LOOSENING UP IN ARCADIA PAINTING WORKSHOP Port Alberni

This engagjng three-day themed painting workshop focuses on the theme of “Arcadia”. In terms of subject, Arcadia could be represented by a place in nature, a poetic space in the imagination, or a cozy domestic interior. Conceptually Arcadia could also suggest a frame of mind where one can feel free to let go and express oneself, using art-making as a forum for play and pleasure. Bring your sense of humour!

The workshop includes a brief slide lecture of inspiring historic and contemporary artists who have a “loose” approach to their work. For instance, paintings by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, and Edouard Manet offered a way of painting that broke free of the constraints of expectation around colour palette, painting technique, and the idea of “finish” in painting. More recent artists such as David Hockney and Karen Kilimnik bring their unique sensibility into their work that has one foot in the past yet looks unmistakably of today.

Over the course of the workshop,participants will be assigned fun and challenging timed painting exercises to build confidence to take risks and discover new strategies to their painting practice. Includes blind-contour drawing, semi-blind painting, collaborative painting, limited palette, mark-making, experimental colour, and other approaches to make the process more playful and exciting.

The workshop will culminate with a final personal painting project.

Oil and acrylic. A supply list will be provided in plenty of time before the workshop.

October 22, 23, 24:  9:30-4pm 

Tuition: $202.25

Registration deadline: October 7, 2019

Location: The Art Studio, North Island College, 9669 Roger St, Port Alberni

To register please contact Sue Thomas: suzyqt@telus.net

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

www.valnelson.ca

SUPPLY LIST

12 x 16” Canvas-paper multi-sheet pad or 10 primed canvasses

Paint (oil or acrylic)

Titanium white 150 ml

Cadmium yellow light or cadmium lemon 150 ml

Quinacrodone red 150 ml

Ultramarine blue 150 ml

Pthalo green 150 ml

Burnt umber 150 ml

Brushes: Bring what you have, generally bristle brushes for oil painters, synthetic brushes for acrylic painters. Below are recommended sizes and brush types.

Filberts, two of each: #12, #6,  #2

Round x 2: #0

1.5” flat synthetic brush

Mediums and Accessories for Oil painters

Gamblin Galkyd light 16oz or Liquin original 250ml or your preferred quick-dry medium

1 litre Gamblin Gamsol or equivalent odorless mineral spirits (no turpentine please)

3 x 250 ml glass containers with lids

Brush holder, or 500 ml glass jar to hold brushes

Grey disposable palette sheets 12 x 16” (White okay if grey not available.)

Mediums and Accessories for Acrylic painters

Golden satin glazing liquid or equivalent 8oz

Bucket or 2 x 1 litre yogurt containers for water

Plastic yogurt container lid for medium

Grey disposable palette sheets 12 x 16” (White okay if grey not available.)

Large spray bottle for water

Miscellaneous

We will be working from photo images. I will provided many for the studies, but bring along several of your own printed photo images for your final project(s) which you will paint on Day Three,

on the theme of “Arcadia”. Recommended print size bigger than a snapshot ie 8 x 12”

Tabletop easel or free-standing easel if you have one. Or you can just work on the tabletop.

Brown bag lunch/ snacks

Masking tape or green housepainter tape

Sketchbook and HB pencil

Box-cutter knife or pencil sharpener

1/8” MDF board 24 x 36 inch

Chopsticks or thin bamboo (½” or ¼” in width and approx. 15” long) x 6

Scissors

2 small trowel-type palette knives  (approx 1” long blades)

Plentyof shop-towels or paper towels or rags

Nitrile disposable gloves (latex-free, available at London Drugs) or barrier cream (art supply store)

To wear: Apron or old clothes and old shoes

FINAL CALL TO MAKE ART ON YOUR WEEKEND!


A Beginner Student with her final projects. A big jump forward from Day 1!

Do you love art but need some guidance on how to make your own? Painting For Beginners on Sunday mornings 10am-1pm still has room for you! We start with really basic steps and build each weekend for 6 sessions until you really understand it! And if you already know something about the painting process, there is still Saturday afternoons available for the Open Painting Studio, 2:30-5:30pm, also 6 sessions.

Classes start September 28, so act now to make your weekend art-filled! See the Class menu above to find out more.

The Alla Prima Still life Weekend intensive at Dene Croft studios

Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 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.

Location: Dene Croft studios, North Vancouver

250.00 for the weekend

Please call Dene Croft’s studio at 604-250-5562 to book, or email denecroft@gmail.com

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FALL 2019 PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Check out my upcoming workshops for the Fall which take place at my 1000 Parker Street studio. You can find them listed in order under the Classes menu.

I’m excited to be doing a workshop in Medicine Hat September 14/15, a well as guest teaching in November at Dene Croft’s studios in North Van.

Painting for Beginners

SUNDAY MORNINGS – 10am-1pm:
Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10

Learn important steps to building an acrylic painting using a loose, impressionistic approach. As you paint a simple still life, your instructor will give demonstrations to help you understand the block-in, develop your work with more detail, and learn about how value, basic colour theory, edge control, and brushwork can be used to create a dynamic painting with strong structure.  Small class size with an award-winning professional painter. 

Six Sunday mornings. $365 + GST

Max 8 students

To register: val@valnelson.ca 778-865-2650

Cancellation policy: Please note that two weeks’ notice is required for cancellation.

