SUMMER WEEKEND PAINTING WORKSHOPS


I’m excited to offer a number of weekend workshops at my 1000 Parker Street studio this summer. See below:

AT 1000 PARKER STREET

PAINTING THE STILL LIFE     June 8/9

10am-4pm $250 + GST

If you think you can’t draw, don’t worry, this workshop shows you that you can paint! Paint 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.

Max 8 students

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

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

PAINTING LANDSCAPE      June 22/23

10am-4pm $250 + GST

Paint a simple landscape in two days. This weekend workshop offers tips on how to paint perspective, enhance depth, and bring colour and brushwork dynamics into your paintings. Oil or acrylic. All levels.

Max 8 students

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

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

LOOSEN UP!         July 6/7

10am-4pm $250 + GST

Learn techniques for the painterly approach. 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.

Max 8 students

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

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

OPEN PAINTING STUDIO     Sundays in August

Four consecutive Sundays, morning or afternoon Sessions:

Mornings 10am-4pm

Afternoons 2:30-5:30

$250 + GST

Drop-ins $65 + GST per session

Mornings 10am-1pm    

Max 8 students

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

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


AT SHADBOLT CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

FALL 2019

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

Two options:  Saturday or Sunday afternoons  2:30-5:30 
Sept 28-Nov 10

This inspiring workshop is for students with some painting experience who want to hone their craft while sharing the great energy of other inspiring painter/learners under the guidance of an award-winning professional painter.  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.

TESTIMONIALS:

“Val’s Painting for Beginners sessions furthered my understanding of fundamentals in material use and my colours have never looked so alive! Theory, exercise, and one-on-one guidance kept me on track. Her insistence in ‘getting closer to your goal’ was a valuable lesson for me in patience with the work itself. Val is also a super fun teacher, and she creates a very encouraging and welcoming experience for everyone. Thank you, Val!”   Lea Chambers

“Val is already right at the top of her game as an artist and teacher and has the potential to excel even further. She is exceptional in her creativity, raw talent, communication skills, and personality.” John Perkins,  retired architect

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


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

Private Classes for Two: $75/hr each

Group Classes: $350 half-day/ $600 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.

loosen-up-title-card

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.

© Val Nelson, 2018

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 fifteen years, I’ve painted images from my travels–mostly opulent European historic interiors, which I visit firsthand and photograph extensively. Constructed as theatrical displays of status and power for wealthy aristocrats and bourgeoisie, these formerly private sites are now museums, providing a space for philosophical contemplation and touristic consumption. With cinematic collision theory in mind, I sometimes crash these spaces with freeway traffic, construction sites, and nature parks,  playfully commenting on the yearnings and contradictions of contemporary life.

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.

Flow: Works from the Surrey Art Gallery Permanent Collection

Val Nelson, Rush Hour 2 (2014), oil on canvas, 122 cm x 152 cm. Collection of Surrey Art Gallery, gift of the artist.

See paintings, sculptures, and ceramics from our Permanent Collection that “flow” in different ways.

Our world is marked by the ever-present movement of peoples, products, and ideas over vast distances and at rapid speeds. These movements and transmissions dictate the limits of life, the energetic potential of nature, the dynamics of economies, and the transformative potential of society and individuals.

Our world is marked by the ever-present movement of peoples, products, and ideas over vast distances and at rapid speeds. These movements and transmissions dictate the limits of life, the energetic potential of nature, the dynamics of economies, and the transformative potential of society and individuals.

Sara Graham, Thornton Rail Yard, Surrey #4 (2015), mixed papers and silicone glue.

Drawing from Surrey Art Gallery’s permanent collection, the over two dozen artworks presented address numerous themes, including transnational migration, the circulation of information and data, the force of waterways and weather systems, the physical movement of human bodies, and the transportation of materials and products to market by rail or by foot.

Some works, like Val Nelson’s painting Rush Hour 2 (2014), draw attention to the flow of people in our cities. In particular, Nelson’s work examines the relationship between the congestion of our roadways with our culture’s enthusiasm for grand detached homes and single-occupancy vehicles. Delving more into the movement of goods, Sara Graham’s Thornton Railyard, Surrey, BC (2015) uses miniature filigreed collage techniques to depict the contours and history of movement of one of British Columbia’s largest rail yards.

Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu Version 4.1-a (2009), ceramic clay and mixed media.

Soheila Esfahani’s The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley (2015) reimagines a classic image of new immigrants arriving in Canada as seen in Varley’s c.1922 painting with found blue and white porcelain plates and custom ceramic decals. Brendan Lee Satish Tang’s brightly coloured clay vessel Manga Ormolu Version 4.1-a (2009) combines stylistic elements from Ming Dynasty era ceramics with techno-pop robotic elements reminiscent of Japanese anime, manga, toys, and video games. Out of Tang’s vessel gushes a black pumice-like ectoplasm meant to evoke both nineteenth-century spiritualism and twentieth-century science fiction. The potential for gushing black liquid of another sort is seen in Edward Burtynsky’s large-scale photographs showing shiny steel liquid natural gas pipelines zig-zagging across British Columbian landscapes.

The wide variety of images and objects make visible some of the most central conflicts and issue of our time.

