Betsy Symons Class imagecroppedCreate an image using watercolour washes then write what inspires you to illustrate with words textures, shapes, line and tell the hidden story or paint the poem.

Wednesday, February 7 – 28: 1-3 pm

Price: $45.00: supplies not included

Instructor: Betsy Symons MA

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This class is for beginners and intermediate artists wanting to explore the blending of colour, the layering of texture and the hard and soft edge of line. The theme of the class will change from week to week. I will introduce exercises enabling symbolic play within the painted image and written word. We will talk about each piece and develop a vocabulary reflective of the art process. The objective is to experience our individual unique strengths as we discover the inner poet/painter.


Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.   Jean Paul Sartre 1905-1980   French Philosopher


Student watercolours: min 3 tubes
140 lb watercolour paper pad:  9 x 12 or larger
3B 5B or 6B pencils
Brushes  flat/round
Palette paper
Water bucket
Writing pad

About the Instructor 

Before graduating in 1998 from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., I was actively involved in the arts community in Vancouver and the lower mainland teaching, coordinating and adjudicating art exhibits and literary readings. After completing my thesis I engaged once again in the creative process of the art and the craft of writing fiction and poetry.

I am passionate about colour, texture and the relationship between language and landscape, poetry and the natural world. When nature speaks I celebrate the poem of inner landscapes. In my work, I strive for the ambiguity of unexpected time frames and hidden space.

Currently, I live in Qualicum Beach. I am working on a novel about my forefathers and a poetry manuscript under the working title, About Face. I am a past board member of the Qualicum Beach Museum, a member of The Old School House Art Centre, Echo Players Theatre. The League of Canadian Poets, and the Federation of BC Writers.