Blackwork Embroidery Draw like a Surrealist Drawing Perspective: All You Need to Know Embroidery on Photographs Experimental Handwriting Experimental Large Scale Knitting How to Alter Photographs How to Collage How to Draw: Abstract Architecture How to Draw: Ink Flowers How to Mix Media How to Pastel: Flowers Map as Art Oil Painting Primer Painting: Invented Landscapes with a Limited Palette Watercolour Play Weaving as Painting


winter workshops TUITION REGISTER

FALL 2021 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.

In accordance with the Provincial Health Officer and the Government of BC, a vaccine passport will be required to participate in the Vancouver Island School of Art’s in-person Sunday workshops. One dose is required for workshops up to and including October 24, after which all workshop participants must be fully vaccinated. Please bring your vaccine passport with you to the workshop.

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

Experimental Handwriting (DRWGw178-3)

This workshop shows how to generate your own forms of writing through experimentation. You will use mark making, obliteration and the fine art of gestural scribbling to create textures and the appearance of text – but a text which is abstract. Abstract forms of writing like Asemic writing can be used as an element in paintings and drawings as well as stand on their own as complete works of art. These processes can free you to be playful in making marks and help you to discover the joy of experimenting with inexpensive and unusual tools and materials. Bring along eight to ten words from a poem or prose piece. These will form the basis for some of the writing. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 3 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Classroom Delivery
Lorraine Douglas
Tuition: $85.00 (materials included)

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How to Draw: Ink Flowers (DRWGw181-3)

This workshop will introduce students to traditional pen & ink methods using a bowl-point drawing nib and a bamboo brush. The focus will be on making line drawings of flowers with pen and brush. Coloured chalk pastels will be used to create an atmospheric background and flowers that appear to glow. This is a great workshop for those new to pen and ink and who are curious about adding colour to ink drawings for added interest. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 3 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $60.00
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How to Draw: Abstract Architecture (DRWGw183-3)

Are you interested in geometry and the structure of buildings? This workshop explores ways to create abstract compositions that give a sense of a three-dimensional architectural space and an urban skyline. If you've ever been curious about how to use black conté crayon, this is a great workshop for you as there will be an emphasis on how to use conté crayon to make lines, to shade and to create gradient tones. This workshop provides a playful and inventive approach to drawing. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 17 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Online Delivery
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. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 17 Sunday, 10am - 1pm Classroom Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $85.00 (materials included)

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How to Mix Media (MMEDw193-6)

This one-day workshop begins by creating thumbnail sketches based on your selected reference photos. Experimental drawing/mark making techniques follow with ink, marker and graphite. Then you will learn the secrets to gluing your drawings flat while you collage them and finish your compositions using acrylic paint and coloured pencils. This workshop will introduce you to many mixed-media techniques as well as offer a creative way to think of artmaking as a form of play. Suitable for beginners.
Oct 24 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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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 31 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Marina DiMaio
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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Blackwork Embroidery (MMEDw220-3)

Blackwork embroidery is a traditional embroidery technique that was often used to add geometric and floral embellishments to the affluent classes’ clothing in Spain and England. Today, Blackwork is used as a unique way to shade realistic embroidery projects using black thread and a counted thread technique. You will be learn some common Blackwork embroidery patterns, and how to create your own patterns as you make a stitch sampler to prepare for larger Blackwork projects. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 7 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Classroom Delivery
Regan Shrumm
Tuition: $60.00
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How to Pastel: Flowers (DRWGw182-3)

This workshop uses the pastel flower drawings of Odilon Redon as a source of inspiration. You learn to make dream-like, ethereal flowers that merge into a coloured background. The focus is on using pastel techniques to draw flowers and to connect these flowers to a dynamic and interesting surrounding area. Focus will be on shapes and colour as well as positive and negative space. Participants will enjoy learning some art history and applying these ideas to their work. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 7 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $60.00
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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. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 14 Sunday, 10am - 1pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $60.00
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How to Collage (MMEDw194-3)

Collage is a wonderful process for those new to art, or for those with more experience but feel stuck in their ways. Collage provides an opportunity to approach art with a sense of play, which is the best way to open yourself to new avenues of creativity. In this workshop you will discover some basic approaches to collage using materials that are at hand while learning about composition and design. The workshop will consist of three exercises, each showing a different way to make a collage. Collages can be finished works in themselves or they can provide lively source material for drawing or paintings. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 14 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Classroom Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (materials included)

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Experimental Large Scale Knitting (MMEDw186-6)

This unique workshop will teach you to take some basic knitting stitches to create jumbo stitches using size 35mm needles. This workshop will show you how to cast on, learn basic knit and purl stitches, adapt knit and purl stitches using five basic Guernsey fisherman pattern combinations: garter stitch, basket weave, moss stitch, garter ribbing and slanted columns and finally cast off, The final result will yield a surface with high visual and tactile impact in colours and textures. You will have a variety of large and sculptural scale knitted samplers at the end of the workshop to be used as wall-hangings or lap blankets. Some basic knitting experience required.
Nov 21 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Everett Wong
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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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.
Nov 21 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $60.00
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Draw like a Surrealist (MMEDw189-3)

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.
Nov 28 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $60.00
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Embroidery on Photographs (MMEDw219-3)

This unique workshop will reveal ways that to add dimensions and colours to your family photos or found vintage photos using a range of embroidery stitches. Embroidery patterns can embellish items in the photographs such as clothing or objects; or they can be used to add new elements, or even create new personalities of the figures in the photo. You will be learning basic embroidery stitches and how to apply them to the photographs. Suitable for beginners.
Nov 28 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Classroom Delivery
Regan Shrumm
Tuition: $60.00
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Painting: Invented Landscapes with a Limited Palette (PNTGw177-3)

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 28 Sunday, 10am - 1pm Online Delivery
Neil McClelland
Tuition: $60.00
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How to Alter Photographs (MMEDw195-3)

This is a technique-focused workshop where you will learn to augment your photographic images with acrylic paint, coloured pencils and collage to create unique altered images. Students will be required to supply their own images printed on a non-glossy photo paper and purchase some art supplies. Suitable for beginners.
Dec 5 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm Online Delivery
Tony Bounsall
Tuition: $60.00
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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.
Dec 5 Sunday, 10am - 5pm Classroom Delivery
Everett Wong
Tuition: $175.00 (materials included)

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