Mentorships/New Drawing and Painting Workshops: May/June


Do you love to paint but find yourself being stopped by your “inner critic”?

Do you want to exhibit your work but are in the dark about how to proceed?

Are you feeling limited technically in your painting process and would like feedback and specific hands-on studio tutorials on how to improve the quality of your work?

You deserve to be in your joy, and the world needs your gifts.

Contact me today!   778-865-2650

First one-hour consultation: $75

4 session mentorship package: $400

8 session mentorship package: $800


Get out of the studio and improve your drawing skills at Vancouver’s beautiful Jericho Beach Park. Drawing from direct observation is a thrilling and engaging activity that sharpens your ability to see and render form, while experiencing the world more deeply as it unfolds around you. An interesting variety of tree shapes, juxtaposed with water and manmade structures are inspiring to capture “on the fly” using just a pencil and sketchbook. You will learn how to use gesture, contour line, massing, value, and spatial relationships to create dynamic pencil drawings. This is a great class for budding travel sketchers, plein air painters, and artists who want to bring more dynamism to their studio drawings and paintings.

Session 1: Saturday May 26, 10am-4pm

Session 2: Saturday June 2, 10am-4pm

Level: Experienced Beginner/Intermediate

Meeting point/parking: Jericho Park east entrance, 3941 Point Grey Road

Fee: $150

Instructor: Val Nelson

To register: 778-865-2650


Learn to paint an expressive still life composition from actual objects in the studio, while making a painting from start to finish in each session. An imposed time-constraint is an excellent discipline that encourages strong decision-making and tends to result in dynamic paintings. You will learn tips on the block-in, understand tonal and chromatic contrasts, temperature differences, and learn brushwork tips to avoid “tightness” in your painting. This is a great class to improve your observational skills (also known as “drawing”), and enhance space and movement in your paintings, whether you work from photography or live setups.


Wednesday afternoons 2:30-5:30 pm

6 sessions: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, & 20


Experienced Beginner

and Intermediate

Oil or acrylic

Fee: $350

Location: Val Nelson Studio, #322b-1000 Parker Street

Instructor: Val Nelson

To register: 778-865-2650








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