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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 Auction which 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 waitlist being taken and it’s possible to make absentee bids.

 

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Fall Painting Classes

 

OPEN STUDIO: PAINTING

Saturdays 2:30-5:30pm: September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3

FULL

Sundays 2:30-5:30pm: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, DATE CHANGE:no class October 28, November 4, DATE CHANGE November 11

Waitlist being taken

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.

This class is popular, and I run it often throughout the year. If you’d like to be informed about the next one, drop my a line!  val@valnelson.ca

 

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PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

THIS CLASS IS FULL, BUT DO LET ME KNOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE ON A LIST FOR THE NEXT ONE IN EARLY 2019!  val@valnelson.ca

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

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!

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PRIVATE TUTORING/MENTORSHIP

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 which 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

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LEARN PAINTING with Val Nelson ONLINE

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.

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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!”


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ABOUT MY PAINTING AND DRAWING CLASSES

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

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ONE SPOT LEFT / Drop-ins Available

August: OPEN STUDIO PAINTING WORKSHOP

I have one spot left in this 4-part workshop series. There are a few drop-in day spots also available–ask me for details!

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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Sunday, July 8

Saturday afternoons 2:30-5:30

August 4, 11, 18, 25

$250

Location: #322b-1000 Parker Street

CONTACT: val@valnelson.ca

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Painting Mentorships

 

PRIVATE TUTORING/MENTORSHIP

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 practise.

First one-hour session for new students: $75

4 session mentorship package: $400 which 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

 

 

 

 

 

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Flow: Works from the Surrey Art Gallery Permanent Collection

April 14- June 10, 2018:   See paintings, sculptures, and ceramics from the Surrey Art Gallery’s 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 6:30-9pm on 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

13450 – 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC, Canada
V3T 1V8

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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

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“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/

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Life

For the past several years, I’ve been researching portraiture, including a series of painted and drawn self-portraits, portraits of friends and students, and also some drawn portrait studies I made in Paris of people I met there this past Spring.

I’ve included a portrait of a tree as well.

All but one of these were painted or drawn life.

Self-portrait with headphones, oil on paper, 15 x 11 inches

Self-portrait with big neck, oil on paper, 15 x 11 inches

Self-portrait as Kokoschka, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait as a Dutchwoman, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Mute, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait painting, oil on canvas and oil on paper diptych, approx dimensions: 10 x 10 and 11 x 15 inches

 

Self-portrait in electric light, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait with broken clavicle, approx dimensions 11 x 11 inches, graphite and pencil crayon on paper

Self-portrait in springtime, oil on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Pauline, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 10.25 inches

 

 

Michelle, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

Mélissa, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

 

Julien, Paris (detail), graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

More portraits can be found here.

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Toronto Star article

A lovely article about some very nice peeps who collect my work in the Toronto area.. Below is their country house, with my art hanging in the dining room–thank you Toronto Star!

Cobourg-area farm transformed into family’s getaway

photo credit: Toronto Star

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CRAFTSY Online Painting Class

For those of you who enjoy my paintings and also like painting yourselves,  you might like an inside view of how I make them! Here’s a link for 25% off on my CRAFTSY online class: Loosen Up! Techniques for the Painterly Approach. Lots of tips on brushwork, composition, and some pointers on colour mixing. Enjoy!

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