Art Courses

2018 Fall Workshops

Below is a list of courses for which you can enroll. To see more information about course status or to register for the course/workshop, click on the course title.

The Principles of Design: How to Use the Tools

Cost: CAN$330.00

INSTRUCTOR: Lalita Hamill, AFCA Spacer

MEDIUM:  Various

LEVEL:  Beginner & Intermediate

DAY:  October 12-14 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Windsong CoHousing, Langley

PRICING: Members $330 / Non-Members $380

 

 

In a painting, composition generally refers to how the parts of the image relate to each other to create a whole.  The way in which a painting is composed and the way in which the painting’s elements work together to form a coherent whole is key to the success of a work of art in conveying its message and visually ‘hanging together’.  Few beginning artists use the principles of design, such as pattern, contrast, balance and rhythm, to their full advantage.

 

This 3-day workshop offers an overview of the principles of design, which are part of the foundational skills of what every artist should know.  In this informative class, Lalita will delve deep into these concepts, allowing students to gain both theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice of these basic building blocks of the visual arts.  She will provide examples of artists who structured the compositions of their paintings in ways that bring the viewer’s attention to the most important elements of the painting by encoding their work with a series of deliberate or intuited visual messages.  Participants will then apply this information to further assess photographs, paintings, and their own work.

 

 

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Registration

Register online by clicking "Register Now" at the bottom of the screen, by phone 604-681-2744, or at the Federation Gallery, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm

 

Workshop Location
Windsong CoHousing

20543 96 Ave, Langley, BC V1M 3W3


Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials

 

Testrimonials

Thank you Lalita!!  Your creative analogies and detailed, step-by-step instruction demystify the painting process so it’s not overwhelming!”  N. Robinson 
It is impossible to reiterate how much I have learned today.  I will soak up anything Lalita provides” M. Frost
"Lalita is not only an outstanding artist, she is one of those rare people with the ability to teach.”  - C. Evens

 

Artist Statement

http://lalitahamill.com/

Lalita Hamill has been a professional artist for twelve years.  She is described by students as being an enthusiastic, knowledgeable person and born teacher who is able to appeal to all levels.  Lalita has a philosophy degree and learned traditional painting methods while attending the Vancouver Academy of Art.  She runs a successful atelier and art assessment program in the Fraser Valley, and is represented by Gallery 204.  Lalita values high quality, technique, creativity, persistence, curiosity, courgae, and artistic integrity.  "I paint and teach to gently awaken in myself and others that which has been lost, hidden, or buried." 

 

 

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Painting The Portrait

Cost: CAN$360.00

 

INSTRUCTOR: Doug Levitt, SFCA Spacer

MEDIUM:  Oil  

LEVEL:  Intermediate and Advanced

DAY:  October 26 - 28 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Semiahmoo Arts Society, Surrey

PRICING: Members $360 / Non-Members $410

 

 

Please welcome new SFCA member and saught-after artist, Doug Levitt who is visiting us from Calgary, AB! 

 

In this workshop, Doug will discuss various approaches to painting the portrait in an alla prima or direct painting style. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by Doug and the remainder of the workshop will be hands on painting by the students with Doug giving individual help and assistance.

Doug will focus the workshop on painting from the live model and then adapting that process to painting from a photo of that same model as a reference. Periodically the model will return through the weekend so students can see first hand the substantial difference between painting from life and photo.

Emphasis will be on blocking, drawing structure, values, edges and colour, and temperature of that colour. While focusing on those techniques, Doug will show that the ultimate goal will be mood and emotional power in the painting.

Doug is a humour based teacher who often pokes fun at himself which helps to facilitate a relaxed atmosphere in the learning experience. While showing his utter dedication to the craft of painting, Doug simultaneously helps each student to relax and realize how fun painting really is! 

 

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Registration

Register online by clicking "Register Now" at the bottom of the screen, by phone 604-681-2744, or at the Federation Gallery, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm

 

Workshop Location
Semiahmoo Arts Society - in the South Surrey Arts & Recreation Centre

14601 - 20th Ave, Surrey BC, V4A 9P5


Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials

 

Artist Statement

http://www.douglevitt.net/

Although Doug Levitt always wanted to be an artist, he never pursued it through most of his life, even though he drew avidly as a kid. “Something about it just intimidated me I guess and even though it gnawed at me, I always just put it off”, he says. Almost dying in an accident in 2001 changed his mind and focus however, and armed with a fresh load of art supplies he decided to conquer the demon. Surprised by the strong positive reaction from friends and family and with time on his hands recovering from the accident and subsequent surgeries, he decided to start attending art shows and sales.

“I’ve been painting full time ever since. I’ll paint anything that interests me or offers me growth as an artist, including portraits, still life and plein air landscapes, but my main focus is western art – particularly Native/First Nation culture, inspired by dream images I kept having early in my career. The images were so clear I just closed my eyes and ‘saw’ the image and then painted it - and I never remember my dreams as a rule - so that struck me as a special thing’. Doug began approaching First Nations people for answers to his inspirational dreams and quickly found both models and friends within that community who began to teach him more about their culture in an effort to aid him in depicting the images with a deeper correctness and respect than would otherwise have been possible. He has been very embraced by the culture and has received many gifts – including feathers and various artifacts, most notably a turtle shell medicine pouch.

