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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 creating figurative caricature and cartoons with EZRA LARSEN
Aug
24
to Aug 25

creating figurative caricature and cartoons with EZRA LARSEN

This one and a half day drawing workshop has been designed to provide the drawing skills necessary to create caricature from your existing photos - Learn to create caricature of your friends, family, pets.

You will be provided expert instruction from the very talented Ezra Larsen. Ezra will guide you through his creative processes - focusing on pushing proportions in the body and face to create exaggerated characters and caricature.

Aspects of drawing that will be covered beyond pencil control and accurate rendering . . . Line weight, gesture, proportions and character.

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This workshop will be limited to 10 participants and a small materials list will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $180

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

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Old masters class in oil . . . with Paul Chizik
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Old masters class in oil . . . with Paul Chizik

Master class in oil with Paul Chizik

Join master oil painter Paul Chizik for a 2 day exploration in master copy and traditional portrait/ figure oil painting. Students will select a master painting to copy and Paul will spend the weekend with you deconstructing the image that you have selected and rebuilding your masterpiece using traditional old master techniques.

$250 for the weekend. A supply list will be forwarded upon registration. 604-250-5562 to register, or email denecroft@gmail.com

For hundreds of years, old masters copied old masters. It was a great way for painters to hone in on their skills and learn vital techniques by replicating great masters from the past. By choosing a master of your choice, the student can learn various techniques as well as get a better understanding of a system that was employed during that era. Comparative and site size measurement will be demonstrated and learned as well as understanding morphology (The shape of things) and rheology( plastic flow of material) eg. paint. A demo will be included along with the tonal method of approach

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Jan Crawford . . . 'Enhancing your paintings with glazing technique'
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Jan Crawford . . . 'Enhancing your paintings with glazing technique'

 

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ENHANCING YOUR PAINTING WITH THE TECHNIQUE OF GLAZING

DENE CROFT STUDIO

 

This two day workshop introduces the glazing technique for acrylics. Materials used for this process will be introduced –an information sheet will be provided on materials supplies and process.

The day will begin with a demonstration of how to prepare your canvas surface.

Colour charts which illustrate this process ,step by step ,will show how glazing affects each colour applied to the canvas. Original paintings will be shown during the workshop as well Jan will work on one of her paintings explaining the process as she paints.

Students will focus on transparent colour , colour theory, mixing and applying paint.

Students will then apply this to an image of their choice, still life or florals images  are best for learning and practicing this technique. Jan will take time to also cover critiquing your art

and the elements of Design. All levels welcome.

A supply list will be available upon registering for this course

 

April 6 and 7th 10-4

Cost $ 250 

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

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Ann Willsie . . .  impressionistic florals
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Ann Willsie . . . impressionistic florals

 

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TWO DAY WORKSHOP – DENE CROFT STUDIOS
September 21st AND September 22nd 2019

 “impressionistic florals”

 

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 florals using impressionistic techniques

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

 

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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Contemporary realism - working with a live model - Angela Muellers
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Contemporary realism - working with a live model - Angela Muellers

PORTRAIT PAINTING WORSHOP

CONTEMPORARY REALISM

 

Would you like to learn the technical skills of painting the portrait? During this workshop you will discover the skill of comparative measurement - essential  to draw a portrait from life. The likeness is found in the proportions. Course content will focus on the stages of how to construct a painting. Every participant will gain a deeper understanding of form, shape, value, shadow, and light families. The workshop will paint the same model for both days. We will not be able to complete our paintings in a two day course but the finishing stages will be discussed.

 

SHORT DESCRIPTON: Would you like to learn the technical skills of painting the portrait? This 2 day portrait workshop will give you a step by step plan of how an indirect painting is constructed. Every participant will improve – no special genius required.  All levels welcome.

 

What you will learn!

-       Comparative measurement.

-       Stages of painting

-       How to construct form, shapes, value, shadow, and light families.

 

Participants are required to supply their own materials. Model is included.

 

 

INSTRUCTOR: Angela Muellers is a local artist with 30 years experience. She has completed ten years of full time studies at three schools . Additionally, she has attended several workshops from top American artists. She has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s competition and won a purchase award. She lives and teaches on going courses in Brackendale.

