Summer Art Camp for Adults

The Nanaimo Art Gallery will be operating a Summer Art Camp for Adults from July 26 to July 29, 2010. This series of one-day workshops offers four different fun art classes for adults. Come and learn something new – take one or take them all! Workshops are $65 (plus HST) for gallery members or $75 (plus HST) for non-members. Art supplies will be provided. A special combo rate for members only is $225 plus HST for all four workshops or $120 plus HST for two workshops. If you are not a member – it is easy to become one. All workshops will be held at the Nanaimo Art Gallery VIU campus location, 900 Fifth Street. To register call 250-740-6350.

The Absolute Beginner Drawing Workshop on Monday, July 26, from 10 am to 4 pm is aimed at those who have always wanted to draw but can’t figure out where to start. Learn about different drawing mediums and techniques through a series of fun drawing exercises that will build your confidence. Learn about charcoal, conte, graphite, and the techniques best suited to them. Choosing drawing paper will also be discussed. Instruction will be given on gesture drawing, line drawing, and the basics of developing value shading techniques. Overcome your fears and quickly expand your drawing skills. Instructor Linda Findlay is a painter with a primary interest in working with acrylics. Linda considers drawing to be an essential skill in her art making process, and loves to share her love of it with others – she firmly believes that everyone can draw. Linda taught drawing and painting at many Vancouver schools and colleges before relocating to Nanaimo. She is delighted to be teaching again for the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

The Absolute Beginner Watercolour Workshop on Tuesday, July 27, from 10 am to 4 pm is a fun one-day workshop imparting how to begin working with watercolour. Using Impressionist artists such as Degas, Matisse, Monet, and even Picasso as sources of inspiration, you will learn how to work in a loose painting style to create a unique mono print. Come and conquer your fear of drawing and painting and amaze yourself with what you will create by the end of the day. Instructor Vida Newington enjoys working in a variety of media and especially loves the versatility and portability of watercolour. An art major at Cambridge University, Vida went on to have a career as an art teacher in England. Recently retired, Vida continues to share her love of teaching art in the many classes and workshops she teaches locally. Vida is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists.

Memory Boxes: An Introduction to Assemblage Art is on Wednesday, July 28, from 10 am to 4 pm. In this fun workshop, you will learn how to create your own unique memory box. Ever wondered what to do with those small souvenirs, family mementos, old jewellery and assorted knick-knacks? Bring along your treasures and learn how to artistically assemble them into a personal memory or spirit box. Borrowing from collage, assemblage is a wonderful introduction to creating three dimensional artworks. The workshop will start with a show and tell of treasures, then learn how to choose your theme, create designs, incorporate paint and other media and assemble your box. Share a creative fun filled workshop with other collectors! Please bring your mementoes – all other supplies will be provided. Instructor Ani Macgillivray is a multimedia artist with a special interest in collage and fibre arts. She has taught workshops and classes in both Canada and Mexico, where she spends her winters in the community of La Manzanilla doing art and yoga. Inspired by religious and Day of the Dead shrines in Mexico, Ani had an exhibition in Mexico of her own “spirit” boxes.

Watercolour for beginners: working with washes is on Thursday, July 29, from 10 am to 4 pm with instructor Vida Newington. This workshop will focus on washes for the beginner in watercolour. You will learn how to apply a flat dry wash, a wet wash, a graded wash, a streaked wash, and a textured wash. Basic colour mixing will also be covered. Then apply some of these techniques and learn how to paint a west coast water scene. Once you have mastered washes and learned the basics of colour mixing, you are well on your way to becoming an accomplished watercolourist.