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Details for "Arbutus Seascape - Watercolour Workshop with Frank Townsley"

Sunday 22nd September2019_Fall_Townsley

10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

"Arbutus Seascape"

A Watercolour Workshop

with Frank Townsley

Multi-purpose Room 2

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1

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Members: $150.00

Non-Members: $180.00

Suitable for Active and AFCA Members


If you're looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday, and come away with a finished watercolour painting, this "one shot" workshop with Frank is for you.


All supplies, brushes, paint, tools and paper are included in the price so you can paint along with Frank to recreate an Arbutus Seascape.


Workshop Overview


This workshop depicts a close-up view of an arbutus tree with the Gulf Islands in the background, and some small, closer, cresting waves.  All painting supplies will be provided for, including a working photo and enlargement for tracing purposes.


Workshop Objectives

In this workshop several techniques will be demonstrated that will be applicable to some of the painting features. This includes how to illustrate distant islands, reflections of the nearest island, cresting waves in the foreground (achieved through a scratching technique with an x-acto knife), and lastly, how to achieve the shading gradations utilizing several different colours on the tree trunk.



 About the Instructor -

Frank Townsley


"I am an avid naturalist and traveler who loves to document life's experiences in photography and painting. I was born in Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1970, and in 1979 I graduated with honours from the Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, California. I freelance in photography and painting and teach both through private clubs, senior centres, and at a variety of venues throughout the greater Vancouver area.

I still live in the Vancouver area and travel as much as I can to experience what nature has to offer. I have worked on cruise ships and still take my painting/photography students on an annual cruise to Alaska where I offer watercolour lessons on the ship while at sea.

I have written a book on British Columbia, titled 'British Columbia - Graced by Nature's Palette'. It depicts my province's scenery, flora and fauna, and includes several of my watercolour paintings as well, for which I have received a flattering endorsement from wildlife artist Robert Bateman.



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

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.

Course Cost & Status

  • CAN$150.00
  • CAN$180.00 with Non-Member
Spots Available:
5+ spots available
Registration Open Since:
2019-04-16 00:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2019-09-20 23:59:00
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