Drawing for Dummies . . . "a really, really basic drawing tutorial" - with FRED OSTHER
May
27
May 28

Drawing for Dummies . . . "a really, really basic drawing tutorial" - with FRED OSTHER

Okay, you have been asking for this, so here it is! This is drawing concepts 101, nothing figurative, no abstract concepts . . . this is keeping it simple . . . one point, two point and three point perspective, general composition, light values etc. These are all of the basic drawing skills required to be a representational artist . . . the building blocks and cornerstone of what we do as painters.

This is a two, half day course - short and sweet. Four hours per day. Fred Osther will be your instructor  - a fine gentleman, a very fine artist, and a fabulous teacher. The two days will be $150 incl. taxes. You will need only a few very basic supplies - the list will be supplied upon registration.

This mini workshop will be capped at ten people, so please book early as IT WILL fill quickly.

Phone 604-250-5562 to book or use the contact feature on the home page

 

 

 

 

 

Topics

  1. Day 1 - Introduction - 1/2 hour

  2. The Right Size (Proportion) 1 1/2 hours

  3. The Right Place (Composition) 1 1/2 hours

  4. Day 2 - Review - 1/2 hour

  5. The Right Shape and 3D Illusion (Values) 1/12 hours

  6. Capture the Moment (Gestural Drawing) 1 1/2 hours

"LOOSENING UP" . . . acrylic alchemy with PERRY HADDOCK . . .
Jun
10
Jun 11

"LOOSENING UP" . . . acrylic alchemy with PERRY HADDOCK . . .

Loose and Lively Acrylics           Perry Haddock, SFCA

The primary goal of this workshop is to encourage participants to approach landscape painting with an experimental attitude and the idea that, “It’s only ten bucks worth of materials . . .  Have some fun.” That isn’t to say that painting doesn’t require  knowledge of the principles of design and some discipline to apply them.  However, sometimes the anxiety of thinking we have to produce a “finished product” often results in tight drawing, tight brushwork, and slavish attention to photo sources.  Instead, let’s aim to challenge ourselves to “loosen up.”  Along the way, we’ll talk about composition, values, and colour as they apply to our paintings.

 

Participants are encouraged to bring several landscape photos as references.  The majority of the time will be spent painting, so make sure you have enough photos, canvasses, and snacks! 

To reserve a space in this workshop, call the studio at (604) 250-5562, or use the contact feature on the main page and send us an e-mail. A supply list and further information regarding the workshop will be provided upon registration. $250 including taxes

To reserve a space in this workshop, call the studio at (604) 250-5562, or use the contact feature on the main page and send us an e-mail. A supply list and further information regarding the workshop will be provided upon registration. $250 including taxes

BARRY RAFUSE . . . Succumb to abstraction!
Jul
15
Jul 16

BARRY RAFUSE . . . Succumb to abstraction!

This two day course instructed by renowned abstract painter Barry Rafuse, is designed for artists wishing to explore painting in abstraction.  Participants will be encouraged to combine art materials (mixed media) and to experiment - always for the purpose of producing "surprises".   Artists will be encouraged to approach their paintings loosely and playfully.  This will be an opportunity to paint without rules and restrictions and to explore.  Splattering, scratching and smearing could be a good thing!  It will be a time to relax and have fun while at the same time seriously work toward completing a strong painting.   Demonstrations will be given will be offered throughout the weekend. Suitable for artists of all levels however some experience would certainly be an advantage. 

$250 for the weekend. A comprehensive supply list will be provided upon registration. Please call the studio@ 604-250-5562 to register. Limited to 10 only participants    

$250 for the weekend. A comprehensive supply list will be provided upon registration. Please call the studio@ 604-250-5562 to register. Limited to 10 only participants

 

 

DENE CROFT . . .  Bending Light - The Urban Landscape
Jul
29
Jul 30

DENE CROFT . . . Bending Light - The Urban Landscape

Saturday, July 29th and Sunday July 30th . . . 10am until 4pm - both days.

At least 3 years have passed since I have hosted one of these workshops and I have been told that it is about time I did another, so . . .  bring a photo of your favourite house, cottage, cityscape etc. and we'll spend the weekend exploring colour and composition and create something extraordinary from the everyday and ordinary; bending lines and distorting perspective to create a whimsical interpretation of your favourite urban scene. 

During this two day workshop we will also be covering a little art history (just the juicy stuff), basic principles of drawing and perspective, which products to use and which to leave on the shelf, tips and techniques used in building a professional quality painting  using traditional master techniques - how those techniques can be successfully employed by you to build your contemporary masterpiece! . . .lastly -  galleries and marketing and pricing your art (for those who are interested).

This workshop will be open to all levels however it is more suited to intermediate and advanced painters. If you consider yourself a beginner, you will do  fine but some painting experience is necessary. During the workshop I will be doing lots of demos and as always, there will be plenty of hand-holding should you need it . . .nobody gets left behind! Refreshments will be provided . . . just bring your paints (acrylic or oil), a canvas formatted to fit your subject ( no larger than 24 x 30 please) and a good quality subject photo (a few choices would be good), your lunch and an open mind. 