 

In 2008, Doug was commissioned to paint the image used for the 2008 Calgary Stampede poster which promoted the Stampede world-wide. The painting was sold for $63,000 and was purchased by the Hudson's Bay Company. Doug has also won Artist Choice (2), Collectors Choice (2) and Best of Show booth at Stampede. In 2013, he was honoured with the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award. 

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Drawing for Painting: The Art of Seeing

Cost: CAN$220.00

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Anthony Spacer

MEDIUM:  Drawing (for all painters)

LEVEL:  Beginner & Intermediate

DAY:  November 3 & 42018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION:  Semiahmoo Arts Society, Surrey

PRICING: Members $220 / Non-Members $270

 

 

 

 

 

Certain manual skills are critical for every artist, draftsman and painter alike.  Following the footsteps of great European masters, this workshop teaches how to secure a confident understanding of visual realities through manual drawing.  Thankfully the world has a record of many master drawings that preceded great paintings by Raphael, Canaleto, Michelangelo, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, and so on.  We will explore what they drew and how they drew, what they saw and how they saw, what they understood and how they understood, in terms of their immediate visual world.  These exceptional drawing studies became masterworks in themselves and, more importantly, the academic platform leading to other great masterpeices.  

 

While this workshop is not an art history presentation, you will be taught to utilize manual drawing as a study platform for understanding and solving artistic solutions to common visual problems and challenges.  This invaluable process is the key to enabling the artist to move forward in executing a finished master study with confidence and skill, regardless of the medium.  And, our focus will be on a practical approach using key fundamental principles.

 

All demonstrations are set up for the benefit of the new and experienced artist alike.  Your drawings will be your notes. 

 

Section 1

Composition, Perspective and Linear Space (side study - Canaleto, Cortes, Ruisdale): You will compose and build a perspective drawing and learn several skills associated with spatial recession and measuring.

 

Section 2

Measuring, Light, Values, Patterns, Edges and Form (side study - Bargue, Sculture Collections): Certain complex subjets can be intimidating.  You will learn easy-to-use manual measuring techniques that facilitate a simple approach to managing complex, abstract, natural forms.  You will learn to define light & shadow patterns, edges and values that collectively solve form.  These logical solutions lead the artist to a finished artwork. 

 

Section 3

Fundamentals Behind Drawing From Life - Anatomy & Proportion (side study - Michelangelo, Albinus): Successful live-model drawing is no accident.  You will learn to progressively define what you observe through anatomical and proportional knowledge, and transform these into practical skills.  You will see a clear connection between accurate proportion and poetic beauty. 

 

Section 4

Questions & Answers: You will have an opportunity to review the previous 2 days and solve questions and problems as time permits

 

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Registration

Register online by clicking "Register Now" at the bottom of the screen, by phone 604-681-2744, or at the Federation Gallery, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm

 

Workshop Location

Semiahmoo Arts Society - in the South Surrey Arts & Recreation Centre

14601 - 20th Ave, Surrey BC, V4A 9P5


Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials

 

Artist Statement

http://www.markanthonystudio.com/

For over 30 years, Mark Anthony's great passion for artistic tradition complimented with his own strong European roots has lead him into a career in representational drawing based on the poetic charm of the old-world European studio.  His professional history includes owning and operating a small Alberta based portrait studio/gallery, working with private, historical and municipal heritage projects, and teaching hundreds of students at all levels in the grand tradition of observational and classical drawing.  Currently, Mark teaches regular classes in fundamental studies, traditional drawing and portraiture, on the North Shore.

 

 

 

 

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Painting as an Extension of Drawing Principles

Cost: CAN$220.00

INSTRUCTOR: Rick McDiarmid, SFCA Spacer

MEDIUM:  Acrylic, Oil or Watercolour (choose one)

LEVEL:  Beginner & Intermediate

DAY:  November 24 & 25 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Semiahmoo Arts Society, Surrey

PRICING: Members $220 / Non-Members $270

 

 

 

Learning to draw is a process of learning to see relationships in a different way. We abandon the notion of “things” and move into a new way of “seeing”. The principles learned are not abandoned in the transition to painting and the many respective mediums that may be employed. Observation and conscious awareness of visual relationships is fundamental to our successful creative expression. This includes not only the relationships that we observe with chosen subject matter (e.g. objects from life or those from photo reference, sketches and other conceptual material) but also the changing relationships on our painting surfaces as we engage the many forming processes.

