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Fall Painting Classes: Beginner Painting and Intermediate Painting



Learn the 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 and plenty of individual instruction!

Saturdays 10am-1pm

September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3

Location: 1000 Parker Street, #322b

Tuition: $350

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


Paint a project start to finish, or bring paintings you’d love feedback on, to bring them to completion in this series of 3-hour workshops. I love helping people carry out their vision, and help them with their technical questions! Each class begins with a 15-minute painting or drawing “warm-up” exercise.

Saturdays 2:30-5:30pm

September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3

Location: 1000 Parker Street, #322b

Tuition: $350

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



One-on-one detailed work which is tailored to your needs. This could include drawing and painting technique, critique, shaping a body of work in preparation for exhibition, and advice on professional artistic practice.

First one-hour session for new students: $75

4 session mentorship package: $400 includes 4 x 1-hour sessions, and 1 followup critique by email

8 session mentorship package: $750 for 4 hours with Val, includes 2 followup email critiques



I’m excited to share that I now have over 1800  students taking my online painting course with Craftsy, a company in Denver that specializes in interactive classes on fine art and crafting. The company is listed among the top 30 start-up companies in America by Forbes, and is watched by 2.5 million viewers. They produced an online tutorial of my “Loosen Up”  class, which you can access anytime, anywhere, and once you’ve purchased the course, you own it forever. This year (2017) Craftsy was acquired by NBC Universal.

Here’s a little story about how it all happened.


Here’s a link to my Craftsy class, and make sure you have a look at another class by my friend and awesome oil painter and teacher, Jay Senetchko–– Paint and Palette Essentials.

Some student testimonials on the Craftsy class:

“Val, I loved everything about these lessons. The way you communicated the step by step processes, taking us through from start to finish was easy to follow and clear. The filming was fantastic and the way you talked to us made me feel like I was in the room. You’ve inspired me!
Highly recommend this for any painter wanting to loosen up or just enjoy painting! Thank you.”

“Val Nelson’s experience with painting is a joy to watch and learn. Her approach is encouraging, informative, and she offers a variety of techniques of how to paint more loosely. She shows how painting in a more expressive way is about using the materials in a thoughtful and resourceful manner. I highly recommend this course to any artist who wants to learn how to paint in a more expressive style.”

“This class has revealed so many techniques that I have missing at my level of painting. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I’m self taught so my knowledge of the essential elements of composition, structure, and brush work is weak. This class has been so very valuable to my artistic journey. Thank you, Val Nelson and, once again, Craftsy!”


I paint full-time, so I teach when my schedule permits. In my 1000 Parker Street studio in East Vancouver, I can accommodate private sessions for up to 2 people, and sometimes I teach group sessions. My group classes are often in six-week blocks (one 3-hour session per week), and sometimes I teach weekend and five-day intensives. I’m also available as a consultant/mentor to aspiring professional artists, as a guest teacher at art-schools and for painting groups, and I occasionally give painting demonstrations.

2018 RATES

Group classes at your choice of location within the Vancouver mainland:Full day (6-7 hours) $600 Half day (3 hours) $400
For classes outside of Vancouver, travel and accommodation (expenses extra.

Private Tutoring: $75/hr first consultation for new student/  $100/hr for return students

Private Tutoring for Two: $150/hr

1.5 hour Demonstration:  $250

Artist Talk: $350

Testimonials: Click here if you would like to read about how others feel about my classes.

Email list: If you’d like to be notified of future workshops and classes, or would like to discuss other ways in which we could work together that could be potentially awesome,  please email me : val@valnelson.ca