Beginner Watercolour Painting

February 9 – March 1

(4 Tuesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Caren Heine. This class is suited for people who have not tried watercolours before, or would like to refine their skills. Explore the wonderful medium of watercolours with experienced instructor and talented artist, Caren Heine. With 40 years of watercolour painting and teaching experience, Caren will guide the class through the intricacies of paint mixing and colour, using various painting surfaces and a variety of brushes to achieve washes, drawing and layering. Cost: $140.

Life Drawing

February 16 – March 22

(6 Tuesdays), 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Facilitated by Glen Chambers. Life Drawing sessions are open to those who wish to practice drawing the human figure in a group setting. There will be no instruction, only the opportunity to draw a live model in a variety of poses in the company of other artists. Easels and tables are provided, but bring your choice of drawing or painting materials and the Gallery will provide the model. Poses will be timed, beginning with a few short warms-up, then transitioning to longer poses. Pre-pay for 6 sessions prior to the start date or pay on a drop-in basis. 6 classes: $62.50 / Drop-in: $12.50.

Abstract Painting

24 February – 16 March

(4 Wednesdays), 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Facilitated by Mary Deveau. Create a painting that is simply about painting. This class will explore creative mark making, abstracting forms, colour theory and paint applications through a series of exercises that encourage painting intuitively, letting go of outcome and being open to change and surprise. We will be using methods of painting abstractly that will induce spontaneity like painting to music, dripping, splattering, flinging and smearing to free the mind up to make non-objective art, but also to inspire you to loosen up, have fun and paint more. Cost: $140.

Digital Photography Youth Workshop

February 27 and 28

11:00 am to 4:00 pm with Eiko Jones. This course is designed to be a casual and informative time for youth who aspire to become better photographers. Participants will easily master basic techniques through hands-on learning in a fun environment. Taken a step at a time, we will walk through the aspects of photography and getting the best possible image, regardless of what type of camera is used. By focusing on a single aspect of photography at a time, participants will learn what can be done with a camera to create some fun and inspiring images. The workshop will alternate between classroom time and outside photo sessions. Age range 12 -18 yrs. Cost: $115.

Poured Watercolours

March 23 – April 20

(5 Wednesdays), 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Facilitated by Catherine Martha Holmes. This class is open to beginners and advanced artists interested in exploring this medium. Poured watercolours is the art of layering transparent watercolours, similar to silkscreen printing (for this class we will be using Dr. Ph. Martins Hydrus concentrated liquid watercolour).We transfer/draw our image onto stretched watercolour paper, that has also been stapled to a watercolour board. 3 – 4 layers of paint are needed with drying time between each layer. The painting is created by preserving the different values of a composition using Pébéo drawing gum between each pour. Preserving lightest values first, middle, middle to dark and finally darkest values. The first class will focus on stretching watercolour paper and becoming familiar with liquid watercolours and Pébéo drawing gum. We will review our chosen images with strong light, middle to dark values. Watercolour stretching boards will be provided on loan for the duration of the class. Second, third and fourth class will find us applying drawing gum and pouring our paint using a limited palette of three primary colours. We will use our fifth class to add final details to our paintings and share our work with our classmates. Time permitting we will look at keeping an illustrated journal and other fun illustration techniques. All supplies are provided at a cost of $30.00. Students are just asked to wear older clothes and bring a painter’s apron or smock. Please note Pébéo drawing gum does contain latex. (Image: Catherine Martha Holmes, Baxter, Island Beagle, 12″ x 14″, 2014)  Cost: $140.

Artist Trading Cards

May 19

7:00 pm, would you like to create and trade miniature works of art? Artist Trading Cards are 2.5 x 3.5 inches and can be painted, collaged, mixed media, photographs….no rules, but original work. This is a fun, social and creative group that meets several times a year to swap trading cards with other people. Create some cards, sign the back and bring them to the Gallery. Admission by donation.

Introduction to Drawing

May 18 – June 1 – Cancelled

(3 Wednesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Catherine Martha Holmes. Cost: $130 (Non-Members) or $110 (Members) + $13 optional supply fee. Participants will become familiar with various drawing tools; pencils, graphite sticks, water-soluble pencils and charcoal to name but a few and different papers. We will begin in a very experimental way, concerned only with mark making and becoming comfortable with our supplies – spiral drawing, contour drawing, cross-hatching etc. Everyday objects will be our inspiration. Weather permitting we may take our drawing/sketching out-of-doors. Each class will find us studying various elements of design/composition; Line, shape, form, proportion, positive and negative space, perspective. 

Needle Felting

May 28

1:00 – 3:30 pm with Pam Dobbs.  Cost: $40 + $10 for supplies

In this beginner class, you will learn the basics of needle felting. Using a felting needle and wool roving, you will create a set of coasters using felt as your canvas and coloured wools as your “paint”. This one day tutorial is perfect for the beginner or those who would like a refresher on this fun technique.

Free Art-Making for Youth

July 25 and 27

(15 – 24 years of age), with Amy Malbeuf and Jordan Bennett. The Gallery welcomes youth to a free art-making workshop between 12:00 – 4:00 pm. No art experience is necessary, lunches will be provided and there is no cost to participate. This special opportunity, generously funded by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Campbell River Community Foundation, allows youth to work with professional artists, learn about their art practice and create their own artwork. Malbeuf and Bennett’s exhibition, Aja’sit, opens at the Campbell River Art Gallery on Thursday, July 28. The public is welcome to attend an opening reception at 6:30 pm to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

Beginner Watercolour Painting

October 18 – November 8

(4 Tuesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Caren Heine. Explore the wonderful medium of watercolours with experienced instructor and talented artist, Caren Heine. With 40 years of watercolour painting and teaching experience, Caren will guide the class through the intricacies of paint mixing and colour, using various painting surfaces and a variety of brushes to achieve washes, drawing and layering. This class is suited for people who have not tried watercolours before, or those who would like to renew their skills. Cost: $140.

Life Drawing

October 18 – November 22

(6 Tuesdays), 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Facilitated by Glen Chambers. Life Drawing sessions are open to those who wish to practice drawing the human figure in a group setting. Everyone is welcome and there will be no instruction, only the opportunity to draw a live model in a variety of poses in the company of other artists. Easels and tables are provided, but bring your choice of drawing or painting materials and the Gallery will provide the model. Poses will be timed, beginning with a few short warms-up, then transitioning to longer poses. You can register and pay for all six sessions prior to the start date or pay on a drop-in basis. 6 classes: $62.50 / Drop-in: $12.50

Our Storied Paths: Writing Workshop

October 22 – November 19

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(3 Saturdays), 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Facilitated by Annette Yourk. Our Storied Paths takes place over three Saturday sessions at two-week intervals, allowing time for preparation before each session. There will be time in class for writing exercises, discussion, and for other creative process aimed at waking up our senses, mining memory, speaking our truth; and finding ultimate meaning in unearthing the bones of our unique stories. Participants will find the keys to remembrance through discussion, memory and through the universality of the human experience. Our stories are not only mental narratives that engage our imagination or a string of interesting pictures ideas and dialogue. Story has the power to go right through us reaching into every cell, changing our chemistry and profoundly affecting our well-being. There are many paths to illumination, healing and transformation. Storytelling is one. Nothing makes sense until it’s turned into a story (John Gardner).

Annette Yourk is a storyteller, freelance writer and instructor with TheScribes.ca. Her work in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, magazines and online. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writing & Publishing Program, and of the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program in Adult Education, she has worked in all genres and with a wide range of learners; designing teaching, and editing. Cost: $150 (Non-Members) or $130 (Members).

Moving Forward in Watercolour

November 15 – December 6

(4 Tuesdays), 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Facilitated by Caren Heine. For those who have some watercolour experience, Heine will help move you forward with her engaging and inspiring teaching style and expertise. She will expand on the intricacies of paint and colour mixing, techniques for handling various painting surfaces, drawing and laying washes as well as brushwork techniques. Cost: $140.

Artist Trading Cards

November 17

Hosted at 7:00 pm. Would you like to create and trade miniature works of art? Artist Trading Cards are 2.5 x 3.5 inches and can be painted, collaged, mixed media, photographs….no rules, but original work. This is a fun, social and creative group that meets several times a year to swap trading cards with other people. Create some cards, sign the back and bring them to the Gallery. Admission by donation