Beginner Acrylic Techniques

February 18 – March 11

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(4 Wednesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Jill Paris Rody. Participants learned brush-stroke applications, and the use of value, color & temperature to sharpen and depth to your painting (the class painted from photos). For those who have always wanted to paint a scenic view of our area, but didn’t know where to begin, this was the class for you! People learned more about acrylic paint and its properties, while creating a beautiful work of art. Cost: $120.

Express Yourself: Abstract Painting with Mary Deveau

March 4 – 25

(4 Wednesdays), 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Students will work in tandem with painting materials to explore their own artistic style focusing on expressive gestures, rather than representation of objects, to create a unique and dynamic abstract painting. While considering elements of composition, colour, line, form and gesture, this class is mainly about exploration. Results are unpredictable but learning will happen over analysis, contemplation and discussion when your painting is finished. Cost: $120.

Techniques For Strong Acrylic Paintings

March 7 – 8

Facilitated by Brian Buckrell from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Acrylic is the most versatile painting medium. Designed for the intermediate level painter wanting a review the class involved demonstrations and practice together of techniques used to take advantage of the full power in acrylics. The class included different approaches to beginning a painting, value under paintings, working on black canvas, negative painting, glazing, stumbling and more. Participants also received a recommended reading list, a supply list and Brian’s outline called Steps for Making a Landscape Painting. www.brianbuckrell.com Cost: $285.

Create Your Very Own Short Autobiographical Comic!

March 15

Facilitated by Sarah Leavitt from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. A workshop for everyone, regardless of experience, knowledge or drawing ability! In this dynamic, hands-on workshop, participants explored the wonderful world of autobiographical comics, then moved into a series of writing and drawing exercises that allowed them to create their very own short autobiographical comic. Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s My Mother and Me has been published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany and France to international critical acclaim (LA Times, Vanity Fair, Globe + Mail, Die Welt the Guardian). Her prose and comics have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and the UK. She is currently working on a graphic novel set in mid-19th century BC. Leavitt was a featured author/artist at the Words on the Water Festival March 13 + 14, 2015. Cost: $85 / Gallery members: $75.

Beginner Watercolour Painting

March 18 – April 8

(4 Wednesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Caren Heine. For people who hadn’t tried watercolours before, or wanted to refine their skills, this class was be a good place to explore this wonderful medium. With 40 years of watercolour painting and teaching experience, Caren guided the class through the intricacies of paint mixing and colour, various painting surfaces, and using a variety of brushes to achieve washes, drawing and layering. Cost: $120.

Moving Forward in Acrylic Techniques

April 22 – May 13

(4 Wednesdays), 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Facilitated by Jill Paris Rody. This continuing series in painting takes us one step closer to intermediate. The class will give you more confidence in transposing an image to canvas and, most importantly, allowing you to make your own choices. You will have a quick review of the basics, and then quickly move into working entirely from your own photos. This is exciting for the student who wants to use paint as a form of expression. Cost: $120.

Quadra Island Studio Tour 12 May – 9 July 2015 The Quadra Island Studio Tour celebrated its 13th season June 6 + 7, featuring Quadra’s talented artist community. Visitors enjoyed art and demos in more than 20 studios, as well as the Community Centre group exhibition and bistro. The talented artists and artisans of Quadra work in a variety of mediums, and their works can be found in many galleries, businesses, and homes across Canada and around the world. Beautiful Quadra Island is situated in the Discovery Islands, just a ten minute ferry ride from Campbell River. More details can be found at www.quadraislandarts.com or on their Facebook page.

Photographic + Text Transfer Workshop

August 15 and 16

From 12:00 – 4:00 pm with Terra Poirier. Phototransfer is an easy and fun process that can yield rewarding results for the beginner. It’s also an excellent platform for storytelling. Using their own printed photographs and text, participants learned a basic photo transfer technique for applying images to a wood surface and explored simple strategies for applying text to their pieces. Cost: $125, Members: $100.

Artist Trading Cards

September 17 and November 19

(2 Thursdays), 7:00 pm.

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Would you like to create and trade miniature works of art? Artist Trading Cards are 2.5 x 3.5 inches and can be painted, collaged, mixed media, photographs….no rules, but original work. This is a fun, social and creative group that meets several times a year to swap trading cards with other people. Create some cards, sign the back and bring them to the Gallery. Admission by donation.

Abstract Painting

September 23 – October 21

(4 Wednesdays), 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Facilitated by Mary Deveau. Create a painting that is simply about painting. This class will explore creative mark making, abstracting forms, colour theory and paint applications through a series of exercises that encourage painting intuitively, letting go of outcome and being open to change and surprise.  We will be using methods of painting abstractly that will induce spontaneity like painting to music, dripping, splattering, flinging and smearing to free the mind up to make non-objective art, but also to inspire you to loosen up, have fun and paint more. Cost: $140.

Acrylic Painting: From Practiced Beginners to Early Intermediate

September 30 – October 28

(4 Wednesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Jill Paris Rody. A continued study using acrylics, this course is intended for those students who have taken Jill’s previous classes or have had some intermediate studies in mixing colors with a basic palette. Participants will work with a very limited palette, with a focus on mixing greens for landscape, as well as exploring texture. Brushes for particular techniques and continued learning on atmospheric perspective will also be covered. Demos and handouts round out the course. Cost: $140.

Life Drawing

October 6 – November 10

(6 Tuesdays), 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Facilitated by Glen Chambers. Life Drawing sessions are open to those who wish to practice drawing the human figure in a group setting. There will be no instruction, only the opportunity to draw a live model in a variety of poses in the company of other artists. Easels and tables are provided, but bring your choice of drawing or painting materials and the Gallery will provide the model. Poses will be timed, beginning with a few short warms-up, then transitioning to longer poses. Pre-pay for 6 sessions prior to the start date or pay on a drop-in basis. 6 classes: $62.50 / Drop-in: $12.50.

Digital Photography

October 31 – November 1

Facilitated by Eiko Jones from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. This course is designed to be casual, yet informative so that aspiring photographers can easily master basic techniques through hands-on learning. Taken a step at a time, we will walk through the aspects of photography, getting the best possible image, regardless of what type of camera is used. By focusing on a single aspect of photography at a time, participants will learn what can be done with a camera and how to use each function to its best capability. The class will alternate between classroom time and outside photo sessions. Cost: $185.

Poured Watercolours

November 6 – December 4


(5 Fridays), 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Facilitated by Martha Holmes. Learn to create a “poured watercolour” painting, starting with stretching watercolour paper and becoming familiar with liquid watercolours, artists-quality tube paints and drawing gum. Participants will review their chosen images (with strong light, middle to dark values), apply drawing gum and paint, using a limited palette of primary colours. To finish the artwork, the class will add the final details to their paintings. Watercolour stretching boards will be provided for the duration of the class. Watercolour paper will be available at a small fee. Cost: $140.

Silk Screen Printing

November 14 and 15, 21 and 22

Silk Screen Print

(2 Weekends), 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Darren Larose. The workshop will teach you the process of successful Silk Screen printing. From building your own frame to printing your image. Students can print on t-shirts, fabric, paper, wood, etc. This is an introductory course and artistic skill is not the focus, rather, the process. Cost: $140.