Abstract Collage Calligraphy Collage as Landscape Drawing Perspective: All You Need to Know Expressive Plant Drawing How to Pastel Image and Text Image Transfer Oil Painting Primer Painting with Gouache Poetry and Mixed Media Printmaking with Acrylics Sketchbook Nature Explorations Slow Art Watercolour Grids


winter workshops TUITION REGISTER

WINTER 2022 WORKSHOPS

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.

Your vaccine passport and ID will be checked prior to the start of the workshop.

Please note: Registrations for online workshops close at 4pm on the Friday before the workshop.

Collage as Landscape (MMEDw196-3)

This workshop will focus on inventive ways to use found collage papers and shapes from magazines to create several abstract landscape collages. The results will be finished works in themselves, and could also be used as imaginative source material for paintings. Approaches will rely on both spontaneous and deliberate ways of creating dynamic compositions.
Jan 22 Saturday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Classroom
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (materials included)

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Painting with Gouache (PNTGw112-6)

This workshop will introduce you to gouache (pronounced ‘gwash’), an opaque water-based paint valued for its beautifully saturated colour and velvety finish. While related to watercolour, gouache is unique because it is opaque. You can paint light colours over dark or work on tinted or dark papers. You will learn how to mix and blend paint and understand the basis of colour theory all while learning to paint basic forms. Workshop will also cover mark making with non-traditional painting tools such as dried flowers and sticks. This workshop will convince you that gouache is your new favourite painting medium. Papers will be supplied.
Jan 29 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Full - Waitlist
Kate Scoones
Tuition: $135.00 (most materials included)
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How to Pastel (DRWGw184-3)

This short online workshop will provide a great introduction to working with chalk (soft) pastels. Subjects will focus on the natural world (flowers and landscapes) and participants will learn line drawing, shading, scumbling and blending to get beautiful pastel effects with an end result that looks between a drawing and a painting.
Feb 5 Saturday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Online
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $60.00
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Oil Painting Primer (PNTGw167-3)

You will explore the enormous potential of oil paint in this 3-hour workshop. 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.
Feb 5 Saturday, 10am - 1pm Full - Waitlist
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $85.00 (materials included)

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Image and Text (MMEDw197-6)

Text is a powerful visual tool and has the capacity to function beyond its literal meaning. This workshop will introduce you to artists who use text in a variety of creative and evocative ways. You will be encouraged to think about text through the lens of mixed materials. The workshop will highlight the importance of the handwritten word in visualizing the tactile, tonal, and emotive qualities of language in an age where we are constantly engaging with the world of digitized words. Through hands-on drawing and painting exercises, you will explore text-based art as both a concept and visual structure. Studio projects emphasize a mixed material approach, allowing you to experiment with collage, charcoal, graphite, thread, watercolours, oil bars, pastels, and more!
Feb 12 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Classroom
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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Image Transfer (MMEDw160-3)

Image Transfer will introduce you to range of techniques to transfer your photographs onto a prepared hardboard surface and to incorporate them into your paintings, collage or mixed media artwork. You will discover how to blend, distress and create composite images by hand (as opposed to through a digital process). Artists, photographers and anyone curious about photo-based mixed media will find this workshop of interest.
Feb 26 Saturday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Online
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $60.00
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Poetry and Mixed Media (MMEDw198-3)

In this workshop, poems inspired by the natural world will be read to you while you work on your mixed media drawing. The words of poets such as Sylvia Legris, Liz Howard, Mary Oliver and many others will inspire you and shape the images in your drawing. You will use a variety of media including pencil crayon, India ink, chalk pastel and watercolour to create imaginary worlds invented by listening to poetry. Instructor will discuss a variety of ways to use these materials in a drawing.
Feb 26 Saturday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Classroom
Tamara Bond
Tuition: $85.00 (materials included)

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Abstract Collage (MMEDw175-6)

Have you ever wondered about how to make an abstract collage? Abstract collages can be used as a finished work in themselves, or as a starting point for a painting project. In this workshop, you will learn to create compelling collages using a variety of hand decorated papers, transfer techniques and overpainting with glazes. By day’s end, you will have expanded your knowledge on working with collage materials including how to use both wet and dry adhesion techniques. You will also have a have a stronger understanding of composition by focusing on overall design, colour, texture, balance and harmony.
Mar 12 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Classroom
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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Drawing Perspective: All You Need to Know (DRWGw171-3)

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.
Mar 12 Saturday, 10am - 1pm Online
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $60.00
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Sketchbook Nature Explorations (DRWGw185-3)

You will learn how to make a “concertina” sketchbook for your nature drawing experiments in this unique workshop. A concertina book is made by folding and cutting one sheet of paper, resulting in 26 pages or 13 pages per side. You will draw from a range of live and dried plant material. The emphasis in this workshop will be on mark making and the exploration of different tools and materials. Exercises include blind contour, gestural and observation drawing. You will be encouraged to write observational notes as you go. This will be supplemented with lateral thinking exercises to create abstracted forms and shapes from plant material. Experimentation with materials will also include watercolour, collage, wax resist, piercing and cutting. This workshop is suited to beginners as well as more advanced artists looking to try new ways to use nature as a subject matter for drawing.
Mar 19 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Classroom
Jill Ehlert
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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Printmaking with Acrylics (MMEDw182-3)

Printmaking with Acrylics will introduce you to a painterly printing technique known as monoprinting. Monoprints get their name because you make one individual print at a time; a method that offers a lot of opportunity for experimentation through process. You will also learn how to incorporate mixed media such as inks, pencil crayon and collage layering in your printed surfaces. You will be working in both additive (adding paint) and subtractive (removing paint) techniques. Golden’s "Open” acrylics allows for plenty of working time even though you are using a water based medium and the final images dry quickly and may be augmented with other acrylic paints.
Mar 26 Saturday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Online
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $60.00
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Slow Art (DRWGw186-3)

This workshop is intended as a brief introduction to techniques based in themes of slowness, silence, stillness, and meditative modes of creative practice. With the publication of texts like, “Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell” (Arden Reed, 2019), an increasing number of artists, critics, and curators are encouraging new ways to look at art involving heightened states of consciousness and immersive modes of attention to engage a deeper level of critical thinking. Drawing on these approaches, this workshop will consider slowness also in relation to artistic practice - slowness as a methodology for making. Studio exercises will emphasize a mixed material approach, allowing you to experiment with charcoal, ink, pastels, and more!
Mar 26 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Classroom
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (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 towards the making of large floral drawings. You will explore the possibilities of using a variety of drawing materials, watercolour, ink and tools found in nature to create lush and delicate florals on a grand scale. The tried and true drawing method developed for this workshop, will surprise you with unexpected and fascinating results.
Apr 2 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Classroom
Kate Scoones
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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Watercolour Grids (PNTGw103-3)

A great way to develop your watercolour technique is to focus on simple design structures such as a grid. This workshop is inspired by the many artists who have made paintings based on the grid, including Paul Klee, Gunter Stolzl, Agnes Martin, Peter Halley and Stanley Whitney to name a few. Working with both ruler-drawn and free-hand approaches, the grid will be used as a way to develop a composition and to work with colour.
Apr 2 Saturday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Online
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $60.00
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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.
Apr 23 Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm Classroom
Jenny Hainsworth
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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