Art Foundations: October Classes

Mondays 10am-3pm

Supplies included
No experience necessary

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About Art Foundations:

These day long workshops are geared for those who want to delve deeper into a particular art technique or medium.  Our  teacher artists have created classes that are engaging and welcoming, whether you’re following up an Art Bites class, or learning a new skill set to add to your art tool box.

Most classes are $125.  Core classes (Drawing, Composition and Colour Theory) are offered at the special price of $100.
Our classes run from Sept-Dec in the fall and Jan-Jun in the spring.   Our full Art Foundations fall schedule is here

Oct 3 – Acrylic Painting Level 1 with Susan Schaefer 

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the acrylic painting medium.  Starting with an overview of various materials and methods used to paint with acrylics, we will then cover how to apply these elements to produce a final painting.

Cost $125

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All materials included

About the Instructor:  A West Coast artist with Prairie roots, Susan is an accomplished acrylic painter who is generous in sharing 20 years of tricks and tips that she has learned from some of Canada’s finest artists.

Oct 17 – Secrets to the Art of Placement: Composition with Gordon Wilson

Unravel the mystery and learn the tips and tricks of how to create balance, harmony and visual excitement in your art work using the secrets of composition provided in this class.

Although these concepts may sound daunting, they are actually quite simple when presented in an easily understood manner. Knowing where to place objects in your artwork, what can stay and what needs to go, the importance of a central interest point, are a few concepts that can make or break a successful final piece.

In this course we explore these elements in order for you to get started on the right foot using demonstrations and practical application.

Core Class –  Special Price $100
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All materials included

About the Instructor:  Gordon Wilson enjoys taking seemingly complex art styles and making them accessible and easy to learn.  He has a degree in design and education and has taught in high schools for 15 years, as well as other venues.  Prior to teaching Gordon was a commercial designer and illustrator for 20 years working in television, publishing, and advertising.

Oct 24 – Silk Painting Level 1 with Dianne Nelson

Participants will produce a 22 x 22″ painting on silk to take home.  Patterns will be provided, but you are encouraged to have an idea for a composition.  We’ll develop a pattern, which we’ll sketch on silk with gutta, then paint with special acrylics.  

Cost $125

All materials included

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About the instructor:  Dianne’s first piece sold while she was working as a teacher in Saskatchewan.  She has worked and traveled in Australia as well as various places in Canada, including Bella Bella, Ucluelet and the Northwest Territories.  It was there, in the tiny Dene  hamlet of Fort Liard that she discovered her passion with colour; painting on silk. She continues to be a member of the NWT Arts Association.  Since moving to Vancouver Island in, she has exhibited  at the Filberg Festival in Comox, The Old School House in Qualicum Beach and the MacMillan Gallery in Parksville.

Oct 31 – Oil Painting Level 1 with Margery Blom

Learn how to use traditional oils as well as water mixable oils in this workshop.  We will be using oil paint and mediums with paint brushes to create a landscape on a 12”x16” gallery wrapped canvas.

Cost $125

All materials included

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About the Instructor:   Margery Blom  BFA is an oil paint artist specializing in scenes from Vancouver Island. Margery displays in galleries all over the Island and is an active member of FCA.  You can find Margery as Resident Artist at the McMillan Arts Centre on Thursdays.