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

John Baldessari and respecting one’s audience

John Baldessari, Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear), Opus 127 2007 Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York © John Baldessari Resin, fibreglass, bronze, aluminuim and electronics

The American artist John Baldessari, in a podcast from Tate Modern, states that he acknowledes his audience when making his artwork. His opinion on this developed through his need to communicate with his students; he needed to find ways to hold their attention. In his artist talk he says that he feels it is his job to provide enough “meat” for a more intellectual audience, but also to be able to connect with the average viewer; “I can’t control who will be looking at the work.”

Famous for sometimes poking fun at the artworld, here’s Baldessari in a version of I’m Making Art circa 1971.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6Gp3QvKwI&feature=related]

Passion and Work

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, published by Alfred A. Knopf

Julia Child
photo: Paul Child

I waited six weeks to receive an email from the Vancouver Public Library that the book I had reserved was waiting for me at my local library around the corner. I was in luck–it was a Thursday night, which meant the  library was open late. I could nip out before dinner and grab my precious object tout de suite.

Running all the way, I enthused to the librarian about my excited anticipation to read Julia Child’s already iconic biography, My Life in France. From the first page I knew I would not be disappointed. I’m half way through, and already mourning the event I know is coming––when I reach the final page.

Ms. Childs’ engaging story of her journey to becoming herself through her love of French cooking, and her descriptions of an American woman living in France in the 1950’s is an entertaining and delightful read.

Here is an excerpt describing a philosophy on cooking the lowly scramble egg by Chef Bugnard, one of her instructors at the Cordon Bleu cooking school:

His eggs were always perfect, and although he must have made this dish several thousand times, he always took great pride and pleasure in this performance. Bugnard insisted that one pay attention, learn the correct technique, and that one enjoy one’s cooking––”Yes, Madame Scheeld, fun!” he’d say “Joy!”

I am not the most adept of cooks; though I love eating, I’m the type who can make a decent meal when called upon, but most of my artistic energy goes into work in the studio. Reading My Life in France has me thinking that maybe I should sign up for that cooking course; I might actually enjoy myself.

Go, go at once, dear reader, and get yourself a copy of this wonderful book.

Passion and Work

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, published by Alfred A. Knopf

Julia Child
photo: Paul Child

I waited six weeks to receive an email from the Vancouver Public Library that the book I had reserved was waiting for me at my local library around the corner. I was in luck–it was a Thursday night, which meant the  library was open late. I could nip out before dinner and grab my precious object tout de suite.

Running all the way, I enthused to the librarian about my excited anticipation to read Julia Child’s already iconic biography, My Life in France. From the first page I knew I would not be disappointed. I’m half way through, and already mourning the event I know is coming––when I reach the final page.

Ms. Childs’ engaging story of her journey to becoming herself through her love of French cooking, and her descriptions of an American woman living in France in the 1950’s is an entertaining and delightful read.

Here is an excerpt describing a philosophy on cooking the lowly scramble egg by Chef Bugnard, one of her instructors at the Cordon Bleu cooking school:

His eggs were always perfect, and although he must have made this dish several thousand times, he always took great pride and pleasure in this performance. Bugnard insisted that one pay attention, learn the correct technique, and that one enjoy one’s cooking––”Yes, Madame Scheeld, fun!” he’d say “Joy!”

I am not the most adept of cooks; though I love eating, I’m the type who can make a decent meal when called upon, but most of my artistic energy goes into work in the studio. Reading My Life in France has me thinking that maybe I should sign up for that cooking course; I might actually enjoy myself.

Go, go at once, dear reader, and get yourself a copy of this wonderful book.