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The plein air method inside with Charlie Easton
Oct
5
to Oct 6

The plein air method inside with Charlie Easton

The plein air method inside. Using photographs to make the best possible paintings in the studio. Charlie will show you what he looks for in a good photograph, how to plan for a painting in the studio, and how to bring a scene to life. Charlie will demo each day and then help you work at your own pace, with insightful tips that are relevant to your unique level and vision.


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

$250 inclusive. Please call the studio at 604-250-5562 to book. A supply list will be provided upon registration

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BARRY RAFUSE . . . Succumb to abstraction!
Oct
5
to Oct 6

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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Watercolour basics with Fred Osther - introduction to watercolour
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Watercolour basics with Fred Osther - introduction to watercolour

Introduction to Watercolour

Dene Croft Studio

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 24th, 9.30am to 1.30pm

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 two days(including instructor fee, taxes and material costs) $200

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

 

 

 

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Leanne Christie . . . the urban landscape in oil
Oct
26
to Oct 27

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) 

 

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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"LOOSENING UP" . . . acrylic alchemy with PERRY HADDOCK . . .
Nov
2
to Nov 3

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

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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

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The alla prima still life with Val Nelson
Nov
23
to Nov 24

The alla prima still life with Val Nelson

PAINTING THE ALLA PRIMA STILL LIFE with VAL NELSON    

Saturday November 23rd and Sunday 24th

Weekend workshop 9:30am-4:30pm 

If you think you can’t draw, don’t worry, this workshop shows you that you can paint! Create an engaging still life in two days. This weekend workshop shows you how to block in, develop your composition further, and push value and colour differences to enhance the space in your painting. Oil or acrylic. All levels.

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Instructor Biography: Val believes that painting can be fun and challenging, offering a beautiful pathway to self-realization. A finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition, Val Nelson has exhibited widely across Canada, and has been represented by Bau Xi Gallery and Galerie de Bellefeuille. She has taught painting at Gordon Smith Gallery, Shadbolt Arts Centre, Emily Carr University, Red Deer College, and Vancouver Island School of Art. Val has 1800+ students and five-star reviews for her online painting course with NBC Bluprint(formerly Craftsy),

Val Nelson’s artistic practice has been diverse over the course of her career, encompassing video, dance performance, painting, and drawing. Throughout various media she seeks to transmit an embodied and empathic experience to the viewer. Educated at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Val was a 2003 finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Canada Council Travel grant, an artist grant for her residency at Vermont Studio Centre, and Visual Arts Development Award (Contemporary Art Gallery/Vancouver Foundation). Her paintings and drawings have been published in Carte Blanche Volume II: Painting (Magenta Foundation), International Painting Annual 3 (Manifest Drawing and Research Centre), Capilano University Press, and Subterrain Magazine, among others. Public institutions that have collected her work include Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada Council Art Bank, Surrey Art Gallery, and Vancouver General Hospital. 


$250.00 for the weekend

please call the studio at 604-250-5562 to book, or email denecroft@gmail.com



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“40 Stroke Paintings: Focus on Brushwork" Lalita Hamill
Jul
6
to Jul 7

“40 Stroke Paintings: Focus on Brushwork" Lalita Hamill

“40 Stroke Paintings: Focus on Brushwork”

 

Dates: Saturday, July 6 & Sunday July 7, 2019

Fee: $250

Location: Dene Croft Studios, 118 Pemberton Ave, North Van

To register: 604-250-5562

Times:  10am – 4pm (with ½ hour lunch)

Instructor: Lalita Hamill www.lalitahamill.com

 

Course description:

If you would like to create clean, expressive, confident paintings and reduce the amount of ‘mucking about’, this workshop is for you.  Through a series of demos followed by exercises, Lalita will guide participants through 40-stroke studies that can be used as inspiration for larger works to be completed in your studio. Participants can choose whether to paint a still life or from own reference photos. Appropriate for all oil or acrylic mediums, and will be geared toward those with some painting experience.

