The workshops are from 1:00-5:00 or 5:00-9:00. Half way through the session we’ll take a break for tea, coffee and some snacks. The evening session can be in the form of a happy hour/wine and cheese and you can bybo.
Oil Painting Workshops
There are many techniques for oil painting. I use three of them to teach you how to paint in three separate workshops. I provide all materials.
Maybe the easiest to learn as there are no fine details, painting with a palette knife is definitely the quickest and easiest clean up. We will use oil paints straight from the tube, using no solvents, so there is no to little odor. I will demonstrate how to use a palette knife and show you the steps to complete a painting. First we will do a painting of a simple object to get you familiar with the technique, form and light, and then spend the rest of the time working on a still life of your choice. (During the Christmas season we’ll do Christmas bulbs. So pretty and shiny, you’ll want to hang them on your tree.)
Using a stiff, hogs hair bristle bush we will paint an oil painting that will have texture and movement. Learn toning the background, sketching in the scene, blocking in and finishing details. We will do a landscape in this workshop. Bring one of your own photos or use one of mine.
Painting with a soft synthetic brush gives you a smooth painting that can be as detailed as you like. In this workshop we will complete a still life that is drawn on the canvas before being painted. Don’ worry if you don’t know how to draw. There’s an easy trick for getting the picture to the canvas.
Acrylic is probably the most versatile of mediums as it can be used to create wildly diverse styles of paintings. We’ll explore four fun ways in three half day and one full day workshops.
We’ll tone our background and use the paints thinned to a creamy consistency to paint a loose, colorful still life picked from a selection of my photos. Then using the same technique we’ll pick a photo from a variety of wonderful Van Gogh paintings as a reference for our next painting.
See Canadian artist Angela Morgan to for this loose painting style. - http://angelamorgan.com/
We’ll first paint our canvas with black paint then using the acrylics straight from the tube, with no thinning, to paint bright, colorful birds. We’ll get warmed up using a painting of a bird as a reference for our first painting then paint a second from a photo of a bird.
See Vancouver artist Michelle Guitard for this style. - http://www.michelleguitard.net/
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
You can paint with acrylic paints with many of the same techniques you’d use in watercolors. In this workshop we will paint a simple, Tuscan landscape using a wet on wet technique and transparent glazing. We’ll make our paintings pop by painting the background with acrylics mixed with white to make them opaque. Then we’ll advance to painting from a photograph using the same technique.
See US artist Suzy Abrahams for her glazing technique. - http://www.suzyabrahams.com/
Soft Pastel Workshops
These workshop is for people who have done my Introduction to Art classes or people who have some experience using pastels, and want to discover additional techniques.
Pastel on Watercolor Paper
We will use watercolor paper and use watercolor for the under painting before painting with Pastels.
First we will prepare a board with fine pumice gel to create a textured support. Then we paint with pastels to create our painting.
Watercolor Christmas Cards
In this workshop we will use watercolors to paint small winter scenes that you can use to give as Christmas cards. You may even want to have one scanned and printed. They make wonderful little cards but can also be framed so they can be enjoyed year after year. I make mine to measure 5x7, which is a standard size, so they can be framed in a readymade frame that can even be bought at the dollar store.