations are provided. A great primer for those new to painting, this workshop also makes a nice refresher to those looking to expand their understanding of the possibilities of acrylics. Suitable for beginners.
Aug 10&11 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
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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)
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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. 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)
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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)
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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: $125.00 (6 hrs) Material Fee: $40 (for flowers and vessel).
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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)
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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 - Cancelled
Jeremy Herndl
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
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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 - Cancelled
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs)
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