The class will be limited to 10 participants, so if you would like to reserve a space please do so a.s.a.p as these workshops generally fill within a few days. Please call the studio or reply to this e-mail to register . . .(604) 250-5562 and send payment of $250 by the 20th of July to Dene Croft at

Dene Croft studios and gallery

118 Pemberton avenue

North Vancouver, BC

V7P2R5

Pablo Ruben - Modern Spanish watercolour master
Aug
5
Aug 6

Pablo Ruben - Modern Spanish watercolour master

 
 
Two days only -  Spanish modern master . . .  
                           
                               PABLO RUBEN

Outright coincidence and some very fortunate timing has allowed us the privilege of hosting a two day workshop with this incredible watercolour master.

Mr Ruben is in Canada briefly to host two workshops in the United States, and has agreed to run a two day workshop before his return to Spain late August. This is guaranteed to be a world class experience ,as there are very few artists internationally with this level of ability, both as teacher and a painter.

 
 
 
                       
Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th, 10 am until 4pm, both days.

Cost $250. 

light refreshments provided, supply list provided upon registration.
Please phone the studio to book or use the contact feature on the main page. The cut off date for payment and registration is the 26th of July.
Further information about Pablo Ruben is available on his website, http://www.pabloruben.com
         

Dene Croft studios
118 Pemberton avenue
North Vancouver
V7P2R5
ph 604-250-5562
Dominik Modlinski . . .The great western landscape
Nov
4
Nov 5

Dominik Modlinski . . .The great western landscape

Join Dominik again for a two day exploration in colour, light and the western landscape. Using a limited palette ( three primaries only) Dominik will demonstrate how he builds texture and luminosity in his beautiful oil landscapes. We will continue building on the concepts from the first workshop and introduce two more colour contrast theories.

The aim of the second workshop is to give students an expanded repertoire of painting tools in order to create thoughtful and intelligent compositions.

This workshop is open to both oil and acrylic mediums however is best suited to artists working in oil.

While Dominik is principally a plein-air painter and will be discussing in depth the techniques that he employs when painting in the wilderness, this workshop will be held in the expansive new studio in north Vancouver. 

Two days, November 5th and 6th, 10am until 4pm

Cost: $250

All inquiries and advanced bookings to Denecroft@gmail.com or contact the studio for through the contact feature on the front page

Dene Croft  . . . absolute beginners
Dec
2
Dec 3

Dene Croft . . . absolute beginners

             Absolute beginners. . .  a two day workshop with DENE CROFT

 

 

. . . For those of you that have been wanting to try your hand at painting in oil but are not sure where to start

 

. . . For those with some past experience but feel the need for a bit of a creative leg-up

 

. . . For those that wanted to take the 2015 "101" workshop but couldn't . . . 
 

 

Once a year I take time out to offer a two day, step by step work-up in oil painting designed specifically with novice painters in mind and designed to take the mystery out of the medium and give you the shot of confidence that you need to tackle your own projects . . .

 

All materials provided; paint, canvases, brushes, mediums, refreshments . . . Just bring yourselves, an open mind and a willingness to learn and I will take you by the hand and walk you through the processes that I employ in building my paintings . . . 

All levels are welcome however this workshop is designed for artists with little or no experience . Limited to 10 participants only


 

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 and Sunday December 4th 2016
 

 

DENE CROFT STUDIOS
118 PEMBERTON AVENUE
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
V7P2R5

PHONE 604-250-5562

 

 

COST . . . $250 (includes all supplies, applicable taxes and refreshments)

 

please register by calling the studio or using the contact feature on the main page.

 


Alan Wylie . . . "Dry brush technique in oil and acrylic"
May
20
May 21

Alan Wylie . . . "Dry brush technique in oil and acrylic"

Saturday the 20th of May and Sunday the 21st of May, 10am until 4pm

A two day workshop with master painter Alan Wylie exploring the methods and techniques that he uses in building his remarkable landscapes in acrylic and oil - $250 for the two days

Alan will spend the weekend with you demonstrating  his unique ability to create moody, atmospheric paintings using the 'dry brush" technique . . . 

Drybrush is a painting technique in which a paint brush that is relatively dry, but still holds paint, is used. Load is applied to a dry support such as paper or primed canvas. The resulting brush strokes have a characteristic scratchy look that lacks the smooth appearance that washes or blended paint commonly have.

This workshop is open to both acrylic and oil painters

Bring an image of your choice ( landscape, seascape, urban landscape, still life etc) your brushes, paints and canvases. A comprehensive supply list will be provided upon registration. 

