WINTER PAINTING WORKSHOPS and CLASSES 2019

Registration is open for my upcoming Open Studio and Painting for Beginners classes! All classes are three hours each, and take place on weekends, in a series of six consecutive weeks.

Location: 322b-1000 Parker Street

Open Studio is for those with some painting experience who want to hone their craft while sharing the great energy of other inspiring painter/learners.  Choose from two options, Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

Painting for Beginners Level 1 is a great foundation for any new (or new-ish) painter wanting a crash course in basic classical painting technique using an impressionistic approach. Painting for Beginners Level 2 is great for those who have already taken Level 1 (or equivalent) and are eager to build on that.

Here are a couple of lovely testimonials from some of my students:

“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

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, visual artist, Vancouver, BC

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


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS Level 1  

This class is full! But good news, I’m running this course again March 30-May 11. Register at val@valnelson.ca

Six Sunday mornings: 10am-1pm

Dates: Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10

Level: Beginner Acrylic

Tuition: $365 + GST

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!


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS Level 2   Act now, this class is almost full!

Six Saturday mornings: 10am-1pm

Dates: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9

Level: Beginner Acrylic with some painting experience. It’s recommended to take Level 1 first for solid technical understanding.

Tuition: $365 + GST

Learn the steps to building an acrylic painting using a loose, impressionistic approach. Class begins with a simple landscape study, after which students can bring their own project based on a personal photo. Learn how light and dark patterns, colour and value contrast, and brush direction operate to pull the eye through a painting. Small class size and plenty of individual instruction!


SATURDAY OPEN STUDIO

Drop-ins available. Contact: val@valnelson.ca

Six Saturday afternoons: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Dates: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9

Level: Experienced beginner/intermediate. Oil or acrylic

Tuition: $365 + GST

Keep the momentum going in your painting practice, with regular weekly painting sessions in the company of like-minded painters. Tackle technical concerns with detailed instruction from an experienced professional painter. You will work on a personal project you bring to the workshop, which could be completing something you already have on the go, or beginning something new. Each session begins with a 30-minute painting or drawing warm-up exercise on paper.


SUNDAY OPEN STUDIO

Drop-ins available. Contact: val@valnelson.ca

Six Sunday afternoons: 2:30-5:30pm

Dates: Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10

Level: Intermediate. Oil or acrylic

Tuition: $365 + GST

Keep the momentum going in your painting practice, with regular weekly painting sessions in the company of like-minded painters. Tackle technical concerns with detailed instruction from an experienced professional painter.

You will work on a personal project you bring to the workshop, which could be completing something you already have on the go, or beginning something new. Each session begins with a 30-minute painting or drawing warm-up exercise on paper.

To Register: val@valnelson.ca / 778-865-2650 / www.valnelson.ca  E-transfer or cheque.

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

Mentorship/Critique: $100/hr

Artist talk: $350

Painting Demo: $350