This workshop is designed to guide the students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct traditional painting techniques. It aims to instruct painters on how to use the photograph to create a painting that surpasses the look of the photograph, not simply imitates a photograph.
The workshop will explain how to create a useful photo reference, covering topics such as ideal lighting, camera settings, lenses, Photoshop, and printing. The process will begin with preparations such as choosing a composition through quick sketches from a variety of reference photos, progressive oil sketches with limited use of the photograph, and then laying in the composition with an imprimatura wash. When that is dry, the students will learn to create color relationships that portray the space and volume, creating the illusion. Emphasis is then placed on paint application and ways of activating the surface.
Escape the creative confines of a highly structured art class and participate in a unique course where each student is taught in the media and style of their own choosing. During this course, you will be encouraged to bring ideas that mean something to you. Students will have an opportunity to contact the instructor prior to the course so that he may best help you prepare for a most enjoyable "Art Escape". This course will begin with some clear, practical drawing exercises to enhance observation and portrayal skills. The remainder of the course will be devoted to individual instruction in the mediums, styles and subjects of each learner’s choosing. This is an excellent opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of their favorite medium or learn the basic skills of a new one. Students will also learn a great deal through demonstration given to others in their mediums and styles.Find out more »
This course will introduce the student to a variety of watercolour techniques using flowers, fruit and vegetables for subject matter. Through demonstrations and discussions learn the wonderful versatility of watercolour while exploring the natural world. This class is designed for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills.Find out more »
Expand your stone-setting skills by learning new techniques of setting various styles of gemstones in different and creative ways. We will cover a variety of methods, incorporating cast and fabricated settings for round, oval, princess and pear-shaped faceted stones, as well as pearls and cabochons, in a hands-on learning environment.Find out more »
The print shop is opening its doors to teens who want to explore creative process of print making. They will make their own poster and/or t-shirt that expresses who they are in a fun and nourishing environment. Snacks will be provided. July 8-12.Find out more »
This workshop will combine art history with art making, exploring how landscape painting in Western art reflects the complicated relationship between humans and the environment. This course will focus in particular on changes in the conception of depth in painting and how this corresponds with the increasing separation between subject and object in Western thought more generally. We will explore ways of extending and flattening illusory space, working in a range of media (acrylic paint, charcoal, ink, pastels...) and from a variety of subjects, including collage, hand-made models, and plein air observation. We will consider the mystical space of Byzantine Icons, the development of linear perspective in the Renaissance, the concept of the Sublime in Romanticism and Modernism, and the fragmentation of space throughout the 20th century.Find out more »
How do you describe the summer? It’s almost impossible not to start with the temperature and the comparative brightness of the sun and if we are lucky enough to be in a place like St. Andrews, with the water, the trees, the birds and the whales. And can you really describe what happens in the summer – say summer love -- without framing it with summer details? As a result, describing what the sky was like in the summer in a short story or essay can become an exercise in rendering emotion or opinion through detail. In this course, we will experiment with describing our summer landscape in the creation of either short stories or essays based in St Andrews.Find out more »
"Join Poppy Balser for five days of watercolour painting in the landscape where she grew up. Explore some of Poppy's favourite painting locations through your own paintings made on location. We will be working both indoors and out of doors. Each day Poppy will demonstrate exercises designed to showcase the unique qualities of watercolours in capturing the rich maritime landscape surrounding picturesque St Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick. This workshop is offered at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre. We will have a view of the ocean from the back deck and gardens of the facility. Also, there are multiple plein air locations within easy reach of the Centre. Participants should come prepared to paint out of doors in a variety of conditions. If the weather is truly unpleasant, we will paint indoors."Find out more »
Designed to take advantage of dramatic changes in weather and light during the fall season, this project-based workshop will introduce you to topics such as visual design, understanding light, developing a concept, critiquing, and more. Using the historic seaside town of St. Andrews as our base, we’ll explore the area’s dramatic tides, stunning landscapes, botanical gardens and village life in ways that will inspire and challenge you.
The week includes lectures and slide presentations, editing sessions, and individual critiques, with participants working towards developing a cohesive body of work. Time will be available for practical instruction in camera settings and photo editing, as well as discussions on black & white photography, colour theory, composition, exhibition and presentation methods, printing on fine art papers, or submitting work to galleries.