Call the studio @ 604-250-5562 to book or send an email using the contact feature

Gaye Adams . . . Daily painting
Apr
29
Apr 30

Gaye Adams . . . Daily painting

Daily Painting with Gaye Adams

Saturday, April 29th and Sunday April 30th

The eye sees far more accurately than the camera lens does, and the practice of working from a three dimensional subject matter as opposed to a two dimensional photo reference is a difficult yet highly rewarding experience. It is the super highway  sharpening your painting skills.  It is scales and arpeggios for the artists eye.  Our ability to see accurately is like a muscle; it atrophies when we do not use it, which is why the practice of working regularly from life improves our painting and drawing abilities dramatically.  There is no model to pay, no mosquitos or wind to distract us, so this method of training the eye is both convenient and effective.  It’s also fun.

In this course, all painting is done from small still life set ups – each student sets up and lights their own still life arrangement -  and paints on small supports; nothing bigger than 6X8”.  The goal is to paint exactly what you see, not in a tight fashion, but in an authentic and accurate way, seeing the correct tonal, color, and spatial relationships.   If there is anything you are not seeing accurately, the painting will inform you immediately – which is why it is such great training.

A medium in which it is easy to make changes works best, which is why I suggest oils or pastels because both mediums remain workable throughout the painting process.  I will be working in oils but artists in other mediums are welcome to join in – instruction will focus around drawing, composition, color mixing, seeing the correct tones, etc.  

In this workshop, the day will begin with a demo by the instructor, and then students will start on their own small paintings and should get  one or two  paintings done each day. Fundamentals such as composition, drawing, tonality,  and color mixing will all be covered.

$250 for the weekend. Please call the studio at 604-250-5562 to book or use the contact feature on the main page.

DEBORAH TILBY . . . back in the studio again!
Apr
8
Apr 9

DEBORAH TILBY . . . back in the studio again!

I love Deborah's work . . . loose, impressionistic, fresh and painterly; her beautiful compositions and painterly style hit every mark in with respect to building  paintings in the high impressionist style. This is an oil workshop - a weekend of discovery and sharing of Deborah's extensive knowledge and experience. A little about the artist in Deborah's own words . . . 

 

I am a representational painter who works both in the studio and in the field.  Most often I am attracted first by the light and shadows which I want to capture in a simple and painterly manner, and then by textures and detail; my struggle is to find a balance between the two. It is something I am always working towards, always seeking to 'loosen up' yet still capture some of the detail that interests me. Although each painting, each subject, asks for its own approach and treatment.  
I was eighteen when I did my first painting, a watercolour, and I was hooked.  Watercolour captivated me for the next 25 years.  I lived in England for part of that time and was passionate about painting European street scenes,  attracted by the textures and subtle colours of old stone and brick and the narrow streets offering interesting perspectives.
I now live on the west coast of British Columbia and have been working in oil for many years, still painting buildings and streets but also exploring the local landscape and getting out to the many beaches, finding inspiration in boats, marinas and the sea. I am passionate about my work; I truly love it and paint every day.  Painting is a challenge, but always fascinating and deeply fulfilling.

To reserve an easel in this workshop, please call the studio at 604-250-5562 or email by hitting the contact button on the main page. . . . Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th, 10am until 4.30pm. cost . . .$250 including taxes

Ann Willsie . . . the impressionistic landscape
Mar
18
Mar 19

Ann Willsie . . . the impressionistic landscape

Painting the Impressionistic Landscape
with Ann Willsie

 

This two day workshop is designed for beginners and intermediate students who want to learn how to loosen up -  all mediums welcome. Ann works in oils, but you are welcome to bring acrylics/watercolors, pastels, etc.

Each day will begin with a brief talk about painting challenges, how and where to get inspired, andovercoming the fear of the blank canvas. All questions are welcomed about the process of painting and any issues/problems you may face.

Choosing the right photo for your painting is key, and we will talk about the compositional challenges, overall design and tonal values of the images chosen for our painting.

A live demo will follow, starting with the underpainting, sketching in the composition and where to go from there. Ann will also be demonstrating how using different brushstrokes can help you to loosen up your style and become more impressionistic.

You will be spending most of the day painting, so please bring lots of images to choose from, as well as all your materials.  Attached is a supply list for your information – this is only a guideline – please feel free to bring your own favorite brushes/paints.

I recommend that you bring  some large canvasses to the class – it is easier to paint a larger painting and will help to loosen you up , and most importantly, to have fun doing it.

 

                                                        MATERIALS

·       Images to paint from – please bring a variety of photos to choose from

·       Canvasses –  I encourage you to try something on the larger size (24 x 30 max)

·       Various Brushes – your favorites

·       Paints – My palette consists of these Oil Paints: Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizaron Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow,  Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, and Dioxazine Purple – please feel free to use your own palette of colors

·       Paper Towel and saran wrap

·       Jar with lid for water/mineral spirits

·       Palette

 

Please phone the studio to make a reservation - 604-250-5562, or use the contact feature on the main page.

Cost: $250 inclusive. Payments can be made in person, by mailing a cheque, or e-transfer to denecroft@gmail.com.

