workshops/classes

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    The Joy of Plein Air

    Friday May 23 - Sunday May 25, 9am-4pm

     

    A 3-day outdoor* painting workshop with artist Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPAC

    3 full days (9am-4pm)

    3 locations (near Smithers)

     

    $249 members/$275 non-members

     

     

    Course dates: Friday May 23 - Sunday May 25, 9am-4pm

    Instructor: Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPAC (www.gayeadams.com)

    Skill level: intermediate to advanced oil painters, but also suitable for acrylic and watercolour. Demos will be in oil.

    Enrollment: limited to 10 participants

    Locations: Various locales around Smithers and Telkwa (*indoor locations will be arranged in the event of inclement weather)

    Supply list: see printable PDF attachment at the bottom of this page

    Cost for 3 full days: $249 (members of Smithers Art Gallery), $275 (non-members). Memberships are $25, valid May 1-April 30.

    Registration: Pre-payment is required, register at the gallery during open hours (Tues-Sat, 12-4pm) or by phone with a credit card (847-3898)

    Cancellation Policy: 50% of the registration fee will be refunded only on cancellations made 48hrs or more prior to the workshop

    For more information: 250-847-3898,info@smithersart.org

     

     

    DESCRIPTION

     

    The focus of this course will be to teach students how to paint a convincing landscape from the visual information presented in the field. It requires speed, accuracy, and concentration to render a painting in which the light and atmosphere “read”. I know of no better classroom than the outdoor landscape as it demands your best attention and skill.

     

    Topics such as seeing colors and values accurately, how to mix the right color and value and how to find a solid composition on location will be covered. In addition, instruction on how to arrange your painting gear so that it is portable and light will be discussed.

     

    The course will run for three days, and each day we will paint at a different location. The day will start with a demo (I will be working in oil paint) which I am planning to keep short to allow students an optimum amount of painting time. I would like students to work fairly small, no larger than 8x10 or 9x12, and endeavor to complete two paintings a day. More starts make for the most effective learning experience.

     

    - Gaye Adams

     

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    REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED - register at the gallery

    CANCELLATION POLICY 50% of the registration fee will only be refunded on cancellations made 48hrs or more prior to the workshop

    ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE GALLERY unless otherwise indicated

    DISCOUNTS ARE OFFERED TO MEMBERS
    Memberships are $25, valid April 1 – May 31

     

    Course Descriptions are available in PDF format for printing and download at the bottom of this page

     

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    PLATTER MAKING with Susan Claysmith

     

    When:

    - Monday Feb 24, 6.30-9.30pm (3hr session – building & decorating techniques)

    - Tuesday Feb 25, 6.30-9.30pm (3hr session – building & decorating techniques)

    - Monday Mar 10, 6.30-8.30pm (2hr glazing session - post bisque firing)

    - Tuesday Mar 11, 6.30-8.30pm (2hr glazing session - post bisque firing)

    Level Any experience level

    Location 1960 Hudson Bay Mountain Rd, Smithers

    Fee $90 members/$100 non-members for 4 sessions, materials supplied

     

    Hand build simple platters and other 3-dimensional works in clay, using a variety of hand-building techniques such as shaping and assembling rolled slabs, simple pinching and coil-building methods. We will explore a variety of surface treatments on damp clay, including relief carving and stamping, as well as underglaze and glaze techniques on bisque-fired pieces using brushwork, stencils and resists.

     

    Participants should be able to complete anywhere from four to ten pieces during the workshop. When the final glaze firing is completed, participants will be notified of the pick-up day and time. Directions to the studio as well as a 'what to bring list' of everyday items will be emailed out during the week prior to the first session. Workshop cost is $55 members/$65 non-members per person, plus a materials and firing fee of $35/person which includes clay, glazing materials and firing costs.

     

         

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    LIFE DRAWING with Chris Duncan

     

    When: Mondays March 3, 10, 24 & 31, 6.30-8.30pm (four sessions)

    Level: Beginner & Intermediate (NB: this is an adults workshop, nude models will be used)

    Fee: $70 members/$80 non-members for 4 sessions, materials supplied

     

    Improve your overall drawing/painting/sculpting skills with figure drawing. This series will cover drawing technique, short-pose gesture drawing, modeling form, anatomy basics, and rendering with attention to light and shadow. This class could be extended for 2-4 more weeks if there is interest from participants. If you prefer to use a standing easel and have your own, please bring it as the gallery only has four available.

     

      

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    HAPPY ACCIDENTS with Nikki Laird (acrylic painting)

     

    When Wednesday March 5, 6-9pm

    Level Beginner & Intermediate

    Fee $30 members/$35 non-members, materials supplied

     

    Is the need to paint that perfect picture holding you back from your full potential as an artist, or is it stopping you from even starting? The endless whiteness of that blank canvas can be an intimidating prospect, or it can be an adventure waiting to unfold. Free the adventurer in you with some fun-filled exercises and experimentations that will lead you to new techniques and happy accidents. Burst outside your comfort zone by using a spatula instead of a paint brush, or a drip instead of a stroke, without worrying about the end result.

     

      

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    NEEDLE FELTING with Lori Knorr

     

    When Thursday March 6, 6-9pm

    Level Any experience level

    Fee $30 members/$35 non-members, materials supplied

     

    Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibres to form a more condensed material - it creates felt without the use of water. We will be creating a felt "painting" or a 3-dimensional object. This class could be extended for another session if there is interest from participants. Bring an idea/image to work from.

     

         

     

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    COLOUR ME CRAZY with Nikki Laird (acrylic painting)

     

    When Sunday March 9, 1pm-4pm

    Level Beginner/Intermediate

    Fee $30 members/$35 non-members, materials supplied

     

    Learn to lighten and darken colours without using white or black to create richer and more luminous paintings. By the end of this class you will have explored the possibilities and the power of colour to convey a mood or an attitude, make a statement or whisper an idea. You will understand the difference between monochromatic, complementary and analogous colour schemes and how to create a painting using one of these themes.

     

      

     

     


    These workshops are brought to you at a reduced cost thanks to the generous support of Babine Animal Hospital