The opening reception is the evening of April 14th.
We hope that you will be able to join us for the opening and post-opening gathering later that same evening.

Exhibition Details
Location: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Ave
Price: Free
Date: Apr 14, 2018 – Jun 10, 2018
Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 9pm
Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

SPLASH Art Auction Benefits Young Creators

I’m thrilled to have my work included in a strong roster of artists in support of Arts Umbrella’s excellent art programs for children at the Splash Art Auctionwhich takes place October 13, 2018 at Vancouver’ Fairmont Hotel.

Among the artists donating work are Fiona Ackerman, Douglas Coupland, Andy Dixon, Graham Gillmore, Angela Grossman, Marie Khouri, and Etienne Zack, to name just a few. The donated paintings, photography, and sculpture can be viewed at the beautiful Pendulum Gallery in the Hong Kong bank in downtown Vancouver on Georgia Street, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Preview runs through October 2.

Arts Umbrella provides the highest quality dance, theatre, and visual arts programming for young people and, for nearly 40 years, they have helped more than half a million children and youth explore their potential and build community. Each year, they serve more than 20,000 young people, reaching close to 16,000 through free community programs across Metro Vancouver. Arts Umbrella is also about to expand their programming across Canada.

SPLASH ART AUCTION

OCTOBER 13, 2018
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street

Tickets are sold out, which is great news, but there is a waitlistbeing taken and it’s possible to make absentee bids.

 

Treat yourself to a painting class: 2018 Open Studio with Val

Make a date with your painting practise! This is a great way to get your process moving forward, by committing to six 3-hour once-per-week painting sessions. With Val’s helpful tutelage, tackle technical and conceptual concerns in the company of like-minded painters. You will work on a personal project during the class–bring a project to completion (very empowering!) or begin something new.  Each session will begin with a drawing warm-up exercise in your sketchbook. Arrive early to set up (2pm and later) so you can make the most of your time!

I will have room for only 5 students, so don’t delay 🙂 I look forward to seeing you soon!

OPEN STUDIO PAINTING WORKSHOP Feb/March 2018

Six Friday afternoons: 2:30-5:30pm

Dates: Feb 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23

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

Pre-requisite: This is not a beginners’ class. Some painting experience recommended. Oil or acrylic.

Tuition: $350 includes GST

To Register: $75 deposit secures your spot. E-transfer, cheque, or hand-delivered cash all acceptable. Send to val@valnelson.ca

Cancellation policy: Please note that one weeks’ notice is required for cancellation with full refund of deposit. No refund for last-minute cancellations unless I can fill your spot.

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

 

 

New Drawings

Lux 2, 7 x 7 inches, white painted wood frame, 8-ply mat, $695

Are you thinking that you would like a drawing to brighten your space? Between some of my larger paintings, I like to put my attention towards drawings. Please contact me for a private art viewing, or to put aside a piece for you.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ALL THE DRAWINGS 🙂

Thank you so much!

xoVal

val@valnelson.ca    778-865-2650

You’re invited: EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL 2017 Thursday, Nov 16-Sunday Nov 19

It’s that time of year again! I look forward to sharing with you some recent work in my studio at the Eastside Culture Crawl, where I’ll be showing gestural line drawings and paintings of baroque interiors, as well as intimate Paris portrait drawings and self-portraits.

You can view Available Work here.

I’m excited that my new book, Song for a Tired Businessman, will be for sale.

 

And once again I’ll be taking donations for my Optimistic Pursuits pencils, 100% proceeds to Recovery Through Art Society .

I hope to see you there!

FESTIVAL HOURS

Thursday, November 16
5 pm – 10 pm

Friday, November 17
5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, November 18
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 19
11 am – 6 pm

STUDIO LOCATION: #322b-1000 Parker Street

ENQUIRIES: val@valnelson.ca  778-865-2650

xoxVal

 

 

 

 

“Art-making Magic”: Contemporary Art Bus Tour from Surrey to View Vancouver Studios

    Photo credit: Michael Cox

Six-hour trip on Nov. 8 will be led by Surrey Art Gallery staff

SURREY — A tour bus organized by Surrey Art Gallery is headed to Vancouver to visit studios where “artmaking magic happens,” on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The six-hour daytime Contemporary Art Bus Tour, led by SAG curator Jordan Strom and curatorial researcher Rhys Edwards, will make stops at six studios on Vancouver’s Eastside, including those operated by artists Lyse Lemieux, Elizabeth McIntosh, Ian Wallace, Tiko Kerr, Val Nelson and Judson Beaumont.

“This is a fabulous, up-close opportunity to talk to several critically acclaimed artists about how they make art and organize their studios to facilitate their creative process,” notes a post on the city’s website.

“On this tour, you’ll experience a real diversity of art mediums, styles, and studios while getting to know some prominent Vancouver artists.”

The fee is $39 for the tour, designed for those aged 16 and up. Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is presented by Surrey Art Gallery in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery Association, or SAGA, a non-profit society.

More event details can be found at surrey.ca/artgallery, or call 604-501-5566.

-Tom Zillich, Surrey Now Leader

https://www.surreynowleader.com/entertainment/bus-tour-from-surrey-to-view-artmaking-magic-at-vancouver-studios/