Leanne Christie . . . the urban landscape in oil
Feb
25
Feb 26

Leanne Christie . . . the urban landscape in oil

Leanne christie - the urban landscape

 

This advanced workshop is about one thing: Understanding the language of oil painting: Concept, Colour, Contrast, Brushstroke and Complexity.  You will hopefully feel challenged as this workshop doesn't deal with the technical aspects of oil painting nor is it a how to.  This weekend is for the brave who are comfortable feeling lost and for the curious who don't mind pushing themselves as they strive to understand more about the sentences which their brushes create.  The 2 days are designed to heighten your awareness of the strengths of your medium, understand your viewers triggers, be conscious of the evolution of the painting and to troubleshoot your way to a painting which uniquely reflects your aesthetic.

 This is the workshop for you if you're feeling a little trapped or repetitious in your work or if you are simply looking for a way to be looser and freer in your approach to painting.  Leanne specializes in oil paint and can impart a deep knowledge of the abstract qualities of oils but acrylic artists are welcome to attend (please email leanne@leannechristie.com ahead of the workshop if you plan to use acrylics) 

 

 

SUPPLY LIST FOR ATTENDEES

 

Leanne will supply the urban landscape photographic reference.

 Colours:

Please bring the colours that you are comfortable with and which fit the 3 important requirements listed below:

 

·      RYB palette which consists of a warm and cool of each colour

·      Include a vibrant medium green

·      Paints should be low cost 200ml tubes 

Please call or use the contact function on the main page to make reservations. Space is limited to ten participants $250 inclusive. Ph. 604-250-5562

Renaissance atelier drawing with Mark Anthony
Jan
2
Mar 6

Renaissance atelier drawing with Mark Anthony

Classical Drawing with Mark Anthony . . . August 2014 through December 2016,

Guest artist/instructor Mark Anthony will be hosting a comprehensive drawing course for all levels. Subscriptions will be available in four week blocks for $180 and are renewable at $160 thereafter and for the remainder of the course. 

 

This is a practical and inspiring drawing course based on old masters examples as they illustrate key disciplines in observation and drawing. Designed specifically with painters and the advancement of painting skills in mind, the four weeks will be filled with exercises in:

 

- Contour measuring and drawing

- Analyzing and copying significant masterworks

- Light form and value studies using sculptures

- Key aspects of anatomy

 

Solid principles will teach how to see through the eyes of understanding and to render the subject with simplicity, grace and visual power.  All levels welcome . . .even if you are a novice and have had no experience drawing.  This is a four week course hosted by master graphite artist Mark Anthony

Beginning with drapery studies from Leonardo and Michelangelo we will move forward through time exploring great paintings and sculptures of Europe.  Using drapery models and demos you will learn the magnificent compositional aspect of drapery by the great masters and their understanding of the natural dependency on the underlying form.  They left nothing to chance.  

 

Much like sculpture drawing, this study relies heavily on an understanding of the behavior of light, shadow, volume and form. As a compositional study, you will learn to exploit the nature of fabric to idealize the proportional beauty of the underlying figure and demonstrate the superior value of drawing from the standpoint of understanding as well as observation.

 

Bring your favorite anatomy book.  We will reverse engineer each drawing example and rebuild it anatomically and proportionally.

 

 

6pm until 9pm, beginning Monday, August 28th 2015

Dene Croft studios

 

Space will be limited to 8 artists so if you would like to book a place in this course phone the studio at  (604)250-5562      or reply to this e-mail, and forward a cheque made out to Dene Croft in the amount of $180 (includes taxes) and send to the studio at the address below.

Dene Croft studios
118 Pemberton avenue

North vancouver, BC

V7P2R5
ph (604) 250-5562



 

Demystifying portrait figure - master technique in contemporary portrait painting
Nov
26
Nov 27

Demystifying portrait figure - master technique in contemporary portrait painting

Demystifying  portrait/figure

                         . . . 

master technique in contemporary portrait painting

. . . a two day workshop with Dene Croft exploring the methods and master techniques employed in building  portraits and figure studies in oil and acrylic. . .

This workshop deals principally with the palette and mixing flesh tones, the importance of under-paint - full instruction and demonstrations on building your portrait

 from the under paint or Grisaille, to the finished piece (. . . lots of hand holding - nobody gets left behind!) Using elements of abstraction to create mood and ambiance.

Two consecutive Saturdays -  Saturday the 26th of November and Sunday the 27th of November

10am until 4pm

Cost . . . $250 including taxes

Bring your lunch (some refreshments supplied), your prepared canvas (gessoed and lightly sanded)  your brushes and palette and most importantly, a very clear 8x10 colour photo of your subject. We will provide the paint, mediums etc.

We will be covering topics from lighting and shooting your subjects, the importance of pre-studies, composition and preparing your canvas, incorporating other mediums into your portrait

, mixing colour, setting up the palette, Grisaille and other master techniques. We will also cover a little art history and discuss the "rogues gallery" of history's portrait painters. . .a bit of a who's-who; an in-depth look at what they really got up to in their studios; their relationships with apprentices and popes, and the many and varied cheats, tricks and techniques that they employed in their painting.

