The Nanaimo Art Gallery is organizing a series of Winter 2010 Art Workshops at their Vancouver Island University location, 900 Fifth Street, Building 330, Nanaimo. The Absolute Beginner Drawing Workshop on Saturday, January 16, 2010, or Saturday, February 6, 2010, 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 help build your confidence. Discover charcoal, conte, graphite, and the techniques best suited to each medium. How to choose drawing paper will also be discussed. Instruction will be given on gesture drawing, line drawing, and the basics of developing value shading techniques. The workshop will take the format of discussion, question and answer, instructor demonstrations, and student practice through making sample drawings. Workshop supplies are included in the price of $55.
The Absolute Beginner Acrylic Painting Workshop on Saturday, January 30, 2010, or Saturday, February 20, 2010, is intended for those who have always wanted to paint but feel intimidated. Starting at the very beginning, students will learn the basics about acrylic paint including how to mix basic colours, how to use brushes and which brushes are best for each technique, the pros and cons of various painting surfaces, where and how to use gesso, and a brief introduction to mediums and gels. The aim of this workshop is to learn some basic skills about working with paint and to provide encouragement by demystifying the medium and its tools. The workshop will take the format of discussion, question and answer, instructor demonstrations and student practice through making samples of various painting techniques. Workshop supplies are included in the price of $60.
Both of these one-day workshops will be led by artist Linda Findlay and run from 10 am to 4 pm with a half hour lunch break. Please note that these courses can be given as a gift. Just mention that you need a gift certificate for either the drawing or acrylic painting (and the date of the workshop) and the gallery will provide one. Call 250-740-6350 to inquire or register. Payments can be taken over the phone if you have either Visa or Mastercard. Register early to avoid disappointment.