Lori-Anne Poirier

Image courtesy of Lori-Anne Poirier, thepeartree.ca

Ever wondered what it is like to take an art class at the Kelowna Art Gallery?

The Kelowna Art Gallery invited local freelance writer Lori-Anne Poirier, of The Pear Tree, to take a six-week art class of her choice and chronicle her experience.

Whether you are a beginner art student thinking about taking your first class at the Gallery, or an art appreciator wondering where it all begins for some artists, we invite you to join Lori-Anne on her adventure through a six-part series of articles titled Channeling the Painter Within, as she shares her experiences as a student of art at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Channeling the Painter Within – Lesson I
After coaxing you all to adopt a resolution to “culturize” yourselves this year, the Kelowna Art Gallery decided to turn the tables on me and invited me to do a little bit of cutlurizing on myself with a six-week art class … read more

Channeling the Painter Within – Lesson II
I had a Zen moment during my Kelowna Art Gallery painting class this week. It surprised and discomfited me just a little bit. You see, one of my challenges as a would-be artist seems to be generosity. With the paint, I mean … read more

Channeling the Painter Within – Lesson III
There’s a saying I’ve heard, that goes, “beautiful hands are lazy hands,” or words to that effect. The point is that only hands that are idle can be kept beautiful. I happen to disagree … read more

Channeling the Painter Within – Lesson IV
I missed my last art class at the Kelowna Art Gallery because of a family gathering I attended this week. Fortunately, though, it was an evening of working on our projects without a lot of new information being added. So. I took an evening to myself, set up at the dining room table and started a new piece … read more

Channeling the Painter Within – Lesson V
Here is a rundown of my Monday evenings since I started my weekly, six-week art class at the Kelowna Art Gallery: 4 p.m. The beginning … read more

Channeling the Painter Within – Lesson VI
All good things must come to an end, as we know, and Monday night saw the wrap-up of my six-week art class, Exploring Acrylic Painting Mediums, at the Kelowna Art Gallery … read more

Lori-Anne Poirier is the editor of The Pear Tree, an Okanagan-based online magazine inspired by a love for nostalgia, beauty and feeling good.

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