Space will be limited to 10 artists so if you would like to book a place, phone the studio at

604-250-5562 and forward a cheque made out to Dene Croft, in the amount of $250 and send to the studio no later than November 20th

 N.B . . . as we generally maintain a waiting list for this event, we  must insist on early registration as we are no longer able to accept payments on the day of the workshop.

Dene Croft studios

118 Pemberton avenue

North Vancouver, BC

V7P2R5

Phone

604-250-5562

Katia workshop demo 12x12 -11
Vitamin X 20x20 - 14 4
Susie Cipolla . . .acrylic alchemy
Nov
12
Nov 13

Susie Cipolla . . .acrylic alchemy

“CREATIVE SKILL BUILDING IN ACRYLIC”

 Over the many years that I have known her, Susie has worked incredibly hard at honing her craft and mastering her medium, and is now possibly one of the best acrylic painters that I know. This will mark her first workshop in my studio, however she is a seasoned teacher, and has attended dozens of workshops with some of the finest artists in north America - she could now certainly call those artist/instructors her peers.

About the workshop . . . 

Your painting skills are built by practicing and training and by challenging yourself with new techniques and ideas. This intermediate level acrylic workshop will help you do just that.

We will spend two full days on fun and challenging drills and exercises involving speed, limited palette, limited and expressive brush strokes, tool use, different grounds and more.

 $250 for the two days. Please call the studio to book or use the contact feature on the home page. Regiistration is confirmed in receipt of payment no later than November 4 2016

 

 

Janice Robertson! . . . painting the dramatic still life in acrylic
Oct
1
Oct 2

Janice Robertson! . . . painting the dramatic still life in acrylic

Dramatic still Life in Acrylics with Janice Robertson

Saturday, Oct 1st & Sunday, Oct 2nd, 2016    

 

This workshop will present techniques for the elements of still life, including flowers, fruit and glass. Reference images will be supplied or participants can chose to work from their own images. The class will include critique, demos and lots of one to one instruction. The class is suitable for painters at any level of experience.

Janice is both friend, and very well respected artist. She is a FABULOUS teacher - I have been wanting to have her teach a workshop for years however the timing has never worked for us . . .but it did this time, and I am very happy to finally have her in my studio.

This workshop will be photo reference based and you will have the option of working from a copy of the image that Janice will be basing her demo on, or working from your own image.

$250 incl. tax, both days. a comprehensive supply list will be provided upon registration. Register by phone at 604-250-5562 or by using the contact function on the main page

Lalita Hamill . . .
Sep
24
Sep 25

Lalita Hamill . . .

"Brushwork Essentials - Clouds, Rocks and Water"
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 24-25, 2016
Time: 10 am until 4pm both days


Lalita will provide a step-by-step series of exercises and studies in which participants will learn about brush technique while painting a variety of clouds, rocks and water.  We will begin by identifying the natural visual patterns created by tonal values, shapes, and textures, followed by instructor demos and extensive hands-on practice.  Techniques will include the following: brush grips, effective loading and appropriate consistency of paint, and application techniques such as pressure, strokes, dry brushing, blending and glazing.  Attention will also be given to creating a mood and eye flow by creating a variety of hard, soft, lost and found edges.  

This course can be for anyone using acrylics, open acrylics, or oils.  

Supply list:
Enough canvas to complete 12 small (5”x7” and 8”x10” studies), which could be in the form of:
-    A pad of canvas paper sheets, or
-    loose gessoed canvas (rolled, and can cut to size in class), or
-    large canvases on which we will ‘tape off’ smaller areas to do studies, or
-    canvas boards or stretched canvases, 6 of each size

Acrylic painters will need a small bottle of acrylic gloss glazing medium, Golden brand.

With respect to all other supplies, please just bring what you have.  There is no need to buy anything new.  However, if you do not have any supplies, the oil colours I will be using are the following.  I have placed a star by the ‘must-have’s’ if you do not yet own any paint:
-    Titanium white*
-    Yellow ochre*
-    Cad yellow medium*
-    Hansa yellow (or lemon yellow)
-    Cereulean blue*
-    Cobalt blue
-    Ultramarine blue*
-    Payne’s Grey (optional)
-    Burnt Sienna*
-    Cadmium red light
-    Cadmium red medium
-    Alizarin Crimson
-    Burnt Umber*
-    Raw Umber

Maria Josenhans - atmospheric landscapes . . .
Jun
25
Jun 26

Maria Josenhans - atmospheric landscapes . . .

Maria Josenhans . . . atmospheric landscapes in oil

Join Maria for a two day adventure in painting moody, atmospheric landscapes in oil. Learn how to mix a variety of different greens, warm and cool greys. This is a workshop best suited to intermediate and more advanced painters. While this workshop involve some plein air techniques, your weekend will be spent in the expansive new studio in North Vancouver.  Maria will introduce colour theory and mixing colours with a focus on greys and greens and will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

$250 for the two days. Supply list available upon registration.