Open Painting Studio

Still Life or Landscape? Or perhaps you prefer to do figurative work? Val can help you with your painterly challenges in the Open Painting Studio sessions.
TWO OPTIONS:
One drop-in opportunity Saturday 2:30-5:30pm:/ Date TBA: either Oct 19, 26, or Nov 2 or 9. I am currently gathering students for a one-session class on this day.

Contact me if you are interested and let me know which date might work for you. val@valnelson.ca 778-865-2650

OR 
Sunday afternoons  2:30-5:30 Sept 29, Oct 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, Nov 10. FULL! Drop-in opportunity on Saturday (see above)

OR 
Sundays  2:30-5:30 pm: CLASS IS NOW FULL
Sept 29, Oct 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, Nov 10

This energizing workshop is for students with some painting experience who want to hone their craft under the guidance of an award-winning professional painter. Bring a new project, or complete something you have on the go if you’re feeling stuck! Val will help you work through any painterly problem you might have be it technical or conceptual.

Each session begins with a 30 minute drawing or painting warmup exercise. 

Oil or acrylic

$365 + GST

Drop-ins $65 + GST per session

Max 8 students

To register: val@valnelson.ca 778-865-2650

Cancellation policy: Please note that two weeks’ notice is required for cancellation.

Questions?: To determine which  class is for you, send me an email or call: val@valnelson.ca   778-865-2650

“Loosen Up Weekend Intensive” – Painting Workshop at Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

September 14 and 15, 2019

Learn techniques for the painterly approach. This 2-day workshop in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is an opportunity for painters to loosen up their technique with the guidance of Vancouver artist Val Nelson.

Fun and challenging timed painting exercises build confidence as you learn to work with economy while improving your ability to observe and render form and loosen up your brushwork. Includes blind-contour and gesture drawing, value studies, collaborative painting, limited palette, controlling chroma, and taking risks. Oil and acrylic. Some painting experience recommended.

Workshop hours are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants may bring a bagged lunch. There are also several eateries within short walking distance.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own oil or acrylic painting supplies, canvas or board, and easel. (If you don’t have your own easel, please contact the organizer at maureenlatta9@gmail.com.) 

Spaces are limited. If you want to register for this workshop but prefer not to pay online, please contact maureenlatta9@gmail.com to make alternate payment arrangements.

For more information or to register visit www.eventbrite.com


If you’re interested in signing on to a class with me but are not sure where you fit, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I’ll be happy to help.

val@valnelson.ca



Cancellation policy: Please note that two weeks’ notice is required for cancellation.

Questions?: To determine which  class is for you, send me an email or call: val@valnelson.ca   778-865-2650

OTHER CLASS OPTIONS

Private Classes: $100/hr (first hour $75 for new student) 4-hour package $375

Private Classes for Two: $150/hr

Group Classes: $400 half-day/ $750 full day

Mentorship/Critique: $100/hr

Artist talk: $350

Painting Demo: $350

Online Class: If you would like to take a class with me, but scheduling is a challenge, you may enjoy my online class, “Loosen Up: Techniques for the Painterly Approach”, produced with Bluprint/NBC (formerly Craftsy).

Here’s the link.

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Instructor Biography: A finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition, Val Nelson has exhibited widely across Canada, and has taught painting at the Shadbolt Arts Centre, Emily Carr University, and Vancouver Island School of Art. She has 1800+ students and five-star reviews for her online painting course with Bluprint (formerly Craftsy). Val believes that painting can be fun and challenging, offering a beautiful pathway to self-realisation.

Paper works and New Paintings: Eastside Culture Crawl Nov 15-18, 2018

For the first time at the Culture Crawl I’m offering a limited edition print of one of my paintings, Rush Hour. There will be only 10 in the edition,  10 x 10 inches on archival paper with archival inks. A framed sample beautifully put together by Fine Art Framing will be on display in my studio. I will be taking orders for this and a few other limited editions  also available at a price point that allows for affordable gift-giving, for a loved one, or for yourself!

Rush Hour, 10 x 10 inch limited edition print on archival paper

Also available: A 50-page book of select paintings from twelve years of my Tourist series.

As well you will find six new paintings, and  a drypoint print, Syon House Interior that I recently re-discovered in my print portfolio, along with some framed 7 x 7 inch 3-colour pencil crayon drawings.

Detail, Syon House Interior, drypoint print with chine collé on BFK Rives paper

Detail of one of several drawings on offer.

See you there!

1000 Parker Street, #322b

EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL DATES AND HOURS

Thursday, November 15
5 pm – 10 pm

Friday, November 16
5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, November 17
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 18
11 am – 6 pm

Haptic Splendour

For the past 15 years, I’ve painted opulent European 18th and 19th century interiors. Designed as theatrical displays of status and power by wealthy aristocrats and bourgeoisie, these formerly private sites are now museums, providing entertainment and pleasure for touristic consumption, while also opening up a space for philosophical contemplation.

Although I use photography as a structural device through which I enter the painting process, with each piece I always seem to arrive at a point of crisis where I need to break free from the tyranny of the image. Through partly destroying the image I discover fresh solutions to painterly problems I set for myself.

Throughout my childhood and into my mid-twenties, I was a ballet dancer. That intense training of spatial awareness and interpretive questioning is still deeply stamped in my DNA. A painting to me is a kind of choreography; there’s a haptic dance that takes place from my optical experience of an image, through to the way my nervous system signals to my body how to translate and record it. As painter/dancer I tease out meaning through working and reworking, coming up to speed as I gain understanding, and making the last strikes with absolute commitment.