Artist Trading Cards Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity Draw like a Surrealist Drawing: Linear Perspective Experimental Tunisian Crochet The Flower: Design and Pattern with Watercolour Gouache: Everyday Nature Introductory Printmaking: Drypoint Map as Art Monoprinting with Acrylics Painting: Eleven Ways to Generate Ideas Painting: Invented Landscapes with a Limited Palette Painting: Working with Complementary Colours Pastel Drawing: Abstract Knots Pastels and Plants Watercolour: Rectangles as Composition Weaving as Painting Working with Oil Paint


workshops TUITION REGISTER

FALL WORKSHOPS

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

Unless noted, all workshops are suitable for beginners.

Please note the different workshop delivery methods:

Note: Should the BC Ministry of Health Covid-19 protocols change, it is possible that all workshop offerings will be online.

All workshops with classroom delivery have materials included and are held at the Quadra Village Campus (950 Kings Rd).

The Flower: Design and Pattern with Watercolour (PNTGw179-2)

This workshop commences by creating a collage using images from a fashion magazine to make a fantastical flower form. You will draw and paint this flower on a 1/4 sheet of watercolour paper and design a background using geometric shapes. This project, inspired by artist Robert Kushner, is best suited to watercolour or gouache. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 4 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Working with Oil Paint (PNTGw148-2)

The material qualities of oil paint, brush cleaning and maintenance essentials will be covered in this workshop. The focus will be on using different approaches to create a full range of values, from black to white. Key concepts taught include: transparency, opaque, and "wet-in-wet." This two-hour workshop will provide a great introduction for anybody who is curious about using oil paint and wants to learn Neil's minimally toxic method of cleaning and working with the paint. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 4 Sunday, 10am - 12pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Draw like a Surrealist (MMEDw189-2)

If you like the idea of incorporating intriguing textures and graphic imagery into your art then this short workshop is for you. We will be working with several drawing techniques such as frottage, entopic graphomania and automatic drawing used by Surrealist artists such as Max Ernst, Andre Masson and Gherasim Luca. These Surrealist methods push beyond the rational to the imaginary and fantastical. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 18 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Drawing: Linear Perspective (DRWGw179-2)

This introductory workshop will show you what you need to know to get started with linear perspective, how it works and ways to use it in your art practice. Key concepts covered: simple one- and two-point perspective. Project will include drawing an imagined space following the learned rules and applying a few simple concepts for drawing indoor or outdoor architectural spaces. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 18 Sunday, 10am - 12pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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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.
Oct 18 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Everett Wong
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Gouache: Everyday Nature (PNTGw149-2)

This workshop introduces you to gouache through an intriguing project where you will use natural objects that you find around your house, yard or street and then paint them on black paper. Painting on the black paper allows you to discover gouache at its most velvety and vibrant as a paint media. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 25 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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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.
Oct 25 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Painting: Working with Complementary Colours (PNTGw175-2)

Understanding complementary colours is useful for creating intensity of colour in your paintings. Key concepts taught include: using complementary colours to creating dynamic contrasts and to "grey down" colours that are unnatural or too strong. Some painting experience recommended.
Nov 1 Sunday, 10am - 12pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Watercolour: Rectangles as Composition (PNTGw176-2)

Learn the basics of watercolour by a creating an organic grid, rectangle by rectangle. The focus will be on working with paint, glazing, edges and brushwork. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 1 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Monoprinting with Acrylics (MMEDw190-2)

This is a great workshop to generate source material for collage and mixed media painting as well to complete finished monoprints. We will be covering both additive (adding paint) and subtractive (removing paint) approaches to monoprinting. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 8 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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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. 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. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 15 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Classroom Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Painting: Invented Landscapes with a Limited Palette (PNTGw177-2)

In this workshop you will create a quick series of small landscape paintings limiting your palette to three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel (triadic colour scheme). Key concepts taught include: using a limited palette and colour mixing to create different moods or atmospheres. Some painting experience recommended.
Nov 15 Sunday, 10am - 12pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Artist Trading Cards (MMEDw191-2)

Discover the delights of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) in this short workshop. Artist trading cards are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized "swap" events, either in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5" x 3.5". We will be covering topics such as suitable source materials, collage, stamping and drawing approaches to produce a number of ATCs that can be traded or saved for incorporation into larger works. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 22 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $45.00 (2 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.
Nov 22 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)
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Experimental Tunisian Crochet (MMEDw192-6)

In this day-long workshop, students will be introduced to the basics of Tunisian crochet using large gauge Tunisian hooks and chunky yarn. Students will learn how to chain stitch for foundation, progress to plain stitch, and then knit stitch and finally cast off. Students will create swatches with a mixed media and mixed fibre approach, where items can be inlayed in the process of crocheting. Students are encouraged to bring in their own yarn and fabric scraps. Hooks will be provided. Some basic crocheting knowledge is advised, but not necessary.
Nov 29 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Everett Wong
Tuition: $175.00 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Painting: Eleven Ways to Generate Ideas (PNTGw178-2)

Not sure what to paint next? This workshop discusses eleven ways to come up with ideas for paintings. Exercises will include drawing and writing exercises, online search strategies, collage, and collaborating with your fellow participants. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 29 Sunday, 10am - 12pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Pastel Drawing: Abstract Knots (DRWGw180-2)

Using some simple designs based on an "organized scribble" such as found in Celtic knot patterns or knot theory, you will learn some great ways to start an abstract drawing. The projects emphasize combining the spontaneous with the deliberate, the simple with the complex. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 29 Sunday, 2pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $45.00 (2 hrs)
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Pastels and Plants (DRWGw177-3)

This afternoon workshop will provide an introduction to chalk pastels with 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. Drawing projects will include 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.
Dec 6 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Classroom Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)

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