 "The Serenity series"  seascapes in watercolour with Kiff Holland
Jun
18
Jun 19

"The Serenity series" seascapes in watercolour with Kiff Holland

            "The serenity series"

         reflective seascapes      in watercolour with Kiff Holland

 

based of Kiff's wildly successful "Serenity" paintings published by Canadian art prints in the 1990'; - This two day workshop with Kiff at the Dene Croft studios, Saturday June 18th  and Sunday June 19th, 9.30am until 4.30 pm
 

Absolutely all levels of experience welcome in this technique based, information packed weekend  workshop. This will be a step by step weekend of instruction focusing on building convincing reflections and dramatic skies. Bring your brushes, paints and paper and lunch; we will provide the subject material and light refreshments. a more comprehensive supply list will be provided upon registration

 

$250 including taxes.

 

Register with Dene at 604-250-5562 and mail payment by June 1st or drop by the studio

 

Dene Croft studios

118 Pemberton ave

north Vancouver, b.c

V7P2R5

 

Please note that the cut off date for registration of  this workshop will be June 1st, 2016

 

Gaye Adams . . .plein air
Apr
23
Apr 24

Gaye Adams . . .plein air

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   Gaye Adams . . . plein air

                     The perfect Spring workshop . . . 

    Saturday April 23rd and Sunday April 24th, 10 am until 4.30pm, both days

In this two day workshop Gaye  will demonstrate her plein air approach  within the comfort of the studio.  She will talk about the pitfalls and the payoffs encountered while painting in the field, describe the basics for gearing up for your first plein air experience, and demonstrate a sound approach for painting outdoors.



Students will paint from photo references using an alla prima (direct painting, all in one sitting) approach in oils, learning how to get down the essential  color, value and shape relationships within the first half hour of painting following Gaye’s approach to working in the field.

 

 

Painting outdoors is challenging but deeply rewarding.  It is a huge skill builder, and a great adventure. Let Gaye help you to shorten the learning curve so you can get out there are start your love affair with painting outdoors.

This workshop will be limited to 10 participants only. A comprehensive supply list will be provided upon registration. Registration can be made by calling the number below or replying to this email.

Payment may be made by mailing a cheque to the address below, payable to Dene Croft, by e-transfer, or credit card and cash payment in person. $250 incl. taxes, both days.

Dene Croft studio and gallery
118 Pemberton avenue
North Vancouver
V7P2R5
ph. (604)250-5562

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encaustic photo alteration . . . Shary bartlett
Apr
16
Apr 17

Encaustic photo alteration . . . Shary bartlett

 . . . And now for something a little different  . . .a two day adventure in photo manipulation with Shary Bartlett . . .  course outline below

From Photo to Fine Art

 Liberate those beautiful photos stored away on your computer, cell phone or in a dusty box! Discover how to transform inkjet, digital and commercially processed photos into lush, hand-painted acrylic, watercolour and pastel artworks. You will learn fine art techniques to print, colour, distress, and alter photos, so they possess the magical qualities of both photograph and fine art.  Explore a variety of methods to transfer and print inkjet images to papers, metal, glass and fabric.

 All supplies are provided by the instructor for an additional $40 + GST supplies fee. Students who prefer to use their own images are welcome to bring any photographs (up to 8 x10) of any type, colour or printing method. 

 

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the cost for this two day workshop is $220 plus a $40 supply fee. A more comprehensive description of the course will be provided upon registration. 

Registration by phone at 604-250-5562 or by using the contact feature and sending an email. The cut off for payment and registration is April 12, 2016.

Please make you cheque payable to Dene Croft and mail to the address below

Dene Croft studios and gallery

118 Pemberton avenue

North Vancouver

V7P2R5

 


Andrew McDermott . . . expressive acrylics
Mar
26
Mar 27

Andrew McDermott . . . expressive acrylics

Master acrylic artist Andrew McDermott is coming to the Dene Croft studio for a two day only workshop focusing on building quick study, expressive acrylics

 

Saturday March 26, 2016 and Sunday March 27th, 2016


Andy will explain the unique techniques that he employs in building his beautiful paintings, focusing principally on his small works.


If you are looking for inspiration and a creative leg; if you would like to "loosen-up"- paint more expressively or if you would like to try a new medium with a master artist, this is definitely an opportunity that you won't want to miss . . .  


Saturday,10am until 4pm

Sunday 10am until 4pm


Refreshments provided.

Please call Dene at604-250-5562 to book or contact the studio via the contact page.  

$250 for the weekend

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Suzanne Northcott . . . eggs,nests and feathers . . .
Mar
12
Mar 13

Suzanne Northcott . . . eggs,nests and feathers . . .