 

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Drawing for Dummies . . . "a really, really basic drawing tutorial"  with FRED OSTHER
Jun
8
to Jun 9

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

 

 

Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th , 2019, 9:30 am to 3:00 Saturday, 9.30 am until 12.30 pm Sunday

$180 per participant

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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Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki    "Acrylic painting development process"
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki "Acrylic painting development process"

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Acrylic Painting Development Process with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki . . . .cost $250 incl.taxes

 Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in your acrylic landscape paintings using a variety of mark-making techniques. The students should have some experience with the acrylic medium.

 

Supply list:

 Several small and medium canvases or canvas boards (e.g. 11x14, 16x20, or similar)

 Acrylic artist's quality heavy-body paint: titanium white, cadmium yellow medium or light, ochre yellow, transparent red oxide, alizarin crimson or quinacridone red, cadmium red light, dioxazine purple, phthalo blue, phthalo green. Any other colors you have and like using.

 Flat or bright synthetic brushes in various sizes (from #4 to #12). Hog bristle brushes are not suitable for this workshop, but you can bring a few if you have them and are skillful in using them.

 One good large (2 inches wide) artist quality flat synthetic brush.

 Some filbert brushes and brushes of other shapes if you have them. Also, bring palette knives if you have them.

 Miscellaneous acrylic painting paraphernalia: palette, water sprayer, water container, soft cotton rags (important), paper towels.

 Bring a variety of photographs with scenes you would like to paint. I will also bring some to share.

first Part of DAY 1: Building Blocks

 Advantages of the acrylic medium that we will be using:

 Acrylic paint used without additives dries relatively quickly

 Subsequent layers do not compromise each other

 Acrylic paint can be applied, and marks made, with a multitude of tools

 Wide range of the paint viscosity can be used - very thick to very thin

 Exercise: Layering and mark-making

 

-    For this exercise, use cheap student-grade paint and scraps of canvas or small canvas boards

     Gather a variety of mark-making tools (brushes, knives, sticks, old credit cards, brush ends, etc.)

Pick a photo reference and select an area with a simple but interesting pattern (tree, clump of rocks, water pattern, few clouds, etc.)

Replicate a selected pattern using as many techniques as you can: applying and wiping off transparent paint, wet-in-wet, scraping off, scratching in, applying thick blobs, smudging, dragging, dry-brushing, calligraphy, etc. Have funRepeat this exercise with several different patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

Second Part of DAY 1: Developing Texture in Landscape Painting

 

 

This type of the painting process focusses on quickly developing rich textures. We will apply the building blocks that we just learned. In landscape painting, they translate to:

 

  1. Gestural brushstrokes to create interesting surfaces

  2. Overlapping layers rather than painting around the shapes

  3. Stopping often to assess the progress

  4. Leaving the interesting marks alone

  5. Make necessary changes on the go

  6. Vary marks for different things

  7. Develop the entire surface gradually

 

Examples of subject matter that is fun to paint this way:

 

-       Foliage

-       Clouds

-       Mountain patterns

-       Water patterns

-       Rocks

-       Bark

-       Mostly anything found in nature

 

 

 

Exercise: Paint a simple landscape scene from the provided photo reference

 

Follow the demo, step by step.

Take the photo home and paint the scene again on your own time if you wish. Practice makes better!

 First Part of DAY 2: Assess and Expand

 Review and discuss the work done yesterday

Pick a photo reference for a more complex landscape painting

 Let's learn how to approach a more complex landscape painting using the process we practiced yesterday. The instructor's demo will cover:

 Colour and composition basics

Pigments, tools, and techniques

 Underpainting with thin transparent pigments

 

    1. Gestural block-in from darks to the lights

 

    1. Reinforcing the design (finding patterns)

 

 Project: Paint a landscape scene of your choice

 

Start working on your own from the provided photo reference on use your own. Try to follow the same painting process as the instructor. Use your own canvas or board, artist-quality paint, and your best tools for best results.

 

Second Part of DAY 2: Completion and Recap

 

 

  1. Review progress and ask questions

 

  1. Refinement and completion. The instructor's demo will cover:

 

    1. Refining shapes and colours

 

    1. Refining darks and lights

 

    1. Adding details

 

 

Project: Continue working on your painting or start another one.

 

Feel free to take the provided reference material home and finish the pieces on your own.

