WINTER PAINTING WORKSHOPS and CLASSES Feb/March 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.

The location is in my beloved studio at #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.  Two sessions are on offer, both in the afternoon.

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

If you’re interested in signing on to a class with me but are not sure where you fit, feel free to email me with any questions you may have and I’ll be happy to help.

val@valnelson.ca

See below for the details.

 

PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS Level 1

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

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

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 may be completing something already 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

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 may be completing something already 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 with full refund of deposit.

Questions?: To determine which  class is for you, send me an email or call: val@valnelson.ca   778-865-2650

 

AT THE SHADBOLT

Painting: Tips for Finishing

This is amended from a previous post offering two Sundays. The class actually takes place on one day only: Sunday -Jan 27, 10am-4pm

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, BurnabyContact: Marianne Otterstrom  Phone: 604-205-3014
Email:  marianne.otterstrom@burnaby.ca

 


MORE 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, my group classes are usually in six-week blocks (3-hour sessions), and I also offer private sessions. I also sometimes 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.

Group classes at your choice of location: Full day (6-7 hours) $650 Half day (3 hours) $450
For classes outside of Vancouver, travel expenses extra.

Private Tutoring/Consultation/Mentorship: $100/hr

First time visit for new student: $75

Mentorship package: 4 sessions $375

Private Consultation/Mentorship for Two: $150/hr

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

 

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.

loosen-up-title-card

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!”