$100 for two half-day workshops, plus materials fee where applicable
9-9:30 coffee + registration and orientation
9:30-12:30 morning workshops - choose from Plein Air Painting or Exploring Botanical Form
1:30-4:30 afternoon workshops - choose from Experimental Drawing or Outdoor Sketching
Experimental Drawing - Alysha Creighton
This workshop explores experimental approaches to drawing with graphite, inviting participants to expand their mark-making vocabulary in both abstract and representational approaches. We will work with drafting film, graphite powder and sticks, water-soluble graphite and eraser to extend the expressive capacity of this medium.
- pencils and erasers
- all other materials will be supplied for a $15 fee
Alysha Creighton is an intermedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA in Visual Art from Trinity Western University and an MFA in Drawing and Intermedia from the University of Alberta. Her performance-based practice draws on her background in dance and movement, exploring moments of physical, social and psychological tension between people through drawing, photography and video. She taught drawing and intermedia courses at the University of Alberta for the past four years, served as the Artist in Residence at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and as a lead artist at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. She currently teaches in the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University.
Exploring Botanical Form - Dorothy Doherty
Participants in this workshop will experiment and explore unfamiliar methods and materials. The goal is not to complete a finished work of art, but to produce a collection of images that show layered approaches to art making. In addition to studying the subject, we will explore the formal aspects of art making and delve into how value, shape and form work in our personal approach to art making. Expect a lively exchange about what it is like to be an artist in the world today.
- paper - 11x15" or 12x9" or larger, 140gsm acid-free, a sketchbook or drawing pad
- pencils - 2B, 4B, 6B, erasers, black coloured pencils, watercolour pencils if you have them
- marker pens - felt tips, conte in 3 colours (white, rust, black), white chalk, pastels if desired
- Posca or Liquitex acrylic pens if you have them
- brushes - sizes 8-12 and larger if you have them
- gesso, white black and clear containers for water and wet materials
- optional - charcoal, turmeric, tea bags for those who like to experiment, sponges and paper towel for clean-up, plastic to keep tables clean
- if you do not have materials, a $10 materials fee includes newsprint, 1 sheet of Stonehenge paper, brown paper, stick of conte and gesso
Dorothy Doherty is a painter, mixed media artist and ceramic artist. Her work straddles the invisible line between realism and abstraction. She aims to stimulate the imagination and move the soul. @dorothydohertyart.
Plein Air Painting - Chris Friesen
In this 3-hour workshop we will be focusing on underpainting with bright unexpected colours before we paint en plein air. We will be using diluted liquid acrylic paints and then either oil or acrylic as our medium of choice. We will be painting on a small exhibition size 11x14" canvas.
- 11x14" canvas
- 1 high flow Golden liquid acrylic paint 30ml (your choice of colour as we can share, go for something bright)
- large, medium, small flat brush (use appropriate brushes if you are doing oils)
- selection of earth toned acrylic or oil paints appropriate to the environment of the farm
Christopher Friesen is a painter, community advocate and an educator. Friesen lives in Langley, BC. His work has been shown extensively throughout Western Canada in public and commercial galleries. Friesen has work in international public, private and corporate collections. Friesen is an Associate Professor at the Unviersity of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in the School of Creative Arts (SoCA). He received his BFA from the University of Lethbridge and his MFA from the University of Regina. Friesen is represented by the Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia and Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, Alberta. christopherfrisenart.com.
Outdoor Sketching (Capture that Special Moment) - Wendy Mould
Have you walked the trail but wished you could do more? Create your own special memories with sketches that are infused with your own personal connections: your thoughts, your emotions, your memories. Join Wendy for tips and techniques to help you get sketching with joy and confidence. The focus of the session: packing light, ready to go equipment, getting started, moving from layout ink to watercolour and finishing off. Drawing and watercolour skills are part of the instruction but not the focus. Medium: ink and watercolour. Beginners to advanced artists are welcome.
- sketchbook (approx 5.5x8" multimedia book is a good portable size)
- 2B graphite pencil
- eraser (white vinyl and kneaded)
- .03 and .05 Micron Pigma Permeant Ink Pen or Steadler Permeant Ink Pens
- small pack of watercolours
- small water container
- watercolour brushes - 10 and 6 round or something close to that size
- paper towels (a few pieces)
- container to hold everything
Please contact Wendy if you need help with supplies: email@example.com.
Wendy Mould is a wildlife artist and an avid sketch booker both in the studio and outdoors. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks by gnarled trees and creeks with quiet watery pools - west coast nature. Wendy is first a sketcher of nature, but is an experienced travel sketcher as well. Airports, restaurants and sidewalk alleyways in many part of the world have been her studios. artbywendy.com.
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