Are you feeling stuck and in need of some fresh insight to push your painting forward? Or do you really want to paint again but are feeling a little rusty?

This hands-on painting workshop will introduce strategies to inject new energy into your process. If you have been painting alone, the group dynamic of a class creates a sense of camaraderie through an exchange of ideas. Warm-up exercises at the beginning of each day can help shift your attention in a different and new way. Students can bring projects already in process or start new ones in the class. The instructor will cover issues such as paint handling, palette and composition choices as well as historical and contemporary painting references. Oil and acrylic painters welcome (no turpentine, please).

The class size is small (maximum six students) so it’s an intimate and friendly setting. Private consultations also available; please email Val for more information.

Dates: 6 Saturday afternoons, September 22-October 27, and

November 10-December 15

Time:       2-5 pm


322b-1000 Parker Street, Vancouver

 Fee:          *$50/session, $275 for 6

To register:

Instructor Biography: An award-winning visual artist and sought-after instructor, Val studied at Emily College of Art and Design and in workshops with Florence-trained Paul Chizik and Lee Makalak. Short-listed for the Royal Bank painting prize, her work is in many private and corporate collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank, and she is included in Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, a book on the current state of painting in Canada. Val is represented by commercial galleries in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.


…Val has an approach to teaching that allows each participant to grow in their own direction, she is able to draw out of artists what it is they are trying to achieve and help them get there. Her knowledge of contemporary art provides a great foundation for her workshops; her examples inspire creativity and make one feel a part of the greater art world…    

Meghan Hildebrandt

…Val’s enthusiasm, sense of humour and gentle critiques kept me going as I worked tentatively through a frustrating time. For me “loosening up” meant working in the moment, rather than thinking ahead to a finished piece. I felt myself breaking through to a new way of working, both intellectually and technically, and I feel like my mind is finally connecting with my paintbrush!

-Camille Sleeman

*Please note that participants are encouraged to sign up for at least 4 sessions for group continuity.