These are suggestions for classes I’d like to offer in Squamish this Fall - I cannot run all of them! Please take this quick survey to give me an idea of which ones you’re interested in. Numbers will be limited to 6 students per course to ensure a comfortable work space and plenty of one on one instruction. My new Art Lab is bright and spacious on the first floor of my home in Garibaldi Estates, Squamish.
I’m looking forward to inviting artists of all levels to come and play, practise and enjoy the space.
Expressive Drawing- 6 weeks - SUNDAY AFTERNOONS
$300 per person
In this 6 week foundation level course, you'll explore drawing methods and techniques which balance technical, intuitive and inventive approaches. You’ll get the chance to try out a variety of different studio materials: lead pencil, conté crayon, brush pen and ink, drafting pens etc. The 3 steps to mastery are Observation, Construction, Invention. The basics covered in this course will be: Using perception to draw what you see, constructing a drawing from geometric shapes, using shading to create form and depth, understand space and perspective, practise figure drawing, composition and developing a strong sense of Design, the key to visual communication. Weekly projects and homework assignments will build momentum and give you confidence to apply drawing to your preferred area of self expression - Illustration, thumbnail sketches for larger paintings, comics, journaling, or simply drawing for the fun of it!
Beginners watercolour - 6 weeks - THURSDAY EVENINGS
$300 per person/ materials provided
This 6 week course for absolute beginners will introduce you to the basic principles of painting in watercolour. Each week you’ll be provided with a new composition and guided step by step through the painting process. You’ll practise simple exercises including laying a graded wash, working with a limited palette, mixing colour, applying soft and hard edges and mark making.
Intermediate Watercolour - 4 weeks TBD
$200 per person
This course focuses on honing your own visual language and style. You will work on personal subjects and themes, exploring composition, colour choices + combinations, tonal range and contrast, scale, proportion and mark making. This short course offers the opportunity to begin a new series, resolve a problem area or get unstuck from the dreaded creative block! You should leave with renewed energy and confidence to continue to work on your own. You will need to bring your own materials.
colour theory in acrylics - 2 DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOP 10am - 4pm
$150 per person
This short course will give you a solid grounding for developing your colour sense and applying it to your art projects. Each exercise will be done in the context of painting. Over 4 weeks, we will cover the use of limited palettes, colour mixing, colour combinations, colour contrasts including tonal value, hue, saturation and temperature and finally using colour to express mood.
abstraction in acrylic - 4 WEEKS TBD
$200 per person
Abstraction is the process of distilling the perception of reality through design and a meaningful selection of visual motifs. In this workshop you will learn how to develop a personal visual language allowing you the freedom to fully engage with the expressiveness of your medium, whether it be watercolour or acrylics. Through a series of instructor demonstrations and personal practise, you will experience the benefits allowing surprise elements and adding just enough definition to capture the viewer’s imagination.
xmas cards - 2 DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOP 1-4PM
$100 PER PERSON
Learn how to transfer a series of Winter designs onto pre-stretched watercolour paper, apply masking fluid, lay down watercolour washes in a combination of wet-in-wet and hard edge techniques, paint several versions of the same design at once, trim and glue the designs to stationary and VOILA! Perfect original gifts for the holidays.