 

     Moving into the painting process may include various technical considerations such as chosen medium (e.g. oils, acrylics, watercolour, mixed media) and preparation of applicable surfaces, before any layout or drawing is started. Following this selection and preparation of materials, the painting process begins and may include a number of different approaches from traditional to more explorative methods. Setting up the composition and design is a process of integrating visual elements such as, shapes and their edge relationships, mass form and line, colour relationships of hue, value, intensity, dominance of colour and form and surface quality, to name a few.  Brushes, painting knives and other tools of application are commonly used to execute the drawing and painting development.

 

This two-day workshop offers an overview of the relationship between subject matter, drawing and painting, which are part of the foundational skills of what every artist should know.  Rick will delve deep into the awareness of visual relationship, focusing on how to review and use reference materials (e.g. sketches, drawings, photographs, studies and notes) and the skills gained in the previous workshop to create a strong painting statement. Underpainting techniques, drawing with the brush, compositional considerations and an increasing awareness of the visual relationships that we are setting up in the process of painting, will be the focus.

     

Participants may paint in acrylic, oils or watercolour (choose one medium only for the two days) and will endeavour to complete one painting idea during the short two-day cycle.

 

This workshop will include one on one instruction, demonstrations, and Q and A opportunities, gaining both theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice of these basic building blocks of the visual arts. 

 

 

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Registration

Register online by clicking "Register Now" at the bottom of the screen, by phone 604-681-2744, or at the Federation Gallery, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm

 

Workshop Location

Semiahmoo Arts Society - in the South Surrey Arts & Recreation Centre

14601 - 20th Ave, Surrey BC, V4A 9P5 


Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials

 

Artist Statement

http://paintedlightart.com/

“Although drawing was a favourite pastime during childhood, my education and much of my early adult life was spent working in a technical and industrial environment.   Many years have passed  since starting a study of painting and art history in 1970 and in spite of endless hours in the studio and thousands of paintings later, I am still driven to pick up a brush and push some paint around, to improve and fulfill what seems to be an ever elusive creative pursuit.”

Paintings include works in oils, acrylics and watermedia. Ideas are explored and interpreted in a range of creative expression including representational, semi-abstract and abstract.  The visual images are developed using  a variety of forming processes and randomness and explorative techniques are often employed to reveal unique surface elements and energy in the finished work. Subject matter most often integrates human activity and surroundings in a visual narrative that invites the viewer in, to discover and explore, to complete the story or continue the inner journey or experience.

Richard is a signature member of both the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and was a member of Painters at Painters, a prestigious B.C. artist’s peer group. He has served the Federation of Canadian Artists for many years in positions at the board level, VP level, and as the initiator of numerous studio art educational programs within the organization as well as with other local arts organizations. Annual workshop instruction included activity in Canada, US, Britain, France and Spain.  His many award winning paintings have been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and international shows including, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), to name a few. Examples of his paintings and articles have appeared in art publications including International Artist’s Magazine. Richard’s paintings can be found in commercial galleries and corporate and private collections in many countries worldwide. 

 

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Creating Compelling Light From Photo References

Cost: CAN$350.00

 

INSTRUCTOR: Gaye Adams, SFCA Spacer

MEDIUM:  Acrylic and/or Oil

LEVEL:  Beginner & Intermediate

DAY:  October 12-14 2018

TIME:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

LOCATION: Studio 2880, Prince George BC

PRICING: Members $350 / Non-Members $400

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In this 3-day course, we will explore how to create the illusion of light on the canvas.  It is all about value and colour relationships, and getting them exactly right. 

 

On the first morning of the workshop, Gaye will share with the group the meat of her colour mixing foundations course, so participants can have the benefit of that learning within the structure of the workshop.  It will also be very beneficial information to put into practice during the following days of the workshop.  There will be a brief colour mixing demonstration to get everyone on the right foot, then you will dive straight into painting, first from Gaye's photo references, then from the students.  Following the morning session, Gaye will provide a photo reference for the afternoon.  Students are invited to paint along which will be an aid and a learning tool used to demonstrate the principles that will be presented in the class.  Taking photos that will translate into paintings full of light is another consideration and we will discuss that as well.  There will be several demos during the course of the class, then instruction will be focused on individualized coaching at the easel. 

 

Get ready because Gaye will light up your day!

 

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Registration

Register online by clicking "Register Now" at the bottom of the screen, by phone 604-681-2744, or at the Federation Gallery, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm

 

Workshop Location
Studio 2880 

2880 15th Ave, Prince George BC, V2M 1T1


Refund & Cancellation Policy
We require full payment at the time of registration. You may withdraw until 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
We reserve the right to change or cancel any of our educational programs. If we cancel a workshop, a full refund will be given to all registrants. In the event the instructor is unavailable, either an alternate instructor with similar credentials will act as a replacement or alternate date will be scheduled. 

 

Artist Statement

http://www.gayeadams.com/

I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember; a sketchbook was always close by.  I did not ever plan to become a painter – no one ever presented it to me as something to do as anything more than a pleasant pastime, and it has become my greatest passion.

 

I find my path as an artist continues to involve

 

but I am ever inspired by the pursuit of painting light.  Light  bounces, dances, illuminates – it is the impetus 

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