Calligraphy Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity The Contemporary Botanical Cyanotype Printing Drawing: Nature Inside & Outside Drawing with Lines Drawing with Nature Expressive Plant Drawing History Painting iPhone/iPad Artography Making Art a Practice Murals and Street Art Oil Painting: Composition & Process Painting and Collage Painting and Text Painting on Drawing Painting on Film Painting: Plein Air Workshop Painting: The Flower as Art Painting with Acrylic Skins Painting Your Own Flower Arrangement Paper Plate Lithography Storytelling with Video Watercolour Play


workshops TUITION REGISTER

SPRING/SUMMER 2018 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.

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Drawing with Lines (DRWG w203-12)

This workshop explores line, a key element of drawing, through experimental approaches that will expand individual drawing practices. During this two-day workshop, you will investigate line through playful exercises and drawings that begin with linear three-dimensional materials (wire, string, willow branches) to use as a base for two-dimensional drawings. By experiencing the materiality of line through three-dimensional form and close observation, you will develop skills that will reveal the potential of line's variance, attenuation, light, direction, speed, and expressive communicative potential. No previous art experience required.
May 26 & 27 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm - Cancelled
Connie Morey
Tuition: $225 (12 hrs)
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Cyanotype Printing (PHOT w107-12)

Learn how to create handmade and photographic negatives to print wonderful cyan coloured prints which can be hand coloured or painted to add further depth and visual appeal to this 150 year-old process. Turn your photographs into a one-of-a-kind original that may enhanced with a variety of mixed media techniques. Artists, photographers and anyone interested in photo-based mixed media, or art journaling will find this workshop of interest. No previous art experience required.
Jun 2 & 3 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $275 (12 hrs) (materials included)
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Watercolour Play (PNTG w157-3)

Are you curious about watercolour but aren’t sure where to begin? This afternoon workshop will introduce you to watercolour through some 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. No previous art experience required.
Jun 3 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Expressive Plant Drawing (DRWG w168-12)

Do you find inspiration when you look at flowers and plants? Nature as subject matter is timeless and readily available; it sharpens your observational skills and hones your drawing skills. Simple drawing tools and watercolour are the mediums that will be used to explore the many approaches to drawing plants. You will also investigate mark-making and composition using the plants themselves as drawing tools. Emphasis in this workshop is on experimentation with materials and developing dynamic compositions. No previous art experience required.
Jun 16 & 17 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Kate Scoones
Tuition: $275 (12 hrs) (materials included)
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Collage: Expressing your Innate Creativity (MMED w130-3)

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, not some vague day in the future that never comes. 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. No previous art experience required.
Jun 17 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Murals and Street Art (PNTG w171-18)

This three session workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of mural painting, a traditional art form that has experienced a renaissance over the last several decades with the rise of street art and graffiti. Students will learn to use a range of tools such as spray paint, stencils, rollers, tape, and painting with brushes to achieve many different effects. The workshop will also cover how various artists (both historical and contemporary) have navigated architecture, public space, scale, and other unique aspects of painting on walls. Participants will use the back walls of the Vancouver Island School of Art to make completed murals. This workshop takes place over three consecutive Saturdays. No previous art experience required.
Jun 23, 30 & Jul 7 Saturdays, 10am - 5pm Cancelled
A One-day mural workshop will be offered on June 23. By-donation. Contact Kay Gallivan for more information.