 

Optionally, we can have a quick critique session at the end of the class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maria Josenhans - "Atmospheric landscapes" . . . taking your landscapes to the next level with a limited palette . . .
May
4
to May 5

Maria Josenhans - "Atmospheric landscapes" . . . taking your landscapes to the next level with a limited palette . . .

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

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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.

“ ... pushing your studio practice to its highest level by infusing your paintings with a strong sense of atmosphere. Whether it is a storm-watching beach scene or a brilliant day in the mountains, conveying a sense of time and place makes for a strong visual statement. Through controlling the use of colour and implementing a compelling composition, Maria will work with each student to refine their visual story”

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

Please call the studio at 604-250-5562, or use the contact feature on the main page to register for this workshop.

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Susie Cipolla . . . creative skill building in acrylic
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Susie Cipolla . . . creative skill building in acrylic

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“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. Registration is confirmed on receipt of payment no later than March 25th 2019.


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DEBORAH TILBY . . . back in the studio again!
Mar
2
to Mar 3

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.

MAKING A GOOD PAINTING  So many elements go into making a good painting and in this workshop we will cover as many as time permits, including composition, value sketches, black and white studies and blocking in with full colour.

We will pay particular attention to making a good beginning. The initial block in can have an enormous effect on the progress of that painting; it can flow relatively smoothly or be a struggle all the way through. I will demonstrate several ways to tackle that initial block in.




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 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of March, 10am until 4.30pm. cost . . .$250 including taxes

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Dene Croft  . . . absolute beginners
Jan
26
to Jan 27

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 2018 "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, january 12th and Sunday January 13th 2019
 

 

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.

 

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palette knife impressionism with ANN WILLSIE
Nov
3
to Nov 4

palette knife impressionism with ANN WILLSIE

ANN WILLSIE
Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th

This is a first for the studio . . . I am very excited to have Ann back to introduce you to palette knife painting. Ann does this brilliantly - working thick layers of paint and a high key palette -
this is the definition of impressionism.

This workshop is for advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced painters wanting to expand their skill set and flex their creative mettle. Ann Paints in oil, but acrylic and oil painters are welcome.

$250.00, 10 am until 4.30 pm both days.


Please call 604-250-5562 or email the studio through the contact feature on the home page to reserve an easel in this workshop.


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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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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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Creative embodiment - Inspiring artistic expression with yoga and art - with Jools Andres and Kathleen Ainscough
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Creative embodiment - Inspiring artistic expression with yoga and art - with Jools Andres and Kathleen Ainscough

DESCRIPTION

Creative Embodiment - Fall Immersion with Jools Andrés and Kathleen Ainscough

Awaken, deepen, and free artistic expression through the body and senses

Wild Onion Retreats is pleased to present its 2-day retreat program at artist Dene Croft's roomy, ultra-equipped North Vancouver studio. Includes restorative and energizing yoga and free-form movement, guided meditation and relaxation, expert art instruction, and abundant - even surprising - multi-media supplies and tools.

You will take home a meaningful art piece and feel inspired to continue to live creatively at home, work, and play.

  • non-residential, comfortable weekend schedule (not too early, not too late)
  • participants with all levels of experience (beginner to advanced in art, yoga / movement) are welcome

Prepare to move, dive deep, get messy, and relish your creative inner self

Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 9:30 AM –

Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 4:30 PM PST

Cost . . $235 

Jools Andres and Kathleen Ainscough

Organizer of Creative Embodiment - Inspiring Artistic Expression with Yoga and Art

Experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT500, YACEP) and 200-hour yoga teacher trainer; writer and editor; BA psychology and creative writing. Jools also regularly participates in 5Rhythms free-form ecstatic dance classes and workshops and Zen Buddhist meditation practice.

 

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Dominik Modlinski . . .The great western landscape
Nov
4
to 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

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Pablo Ruben - Modern Spanish watercolour master
Aug
5
to 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
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DENE CROFT . . .  Bending Light - The Urban Landscape
Jul
29
to 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

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

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

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Vitamin X 20x20 - 14 4
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Janice Robertson! . . . painting the dramatic still life in acrylic
Oct
1
to 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

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Lalita Hamill . . .
Sep
24
to 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

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

 

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Gaye Adams . . .plein air
Apr
23
to 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Encaustic photo alteration . . . Shary bartlett
Apr
16
to 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

 


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