Biography

Suzanne Northcott is an interdisciplinary artist working with installation, video, painting and drawing.  She is interested in the shifting place where one thing becomes another, studying dreams and meditation and themes of transformation, decay, metamorphosis and migration.  This interest in the space between also manifests in her continuing history of collaborative work with poets, scientists and artists in other genres.

Northcott’s work is held in numerous collections including the Surrey Art Gallery’s public collection.  She is a sought-after lecturer and instructor; as workshop leader Suzanne often combines international cultural excursions with painting and yoga instruction.  She has been guest instructor at UBC, Capilano University, York University, Trinity Western University and the Langley Fine Arts School.

Recent publications include White Album (Innana Publications) a volume of Northcott’s paintings and Rishma Dunlop’s poetry launched in the fall of 2009.

 

In this workshop we will use the imagery of nest, feathers and eggs to explore mark making and surface texture with acrylics. You are welcome to introduce mixed media to your work if you wish. Each day will consist of short demos and lectures and lots of time to work on your own with Suzanne’s help. You will provide your own images or objects to work from. Note: Each student will be working in the materials of their choice and should bring what they are accustomed to working with and what they want to explore. The following is a guideline only: -Acrylic paints -Palette -Small containers for mixing paint -Selection of brushes -Gesso -Acrylic Medium – gel or liquid, gloss or matte -Stretched canvas, cradled wood panels or Masonite boards -Rags -Source material to jump off from (drawings, photos, ideas, objects) -Sketchbook or notebook -Drawing materials (graphite, charcoal, pastel, etc.) -Mixed media materials (metal leaf, collage) -photocopies for image transfer (please take the time to research a source that will work, i.e.., toner rather than ink) - Specialized acrylic mediums such as self leveling gel, tar gel, texture medium -Applicator for texture medium (wide scraper or trowel) -“fineline” applicator bottles for line work

Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13 2016

Cost $250 inclusive

Please make your booking by contacting the studio using the contact feature on the front page, or calling the studio at (604)250-5562. Registration and payment must be made by March 5th 2016

"expressive portraits - animated figure studies" . . . Dene Croft
Jan
30
Jan 31

"expressive portraits - animated figure studies" . . . Dene Croft

Portraits . . . a bit of a dirty word for many artists - the intimidation factor is high, the genre itself, often considered a bit stuffy and possibly even a little irrelevant in this century. 

Lets call them "human studies" rather than portraits. Human studies with ambiance and a touch of attitude. The building of a successful portrait is steeped in technique and the mystery and intimidation factor, once removed makes this a fun an incredibly rewarding process.

Working from your well lit photograph, I will spend two days with you building a successful portrait from the ground up - lots of hand holding here and lots of demos throughout the weekend. We're going to turn the clock back 500 years and explore four master techniques - grisaille, alla prima, sfumatto and glazing.

This is fun stuff . . . really!

$240 including taxes

Call the studio at 604-250-5562, or use the contact feature on the contact page to book

"In the footsteps of the masters" Edgar Degas . . . with Mark Anthony
Sep
26
Sep 27

"In the footsteps of the masters" Edgar Degas . . . with Mark Anthony

  • Dene Croft studios

We honor the great 19th century French master Edgar Degas, who turned the art world on its head by defining beauty in the most expressive way through impressionistic depictions of classical dance at the Paris opera ballet.

Join Mark Anthony as he leads you into a live model study in poetic realism using dancers in traditional poses and positions. This relaxed workshop builds upon the principles underlying the great visual understanding of the classically trained Degas and his powerful way of expressing his love of the human form.

Each entrant will enjoy brief lectures on basic drawing, light, form, proportion, anatomy, drapery and composition.

Afterwards, each artist will work in the medium of their style and choice.

Saturday, September 26 and Sunday September 27, 10am until 4pm both days.

$240 . Please register for this workshop no later than September 20, 2015

Call Dene at (604)250-5562 to book and forward a cheque in the amount of $240 to the address below.

Dene Croft studios

303-106 west 1st street,

north Vancouver, BC

V7M1A9

Perspective drawing 101 with Kiff Holland
Apr
27
Jun 8

Perspective drawing 101 with Kiff Holland

                    Perspective 101!
             
with Kiff Holland

                   

This is perhaps the most essential of the drawing programs - if you have an interest in developing your drawing techniques to advance your painting, or are simply interested in building a foundation of understanding in the fundimentals of perspective drawing - this is definately your best first step. 
 

- Establishing horizon

- Parallel Perspective - 1 Point

- Oblique Perspective - 2 Point

- Ariel Perspective - 3 Point

 

 

- Cubes, Circles, Cylinders, Cones, Spheres, etc. in perspective

- Dividing depth into equal parts

- Drawing elevated planes in perspective

- Drawing curved planes in perspective

 

 

- Shadows in perspective

- Reflections in perspective

 

- Interior and exterior architectural examples

- Drawing figures in linear space

- Floor Plan Projection

- A bit of cool history . . . Canaletto, Uccello and da Vinci.

we know that it all sounds very technical but this is afun course - lots of hand holding 

All of my painting students (you know who you are!) that have been struggling with perspective - this course is the one that we have been talking about.