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The Contemporary Botanical (DRWG w239-3)

The inspiration for this workshop comes from the fantastical and intricate botanical drawings from the Renaissance 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. No previous art experience required.
Jul 8 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85 (3 hrs) (materials included)
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Painting and Collage (PNTG w248-30)

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 their own collage papers from paint as well as 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 providing examples. Some painting experience recommended.
Jul 9 - 13 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Painting on Drawing (DRWG w204-30)

This weeklong workshop will use drawing on paper as a starting point and then working with paint to isolate the main subject, theme or idea. The resulting work will include both the early drawing decisions and the painting elements. The focus is on the working with the process of drawing and painting to create a finished work. Each day begins with a new project and ends with a class discussion of that project. The class will be encouraged to develop a contemporary approach to materials and ideas. No previous art experience required.
Jul 9 - 13 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Barrie Szekely
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Painting on Film (MMED w183-12)

You will learn the techniques of camera-less animation by painting and drawing directly on clear film as well as already exposed film stock in this workshop. Saturday morning: examples of drawn on film animation will be shown and students will learn specific methods for painting, scratching and modifying already exposed images on film. Saturday afternoon: You will be given 2 minutes of clear film, and several minutes of already exposed film that they can scratch, paint on and otherwise transform, using techniques learned. Over the weekend students will work on several minutes of painted film; and at the end of the Sunday afternoon their film will then be transferred to video and sound added. No previous art experience required.
Jul 14 & 15 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Peter Sandmark
Tuition: $225 (12 hrs) Material Fee: $25, includes a roll of clear film, already exposed film, brushes, paints, and other tools

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Drawing with Nature (DRWG w205-30)

In this workshop, you will draw "with" nature by exploring the gestures, materials and subjects of nature. Each day a different subject and material from nature will be used to explore mark making through gestural drawing exercises and close observation on subjects observed and/or collected from nature. You will use drawing materials originating from the earth (graphite, charcoal, walnut ink, black tea), and spend time expanding creative mark making techniques, developing observational skills, work with line, value and composition. Projects will be done both inside and outside in nature as a way of expanding perspectives on drawing from the natural world. No previous art experience required.
Jul 23 - 27 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Connie Morey
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Making Art a Practice (FNDT w205-30)

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. Once you experience this, you will want to make art all the time. No previous art experience required.
Jul 23 - 27 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Calligraphy (DRWG w134-12)

This two-day workshop will help you get started on this versatile and expressive art form, as well as provide an excellent foundation for artists who want to incorporate lettering into their imagery or improve their lettering skill. On the first day of workshop, you will be introduced to the terminology, materials and tools of calligraphy. The Roman capital hand will be the starting point for learning about letter construction. On day two, you will continue to work on the Roman hand, learn more about spacing and page layout, and explore different ways of planning a calligraphy project. The italic hand -- the historic hand which evolved from Roman capitals and which forms the basis of typography to this day, will also be introduced in the second part of the workshop. The goal of this workshop is provide you with the tools and knowledge to continue to learn on your own. No previous art experience required.
Jul 28 & 29 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Jenny Hainsworth Auld
Tuition: $275 (12 hrs) (materials included)

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Drawing: Nature Inside & Outside (DRWG w211-30)

This workshop will focus on elements in the natural world including both indoor studio work, as well as drawing on location (outdoors). Drawings will in close-up consideration of natural forms as well as combining several elements in one drawing. Methods of drawings covered range from quick studies to more developed compositional arrangements. Each day begins with a new project and ends with a class discussion of that project. You will record and research nature off-site (outdoors weather permitting) and then build drawings in the studio from your source material. The class will be encouraged to develop a contemporary approach to materials and ideas. No previous art experience required.
Jul 30 - Aug 3 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Barrie Szekely
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Oil Painting: Composition & Process (PNTG w264-30)

This workshop is an ideal continuation for those who took Oil Painting for Beginners workshop. You will discover the value of planning evocative and successful compositions using sketching, overlaying techniques, paper collage and digital collage. You will learn to create a compositionally strong starting point before you begin to paint, and then let the painting process take over. Some painting experience recommended.
Jul 30 - Aug 3 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Painting Your Own Flower Arrangement (PNTG w265-6)

This exciting new 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. Instructor will assist you to develop a classic still life composition or you can stretch your imagination and create a composition of your choice using your design as inspiration. All flowers and vessel will be provided. The flowers will be a seasonal mix. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 5 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Jillian Player
Tuition: $125 (6 hrs) Material Fee: $40
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Painting: The Flower as Art (PNTG w231-30)

