Abstract Drawing Calligraphy Collage: From Idea to Image The Contemporary Botanical Creating a Surrealist Journal Drawing Perspective: All You Need to Know Experimental Handwriting Expressive Plant Drawing Geology as Art Gouache Painting: Finding the Fantastical Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint Oil Painting Primer Painting Your Own Flower Arrangement Watercolour Play Weaving as Painting


workshops TUITION REGISTER

FALL 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)

Watercolour Play (PNTGw157-3)

Are you curious about watercolour but aren’t sure where to begin? This afternoon workshop will introduce you to watercolour painting through a series of 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. Suitable for beginners.
Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Collage: From Idea to Image (MMEDw187-6)

In this one-day workshop you will discover new ways to create collage while learning important foundation principles of colour and composition. Collage is a versatile and creative process that results in pieces that are both unique and surprising. It continues to be a valued technique used by artists to create images for their own sake or as inspirations for other drawings and paintings. Suitable for beginners.
Feb 2, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm - Cancelled
Kate Scoones
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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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. Suitable for beginners.
Feb 2, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Creating a Surrealist Journal (MMEDw188-6)

This workshop will use techniques and ideas inspired by Surrealist games and methods of art making. The Surrealist artists were interested in accessing their inner self or their subconscious to realize new ways of expressing ideas that were both personal and political. You will explore various methods used by the Surrealists such as automatic drawing, photomontage, collage and decalcomania (a blotting process whereby paint is squeezed between two surfaces to create a mirror image.). You will create an accordion fold journal to record all the explorations and discoveries of the day. Suitable for beginners.
Feb 9, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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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 an imaginative watercolour painting. Suitable for beginners.
Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Weaving as Painting (MMEDw185-6)

In this workshop you will learn how to make large tapestry weavings using ordinary cardboard. Participants will make looms using cardboard with slits and use a wide range of ordinary and unusual materials such as wool yarn, raffia iridescent yarns, fabric scraps and assorted ribbons and fabric trims. Techniques will begin with setting up the warp of the cardboard loom, doing basic weaving with a tapestry needle, rya knotting to create fringe and texture, and the overhand knot to finish the piece off of the loom. These various materials will be used to create a “painting” with fibre. Most materials are included but participants are welcome to bring items from their own personal stash. Suitable for beginners.
Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Everett Wong
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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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. Suitable for beginners.
Mar 8, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jenny Hainsworth
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Drawing Perspective: All You Need to Know (DRWGw171-6)

Devised in the Italian Renaissance, linear perspective is a system of creating the illusion of depth in drawing and painting. Knowing and applying a few simple rules will help you to create convincing interior and exterior spaces. In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to use one and two-point perspective to draw remembered rooms, invented spaces, and to work from life and from photographs. Suitable for beginners.
Mar 8, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Experimental Handwriting (DRWGw178-3)

This workshop will explore different ways you can generate your own forms of experimental handwriting through a series of exercises with mark making, obliteration and the fine art of gestural scribbling. Artists and calligraphers are now exploring ideas around asemic writing – writing without semantic content - but a form which produces powerful visual images. Your new forms of expression could find their home in your paintings and drawings as well as standing on their own as complete works of art. The processes of asemic writing can free you to be playful in making marks and help you discover the joy of creating with simple and unusual tools and materials. Bring eight to ten words – from a poem or prose piece – and these will form the basis for some of the writing. Suitable for beginners.
Mar 15, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Lorraine Douglas
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)

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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, collage and dirt. Suitable for beginners.
Mar 15, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Expressive Plant Drawing (DRWGw168-6)

Local plants and flowers are ideal subject matter for this one-day workshop that will guide you to create large floral drawings. Explore the possibilities of combining a variety of mediums to create lush and delicate florals on a grand scale. This tried and tested process will have you marvelling at the unexpected results. Suitable for beginners.
Mar 22, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Kate Scoones
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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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.
Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Gouache Painting: Finding the Fantastical (MMEDw219-12)

This two-day workshop will guide you through discovering the magical qualities of gouache (an opaque water-based paint) while focusing on subjects that are out of this world, such as invented plants and animals and imagined places. Participants will use collage methods to combine imagery into something unique and unexpected. Collages will be used as source material for paintings. Some painting experience required.
Apr 4 & 5, 2020 Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Kate Scoones
Tuition: $225.00 (12 hrs)
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Abstract Drawing (DRWGw166-3)

The very first drawings we ever do as children start off as abstract mark-making or scribbles. This workshop focuses on using lines and marks to make abstract compositions that are as fresh and lively as those first scribbles of a child. The afternoon will consist of three different drawing projects that involve developing scribbles into a drawing; using a geometric design as structure and working with the process of ink washes to create an expressive abstract surface. Suitable for beginners.
Apr 19, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 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 experience recommended.
Apr 19, 2020 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jillian Player
Tuition: $125.00 (6 hrs) Material Fee: $40 (for flowers and vessel).
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