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



August Sunday Aug 4, 11, 18, 25

Afternoons 2:30-5:30

$250 + GST

Drop-ins $65 + GST per session

Max 8 students

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

To register: 778-865-2650

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: 778-865-2650

Cancellation policy:Please note that two weeks’ notice is required for cancellation.

Open Painting Studio

Saturday 2:30-5:30pm:  Sept 28, Oct 5 , 19, 26, Nov 2 & 9  
Sunday afternoons  2:30-5:30 Sept 29, Oct 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, 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: 778-865-2650

Cancellation policy:Please note that two weeks’ notice is required for cancellation.


Learn techniques for the painterly approach. This 2-day workshop in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is an opportunity for painters to loosen up their technique with the guidance of Vancouver artist Val Nelson.

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.

Workshop hours are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants may bring a bagged lunch. There are also several eateries within short walking distance.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own oil or acrylic painting supplies, canvas or board, and easel. (If you don’t have your own easel, please contact the organizer at 

To take advantage of the Early Bird rate, register by July 1, 2019. Spaces are limited. If you want to register for this workshop but prefer not to pay online, please contact maureenlatta9@gmail.comto make alternate payment arrangements.

For more information or to register visit


“Val’s Painting for Beginnerssessions 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.

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:   778-865-2650

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

Private Classes for Two: $150/hr

Group Classes:$400 half-day/ $750 full day


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.


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.