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. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 6 - 10 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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iPhone/iPad Artography (PHOT w121-12)

You will learn to create interesting art on your iPhone/iPad from your photographs in this workshop. You will combine or stack specific apps and layering images with handmade textures as well as learn effects such as digital paint treatments, grunge, distressed images or experimental abstracts. You will engage in an organic discovery process through simple apps and the ability to intuitively remix fine art, photography, illustration and computer graphics all with a device that fits in the palm of your hand. No experience required just a familiarity with your mobile device and having an iTunes account setup to download the required apps. Participants must bring their iPhone (5-10) and/or an iPad, and have an iTunes account set up so they can download the required apps from iTunes before coming to the 1st class. Instructions on which apps to download will be sent out before the workshop. No previous experience required.
Aug 11 & 12 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $225 (12 hrs) (no supplies other than what is indicated in description)

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History Painting (PNTG w266-30)

This workshop combines slide lectures with painting projects related to History Painting. History Painting was once the highest “genre” of painting, celebrating a heroic or mythical past. Now painting history is a way of engaging with both past and present, the political and the personal—commenting on the world as well as calling into question or subverting ways of representing and seeing the world. This class is ideal for painters with some experience or advanced painters looking for ways to generate meaningful and engaging ideas in their painting practice.
Aug 13 - 17 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Painting: Plein Air (PNTG w233-30)

Landscape is in perpetual flux as light, season and weather continue to change over time. Plein air painting, 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 13 - 17 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
Jeremy Herndl
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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Painting with Acrylic Skins (PNTG w102-12)

In this two-day workshop you will learn how to make paint skins and incorporate them into your acrylic paintings. Paint skins are made by layering acrylic paints on a non-porous surface and then peeling them off for use in a painting. They can be added to paintings to increase the dimensionality which adds interest and complexity. You will work towards making two paintings over the weekend: one based on a geometric abstract grid and the other on a landscape. In addition, you will learn to use light and dark value contrasts to create a dynamic and vibrant composition. You can bring a few landscape photos for reference or use your imagination to develop your own forms. Some acrylic painting experience recommended.
Aug 18 & 19 Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
Anna Curtin
Tuition: $225 (12 hrs)
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Paper Plate Lithography (PRNT w122-6)

Paper Plate Lithography uses standard black-and-white photocopies as a printing plate. By creating an oil-based lithographic surface, students can reproduce and make prints of drawings or photographic images onto printmaking paper. Great for use in card making, art journaling, collage and as a base for encaustics. Printing can be done either by press or by hand burnishing. All materials provided except students need to supply their own visual resource materials and bring a notebook/sketchbook and pen. No previous art experience required.
Aug 19 Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $175 (6 hrs) (materials included)

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Storytelling with Video (PHOT w221-12)

This workshop will look at shared and personal experiences of place through narrative-based video. Focusing on our lived experiences, we will consider many different of ways of navigating and negotiating being in space, and what things we are attentive to in our environments, both individually and collectively. Storytelling prompts given in this workshop will explore the ways in which we move through space; for example, is there a place (your street/childhood home/the forest/the mall/the bathroom etc.) where you experience or move through space differently? What stands out for you about this location? Why? This workshop will cover different ways of working with video as a medium, including shooting with a camera and stop-motion animation and will provide introductions and demonstrations on both the technical and conceptual aspects of creating video. Participants will learn several approaches to video in an improvised and collaborative setting. New, beginner and experienced video-makers welcome. Equipment necessary for course: DLSR camera with video (preferable) or a video camera and laptop (iPhone can be used if you do not have a DLSR camera or video camera) No previous experience required.
Aug 19 & 26 Sundays, 10am - 5pm
Kerri Flannigan
Tuition: $225 (12 hrs) No supplies other than what is listed in description.

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Painting and Text (PNTG w267-30)

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. Some painting experience recommended.
Aug 20 - 24 Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm
John Luna
Tuition: $395 (30 hrs)
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