2017 News - Taking a break
I'm taking a break from my regularly scheduled
classes for a while to spend time making art in my studio and to
focus on some other projects. However, if you belong to a group
that would like to have me come and present a workshop or two,
please contact me to discuss the possibilities.
coloured pencil classes
Coloured pencil is a versatile medium that's clean, non-toxic
and highly portable, and it offers a wealth of possibilities for
beginners and more experienced artists alike. I have specialized
in coloured pencil throughout my art career and I'm pleased to be
able to share my knowledge in a selection of hands-on workshops.
Each workshop includes a step-by-step handout that helps
you cement the skills you've learned. All workshops use
wax based Prismacolor Premier Soft Core pencils which are readily
available at most art supply stores. You don't need to know
how to draw to benefit from these sessions!
Coloured Pencil Boot Camp
Formerly called "A Fruitful Day: Coloured
Pencil Techniques" this
popular one-day workshop focuses entirely on various techniques
for working with Prismacolor Premier Soft Core coloured pencils.
Learn skills, theories, tips and tools through the completion of a
series of exercises and small drawings. This is an excellent
starting point for coloured pencil beginners, offering a
foundation from which to move forward into other classes and
projects. Those with previous experience can expect to learn new
things. You will work hard in this class! Supplies must be
purchased in advance (a list will be provided).
Learn techniques for working on a tinted background while creating
an image of two cheerful chickadees perched on budding branches. Beginners
will learn valuable skills and those with more experience can
expand their repertoire. Supplies must be purchased in advance (a list will be
The Cat's Meow
This session focuses on capturing the qualities of our feline
companions - their fur, eyes and other features. Shading and
textural techniques will be explored using my cheeky orange cat
Hugo as our subject. Please bring photos of your own cat(s) for
group discussion. Basic techniques will be covered,
making this workshop suitable for beginners as well as those with
more experience. Supplies must be purchased in advance (a list will be
Birds in Coloured Pencil
share my passion for birds in these one-day workshops. You'll
be guided step by step through the process of completing a
coloured-pencil drawing of a bird working from a stock photograph
for reference. Learn techniques
that apply to creating likenesses of birds, including rendering
feathers, eyes and other textures.
Supplies must be purchased in advance (a list will be provided).
This common back-yard
bird posed on a rough log makes a perfect subject for a beginner
or for those interested in learning about techniques for rendering
birds in coloured pencil.
These lively birds with their vivid plumage make a suitable
subject for a beginner or those with some experience.
Great Blue Heron
A majestic heron posed in a watery background makes
an interesting and challenging learning opportunity.
This striking woodpecker perched on a rough tree
trunk offers a challenging opportunity to explore effective ways
to work with black
and achieve a range of textural effects.
Horse Portrait in Coloured Pencil
This cheeky pony makes a great subject to learn about
creating a horse portrait. During this two-day workshop we will
explore his structure, textures and character while applying
techniques you can use in the future for making
lifelike equine portraits. Please bring along photos
of your own horse(s) for discussion. Supplies must be purchased in advance (a list will be
Advanced Coloured Pencil
Take coloured pencil to the next level! This two-day workshop
explores the possibilities of working with coloured pencil on a
textured surface and introduces the concept of working with an
under-painting. Begin with an introduction to techniques and then
move into the step-by-step completion of a drawing of a wild
cougar stalking through its rainforest home. Learn methods to
create depth and tonal values as well as a range of visual
effects. Participants are responsible for purchasing supplies in
advance (a list will be provided).
Open Coloured Pencil Workshop
You choose the subject! Come and work on a project, or a series of projects,
under my experienced guidance. It could be a bird, a pet portrait,
or some other subject that interests you. You must have experience
with basic coloured pencil techniques. The small group setting is the next best thing to a
private session and ensures everyone gets lots of
attention and assistance.
silk painting classes
Hand painted silk is a
wonderful, colourful medium that allows you to make art you can
hang on the wall, wear, or use in a variety of creative ways. I
have more than 25 years of experience working with silk and dyes
and will share what I know during these fun and informative
Silk Painting - The Basics
totally mesmerizing about the way dyes interact with silk! In this hands-on workshop you will
learn about painting on silk using resist and
steam-set dyes (serti method). I will discusses materials,
methods and processes, and demonstrate painting techniques. You
will then will create a
small greeting card sized sample as well as a larger 15"x15"
square that can be framed as a piece of art or turned into such things as a
decorative cushion cover.
No experience is required and
all materials are included. Bring your own ideas or work from one
of my designs.
Silk Scarf Workshop
Join me for this one-day workshop
that focuses entirely on designing and creating a luxurious silk
scarf (11"x60") using resist
and steam-set dyes. Bring your ideas and see them come to life in
a beautiful, wearable piece of art or work from one of my designs.
Advanced Silk Painting
If you have previous experience you may join one of the above
workshops and work independently on a piece of your choosing.
I'll supply the materials (you can choose the size of the silk)
and offer assistance and guidance to help you achieve
your goals. I'll also take care of steaming your finished piece. You must have taken a previous workshop
with me and have an understanding of silk painting techniques.
or call 778-895-0211.
When workshop dates have
been set and registration is available, you may register and securely pay
on line using your credit card in one simple step: just click on the "Add
to Cart" buttons. You don't need a Paypal account - just follow the
instructions to enter your credit card information. Note that 5% GST
applies to all workshop fees.
Alternatively, you may
e-mail or phone at 778-895-0211. Visa and
MasterCard are accepted or you can arrange to mail a cheque.
confirm your registration and reserve your space, fees should be paid in
Supply lists and/or other
instructions will be sent to you via e-mail.
To avoid disappointment,
please don't wait till the last minute to register! Some workshops
fill quickly while others may be cancelled if under-enrolled (cancellation
decisions are made 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop date).
If you're interested in a
workshop that doesn't yet have a date, send an e-mail to be placed on the
mailing list for notification.
If you have paid your
registration fee and must cancel your attendance, refund guidelines
are as follows:
a minimum of 3 weeks notice...
your fee will be refunded
less a $10 charge (per class) to help cover administration costs; or
you can move your
registration fee to another available workshop.
With less that 3 weeks
if your space can
be filled from a waiting list, you have the choice of a refund, less the
$10 (per class) administration fee, or you can move your registration
fee to another available workshop.
if your space
cannot be filled from a waiting list, no refund will be granted but
you can use a portion of your fee towards a future workshop while the
other portion will be retained to offset the value of your empty seat in
All refund requests
will be considered on a case-by-case basis and exceptions to these
guidelines may apply.
If the instructor cancels
your workshop, you have two refund options: