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 Elements of Design: The Tools to Make Art

Cost: CAN$220.00

INSTRUCTOR: Jan Crawford, AFCASpacer

MEDIUM:  Acrylic 

LEVEL:  Beginner & Intermediate

DAY:  September 8 & 9 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Jericho Hill Centre, Vancouver

PRICING: Members $220 / Non-Members $270

 

 

 

 

The two-day workshop offers an overview of the elements of design, which are part of the foundational skills of what every artist should know.  Jan 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. 

 

Students will:

- Receive a booklet of information on design entitled Artist Connections

Artist Connections involves viewing historical and contemporary painting and discussing each element of design. Line, shape, form, value, space, texture, and colour as they appear in works of art.

·     - Explore a specific art experience for each design word using different mediums and exercises on different surfaces. The activity of focusing on each word will give a clear and visual understanding.

·      - Critiquing your own painting using the elements as a guide and critiquing work of other artists.

 

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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
Jericho Hill Centre 

4196 W 4th Ave, Vancouver BC, V6R 4J5


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.jancrawford.com/

Jan Crawford was born in Vancouver, BC but moved to Penticton where she was raised on an orchard setting.  She holds a Bachelor of Education with a major in Visual Arts from UBC, a printmaking graduate from Emily Carr University and AFCA Signature Status from the Federation of Canadian Artists.  Jan spent twenty years at Malsapina as a printmaker where she produced over 140 large colourful waterbased monotypes.  Many of these prints are in galleries, wineries and private homes.  A series of six large monotypes are part of the Kelowna Art Galleries private collection.  These prints were published in "Nexus: Histories and Communities".

Today Jan works in acylics.  Her recent work focuses on "preserve", giving attention to the iconic jars of the Okanagan - a symbol of cultural identity.  Crawford's work can be seen in Kelowna, Penticton, Calgary, the Vancouver International Airport, the Lakeside Resort and Okanagan wineries.  Jan has shown her work in Municipal as well as private galleries.  Recently Crawfords work was featured in Galleries West Magazine, summer addition 2016 under "Artists To Collect". 

 

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Dare to Paint Abstracts

Cost: CAN$270.00

 

INSTRUCTOR: Barry Rafuse, SFCA Spacer

MEDIUM:  All Media 

LEVEL:  Beginner & Intermediate

DAY:  September 15 & 16 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Jericho Hill Centre, Vancouver

PRICING: Members $270 / Non-Members $320

 

 

Let loose and have fun in this 2-day workshop with sought-after instructor Barry Rafuse, whose visiting us from Coldstream, BC!

 

This course is designed to meet the needs of artists wishing to explore abstraction. The workshop will start with a demonstration of a large abstract painting accompanied by hand-out material and informational literature to initiate class discussion. The following warm-up painting exercises will be implemented to encourage artists to paint outside their comfort zone and explore visual ideas on canvas. This will be a risk taking workshop, where artists will be pushed to paint on the edge and inspired to trust their instincts!

 

The course is intended for artists interested in painting abstracts and to challenge painters to paint outside their comfort zones. For these reasons, participants should consider this a time to explore and stretch their painting skills.

 

If the painter normally uses watercolour, then this could be the time to try something different like acrylic or mixed media. If the artist usually paints on small surfaces, then now could be the time to go large. Place yourself in a situation where you cannot "control" end results. And remember - painting is fun. Right?

 

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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
Jericho Hill Centre 

4196 W 4th Ave, Vancouver BC, V6R 4J5


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

www.barryrafuse.com

Over the years, I have gone from painting traditional landscapes, seascapes and florals to bold abstracts.  It has been an expressional journey.  Now, I find satisfaction and never ending challenge through abstraction - not an easy task.  I strive to paint something "different" - something which is colourful, bold and thought provoking.  I am influenced by designs that exist in nature.  Cloud formations, rock patterns, snow and frost compositions, magnified foliage patterns, erosion damage all catch my attention.  These dramatic colours, textures and designs are forever unique and so often taken for granted.  

I avoid predictable compositions. I like to push the medium, to take chances and to explore the paintings potential by experimenting with materials and techniques.  Rarely do I have preconceived ideas for an end result.  I like to trust the direction the paint takes and to listen to what the subject wants to become - a painting does evolve with proper handling.  It is this adventure, this challenge to master the process that excites me.  

I use large brushes to keep myself from being too detailed.  I strive for an energetic look by using bold strokes and combining mixed media.  Oil sticks, oil pastels, and scratch marks keep my paintings looking loose.  I like to combine materials, partly for the overall effect but also because of the challenge this provides.  I opt for large surfaces because I can be aggressive and spontaneous. 

My wish is that when a person views one of my paintings from a distance, it will be enjoyed.  When one gets close to the image, new things will be discovered and appreciated. 

 

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Introduction to Relief Printmaking

Cost: CAN$95.00

INSTRUCTOR: Carol McQuaid, AFCASpacer

MEDIUM:  Printmaking

LEVEL:  Beginner 

DAY:  October 1 2018

TIME:  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

LOCATION: Federation Gallery, Vancouver

PRICING: Members $95 / Non-Members $120

 

 

 

 

Come and learn the basics of relief printmaking.  In this session, Carol McQuaid will cover the secrets of a good composition, selecting tools and materials, how to transfer your design to a plate, safe carving techniques, and how to print both in the studio and en plein air.  At the end of the workshop, students will have a completed print and all the knowledge needed to run a whole series of prints at home.  

 

Materials Required:

- Trace paper

- Pencil and eraser

- Black felt pen (Opus essential with two different line thickness are great for this)

- 4x6 or 5x7 unmounted linoleum plate

- One full sheet of Stonehenge or other printmaking paper

- Speedball carving tool with multiple heads*

- Brayer (roller) and a baren or a big wooden spoon*

 

* Speedball makes a kit with a carving tools, and an all-in-one brayer/baren is great for getting started with printmaking 

* Carol will supply the ink for the session

 

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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
Federation Gallery  

1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 4B7


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://carolmcquaid.faso.com/

Canadian artist Carol McQuaid loves what is involved in capturing a scene.  She works on location, carrying her watercolour sketchbook journals on her travels around Vancouver and her frequent adventures further afield.  She is a huge proponent of sketching as a way to wake up and really see the world around us. 

After experimenting with printmaking, she was torn: continue with atmospheric watercolour that she loved or switch to this exciting, bolder medium.  Instead, she decided to do some research and figure out a way to combine them both. 

"I love cities; the stories, the history, the energy.  For me, the combination of relief printmaking and watercolour is a perfect way to capture them.  The printmaking portion acts as the constructed environment, and the watercolour, the more temporary, changeable element". 

Carol is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, with her "Rooftops of Montmarte" linocut/watercolour winning first place in their 2015 Landscape Show.  Her work is held in public and private collections throughout North America and Europe.  She's a self-professed Artist in Residence junkie, part of the Vancouver Collective "13 Feet Off The Ground" and host of the podcast "Two Artists Walk Into a Bar".  Follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram @carolmcquiadart 

 

 

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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

 

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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