Drawing fundamentals with Mark Anthony
Jan
8
to Jan 7

Drawing fundamentals with Mark Anthony

Drawing fundamentals with Mark Anthony . . . January 2018 through December 2018,

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, renewable at the end of the four week block as often as you wish - you may choose to take a single block or share Marks' creative journey throughout the year and expand your drawing skills to an atelier level.

There are two evenings, and three different time slots to choose from. Every Monday , 4pm until 6.30 pm and then again from 7pm until 9.30 pm. Every Thursday, "the young masters" program ( more suitable for our younger artists), starting at 4pm and ending at 6.30pm

 

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



 

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Leanne Christie . . . the urban landscape in oil
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Leanne Christie . . . the urban landscape in oil

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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

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Ann Willsie . . . Painting with the palette knife - mastering technique
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Ann Willsie . . . Painting with the palette knife - mastering technique

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Join Ann at the Dene Croft studio for two days of discovery while you trade in your brushes for a palette knife and discover the joys of working alla prima with thick, luminous applications of paint built with only palette knives.

This is a workshop for either oil or acrylic painters, but is not for the novice - some experience will be necessary. Bring a range of palette knives, lots of paint and a few good subject ideas - Ann will have a few subject options for you too.

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$250 for the weekend. Call the studio @604-250-5562, or use the contact feature on the home page to reserve a space.

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Maria Josenhans - Taking your landscapes to the next level with a limited palette . . .
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Maria Josenhans - Taking your landscapes to the next level with a limited palette . . .

Maria Josenhans . . . Taking your landscapes to the next level with a limited palette

Join Maria for a two day adventure in painting moody, atmospheric, limited palette landscapes in oil. Learn how to mix a variety of different greens, warm and cool greys. This is a workshop best suited to advanced beginner, intermediate and the more advanced painters. While this workshop will involve some plein air techniques, your weekend will be spent in the expansive new studio in North Vancouver and will be focused on creating mood and ambience in your landscapes.  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.

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David Langevin . . . Mastering acrylics - the secrets of the 'tree portraits'
Sep
15
to Sep 16

David Langevin . . . Mastering acrylics - the secrets of the 'tree portraits'

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Learn everything you need to know to master acrylic painting and learn how David Langevin creates his famous 'tree portraits'.  A workshop for intermediate to advanced painters. 

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This workshop is designed for artists with painting experience in oils, acrylics, or even watercolors.  Acrylic paints are relatively new and how to use them effectively is still a challenge for many artists.  Techniques that are successful when using oil paints or watercolors do not often yield good results when applied to acrylic paints.  This is because the physical and chemical properties of the synthetic acrylic paints are unique.  In this workshop the focus will be on learning the specific properties of acrylics and how you can use them to achieve fantastic results.  Luminosity, color intensity, and mastering the transparent and translucent techniques of glazes and veils will be emphasized.  Come prepared to take notes, ask questions, and to paint.
 
Here is a list of the supplies you will need:  
-Graphite pencils (4B or 5B),India Ink pens (Pigma or Faber Castel), or ‘China markers’. 
-Acrylic paints (Important: do not buy additional paints before the workshop, bring what you have)
-Acrylic Gloss Medium – not Gel medium and not Golden’s Glazing Liquid
-Large water container and rags
-paint brushes and palette
-3 painting supports, approx. 16x20 (inexpensive canvas or painting board)
-Reference material and photographs are not required.  

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$250 for the two days. Call the studio @604-250-5562 or use the contact feature on the home page to book

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Watercolour basics with Fred Osther - introduction to watercolour
Aug
18
9:30 AM09:30

Watercolour basics with Fred Osther - introduction to watercolour

Introduction to Watercolour

Dene Croft Studio

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Instructor:  Fred Osther

To many people, watercolour seems “so hard”.  This one-day course will help you get started on the right path with an understanding of materials and techniques.

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We are attracted to watercolour’s fluid nature, subtlety, spontaneity and radiance that comes from the medium’s transparency.  But these same characteristics seem to give the brush a mind of its own.  Often, our first attempts are not successful because the paintings appear weak in value and “muddy” in colour.

This short course will help you gain control.  We will explore how far to push darks, how to build contrast and saturated colours and at the same time make the hard or soft edges that are essential to any painting.

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For each subject, we will develop a “plan” for layering, reserving whites and placing darks.  Successful watercolours are more often the result of “thinking ahead” because corrections, although possible, are hard to make without destroying freshness.

We will work with a simple set of materials; paper, 2 brushes and a few pigments.  I encourage you to purchase good quality items as the interaction of paper, water, pigment and brush is critical to success. A recommended supply list will be sent out a few weeks before the course.

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Throughout the day, we will work on:

·      Techniques; wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, washes and glazing

·      How to control water

·      Colour mixing

·      Contrast through values and edges

·      Contrast through colour temperature

·      Watercolour with pencil or ink drawings.

Fred Osther: 

I have been drawing and painting almost all my life.  Over the past 10 years, I have had the luxury of pursuing a personal program of art instruction, mentoring and painting in watercolour and oils.  Many workshops with excellent instructors and courses at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Angel Academy of Art, Florence and Gage Academy of Art, Seattle provided a sound foundation particularly in drawing and watercolour.  Over the past 4 years, Dene Croft has guided me through the challenges of painting in oil and developing a professional art career.