    Six consecutive Monday evenings beginning Monday April 27th
  7pm until 9pm.
  Cost - $220
  Instructor: Kiff Holland

Please call the studio or contact me through this website if you would like to reserve a place for this course, and mail a cheque made out to Dene Croft in the amount of $220 to the address below before April 20, 2015 


Holland Croft studios
303/106 west 1st street,
North Vancouver, BC
V7M1A9

Absolute beginners . . . "oils 101" with Dene Croft
Mar
28
10:00 am10:00

Absolute beginners . . . "oils 101" with Dene Croft

                ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS . . . a ONE DAY WORKSHOP with DENE CROFT     

 

 

. . . For those of you that have been wanting to try your hand at painting in oil but are not sure where to start 

. . . For those with some past experience but feel the need for a bit of a creative leg-up 

. . . For those that wanted to take the 2014 "101" workshop but couldn't . . . 
 

Once a year I take time out to offer a one day, step by step work-up in oil painting designed specifically with novice painters in mind and designed to take the mystery out of the medium and give you the shot of confidence that you need to tackle your own projects . . .

 

All materials provided; paint, canvases, brushes, mediums, refreshments . . . Just bring yourselves, an open mind and a willingness to learn and I will take you by the hand and walk you through the processes that I employ in building my paintings . . . 

All levels are welcome however this workshop is designed for artists with little or no experience . Limited to 10 participants only


 

Saturday, March 28th, 2015
 

 

HOLLAND/CROFT STUDIOS

3RD FLOOR 106 WEST 1ST STREET

NORTH VANCOUVER

V7M1A9
 

 

COST . . . $150 (includes all supplies, applicable taxes and refreshments)

 

Please register by reply e-mail or phone studio at             604-250-5562       no later than March 20thand mail a cheque to the address above made out to Dene croft

Perspective! . . . fundamentals in perspective drawing
Oct
31
6:00 pm18:00

Perspective! . . . fundamentals in perspective drawing

          Perspective!

                   


. . . our first time offering this course - this is perhaps the most essential of the drawing programs - if you have an interest in architecture or are interested in building a foundation of understanding in the fundamentals of perspective drawing - this is definitely your best first step. 

 

- Establishing horizon

- Parallel Perspective - 1 Point

- Oblique Perspective - 2 Point

- Ariel Perspective - 3 Point

- Basic 4 Point

 

- Cubes, Circles, Cylinders, Cones, Spheres, etc. in perspective

- Dividing depth into equal parts

- Drawing elevated planes in perspective

- Drawing curved planes in perspective

- Transposing abstracts into perspective grids

 

- Shadows in perspective

- Reflections in perspective

 

- Interior and exterior architectural examples

- Drawing figures in linear space

- Floor Plan Projection

- A bit of cool history . . . Canaletto, Uccello and da Vinci.

we know that it all sounds very technical but this is a fun course - so no feeling intimidated . . .

All of my painting students (you know who you are!) that have been struggling with perspective - this course is the one that we have been talking about.


 - four Friday evenings beginning Friday, November 7th
  6pm until 9pm.
  Cost - $180
  Instructor: Mark Anthony


 

WORKSHOP: The "Anti-Portrait"
Sep
20
10:00 am10:00

WORKSHOP: The "Anti-Portrait"

The "anti-portrait" 101 . Master techniques in contemporary portraiture. A two day workshop with Dene Croft exploring the methods and master techniques employed in building  portraits and figure studies in oil and acrylic.

This workshop deals principally with the palette and mixing flesh tones, the importance of under-paint - full instruction and demonstrations on building your portrait from the underpaint or Grisaille, to the finished piece  (. . . lots of hand holding - nobody gets left behind!) adding elements of abstraction to create mood and ambiance.

Two consecutive Saturdays - Saturday the 20th of September and Saturday the 27th of September, 10am until 4pm

Cost . . . $240 including taxes

Bring your lunch (some refreshments supplied), your prepared canvas (gessoed and lightly sanded)  your brushes and palette and most importantly, a very clear 8x10 colour photo of your subject. We will provide the paint, mediums etc.

We will be covering topics from lighting and shooting your subjects,the importance of pre-studies, composition and preparing your canvas, incorporating other mediums into your portrait, mixing colour, setting up palette, Grisaille and other master techniques. We will also cover a little art history and discuss  the "rogues gallery" of history's portrait painters  . . .a bit of a whos-who;  an in-depth look at what they really got up to in their studios; their relationships with appretices and popes, and the many and varied cheats, tricks and techniques that they employed in their painting.


Space will be limited to 10 artists so if you would like to book a place, phone the studio at 604-250-5562 and forward a cheque made out to Dene Croft in the amount of $240 and send to the studio no later than September 10th . . .
N.B . . . as we generally maintain a waiting list for this event, we must insist on early registration as we are no longer able to accept payments on the day of the workshop.