I strongly believe art is an acquired skill like riding a bicycle.  It’s easy to forget the first steps we took.  After a few scrapes, we finally get past the driveway and onto busy streets.  Then it becomes second nature.

 

Many professions use art as a communication tool such as engineers, architects, interior designers, fashion designers and fine art students.  Most do not start their training already knowing how.  It takes lessons, often many…but they all get there and so can you.

 

All supplies needed for this workshop are provided by the studio. Total cost for the day(including instructor fee, taxes and material costs) $160

Please call the studio @604-250-5562 to book, or use the contact feature on the home page

 

 

 

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BARRY RAFUSE . . . Succumb to abstraction!
Jul
14
to Jul 15

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

 

 

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Gaye Adams . . . Daily painting
Jul
7
to Jul 8

Gaye Adams . . . Daily painting

Daily Painting with Gaye Adams

Saturday, July 7th and Sunday July 8th

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.

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Ann Willsie . . . the impressionistic landscape . . . Mixing colour . . .
Mar
17
to Mar 18

Ann Willsie . . . the impressionistic landscape . . . Mixing colour . . .

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TWO DAY WORKSHOP – DENE CROFT STUDIOS
MARCH 17 AND 18, 2018

 “MIXING COLORS”

 

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

This workshop will focus on color:

1.     Mixing your colors – how to create your own palette of selected colors

2.     Saturation of colors

3.     Values – one of the most important aspects of your painting

4.     Luscious greys – how to mix them and where to use them

5.     Cool and Warm Colors

 

We will be preparing a color chart for everyone to take home, as well as a small value study in monocromatic colors.

Ann will be doing a demo each morning,  followed by one-on –one instruction for all participants as you work on your own paintings.

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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.

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Drawing for Dummies . . . "a really, really basic drawing tutorial" This is a three day follow up to last years tutorial with FRED OSTHER
Feb
5
to Feb 11

Drawing for Dummies . . . "a really, really basic drawing tutorial" This is a three day follow up to last years tutorial with FRED OSTHER

 

 

This is a three day follow up course to last years workshop. In this course Fred will be focusing on the same topics and skill developing exercises, but allowing more time to explore and develop each topic. 

 

Monday Feb 5th, Saturday Feb 10th and Sunday Feb 11th , 2018, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm each day

$200 per participant for the three day course. 

Instructor:  Fred Osther

 

Title: “Back to Basics – A Drawing Tutorial”

 

Description:

 

This tutorial will help students understand the basic skills an artist uses to create accurate and expressive drawings.  It’s a hands-on session working through a proven approach of four basic steps.  Absolute beginners and more experienced artists who are interested in a structured approach will enjoy this course.

 

Drawing is an acquired skill that is best learned one step at a time starting with simple basic shapes and progressing to complex line work. It is an essential tool for any artist whether they want to sketch on holidays, compose a painting or create fine artistic drawings.

 

Of course, practice is essential and this course will help the student identify their strengths and weaknesses and what to practice on their own to improve their drawing skills.

 

Over the 3-day session, we will work on:

1.     The Right Size:  Proportion and construction lines are the foundation of any good drawing.

2.     The Right Place: Composition and perspective create a sense of space within the flatness of our page.

3.     The Right Shape:  The correct outline may be a finished drawing, a plan for adding values or preparation for painting colours.

4.     The Illusion of 3D:  Values create form and mood as the artist decides how the final drawing will tell its story.

 

Fred Osther:  I have been drawing almost all my life.  Over the past 10 years, I have had the luxury pursuing a personal program of art instruction, mentoring and painting in watercolour and oils.

 

Many workshops with excellent instructors and courses at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Angel Academy of Art, Florence and Gage Academy of Art, Seattle provided a sound foundation.  Over the past 3 years, Dene Croft has mentored me through the challenges of painting in oil.  This drawing course was first developed and taught at Dene’s studio.

 

For me, drawing and painting is a visual journal of places, people and things I’ve seen.  I can’t imagine enjoying the process or outcomes without first learning “basic” drawing. 

 

I strongly believe drawing is an acquired skill like riding a bicycle.  It’s easy to forget the first steps we took.  After a few scrapes, we finally get past the driveway and onto busy streets.  Now it’s second nature.

 

Many professions use drawing as a communication tool such as engineers, architects, interior designers, fashion designers and fine art students.  Most do not start their training already knowing how to draw.  It takes lessons, often many…but they all get there and so can you.

 

 

Materials:

·      11”x14” sketch quality drawing pad

·      4B, 2B, HB, 2H pencils

·      sharpener

·      vinyl eraser

·      12” ruler

 

 

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DEBORAH TILBY . . . back in the studio again!
Feb
3
to Feb 4

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 the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of February, 10am until 4.30pm. cost . . .$250 including taxes

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"LOOSENING UP" . . . acrylic alchemy with PERRY HADDOCK . . .
Jan
27
to Jan 28

"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!