Art Classes

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FALL Art Classes 2014

Register by Sept 5 and receive a 10% discount!
Call 250-762-2226 to register or for more information.

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Last updated: July 28, 2014

Day Classes
Cost: Members $130.00 | Non-members $160.00

Mixed Media: Anything Goes!
Instructor: Carney Oudendag
Mondays, Sept 22 to Nov 3
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Experiment, investigate and explore. Mixed media encourages using a variety of conventional materials along with the rescued and re-purposed, to create a work of art! It is an expressive way of working that embraces what the Japanese call wabi sabi, which celebrates beauty in imperfection. Our explorations could include: collage, acrylic paint, stamping and stencilling, texture, altering and decorating paper, incorporating found objects, transfers, and more. If you like the quirky, whimsical, and unpredictable, then come out to play!

An Introduction to the Painting Experience
Instructor: Harry Tonn
Tuesdays, Sept 23 to Nov 4
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This course will focus on four important aspects in the painting experience: establishing the intentions and goals of each student, learning a basic understanding of how each medium works, finding the most effective medium to reach each student’s goal, and employing the elements and principles of design as they relate to the content or interests of each student. To be successful in creating images it’s important to have goals in mind, whether established or simply directed toward a creative experience. Students will be led through a creative process that will enable them to find a medium that fits them each personally, and brings together their goals and interests with techniques, for a fulfilling, creative experience.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
Instructor: Rena Warren
Wednesdays, Sept 24 to Oct 29
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This course will teach the absolute beginner drawer the basic principles of observational drawing through a series of concentrated exercises, and guided practice. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of drawing materials and subjects.

Acrylic Painting for the Absolute Beginner
Instructor: Rena Warren
Wednesdays, Nov 5 to Dec 10
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This course will teach the absolute beginner painter the basic principles of acrylic painting by way of colour theory, a variety of application exercises, and guided practice. Students will create a completed painting by session end.

Evening Classes
Cost: Members $130.00 | Non-members $160.00

An Introduction to the Painting Experience
Instructor: Harry Tonn
Mondays, Sept 22 to Nov 3
6:00 to 9:00 pm
This course will focus on four important aspects to the painting experience: establishing the intentions and goals of each student, learning a basic understanding of how each medium works, finding the most effective medium to reach each student’s goal, and employing the elements and principles of design as they relate to the content or interests of each student.

Advancing the Painting Experience
Instructor: Harry Tonn
Mondays, Nov 10 to Dec 15
6:00 to 9:00 pm
To be successful in creating images it’s important to have goals in mind, whether established or simply directed toward a creative experience. Students will be led through a creative process that will enable them to find a medium that fits them each personally, and brings together their goals and interests with techniques, for a fulfilling, creative experience.

Watercolours Made Easy: Basic Techniques for First Timers
Instructor: Kendra Dixson
Thursdays, Sept 18 to Oct 23
6:00 to 9:00 pm
This workshop is perfect for someone who has never tried watercolour painting, even if they have never picked up a brush. Emphasis will be placed on the techniques and skills needed to develop a foundation of watercolour basics. Through demonstrations and practice we’ll take the intimidation out of watercolour and make painting easy and fun. Learn how to produce clear washes and textures, and depict clouds, trees, mist, water, snow, and more.

Make Your Watercolours Dance: Intermediate
Instructor: Kendra Dixson
Thursdays, Oct 30 to Dec 4
6:00 to 9:00 pm
This workshop is perfect for those who have dabbled in watercolour and would like to work on their technique and learn some more tricks and tips. With demonstrations and simple exercises, we will use the basic elements of composition, colour, and light to help bring your watercolours to life. Kendra’s approach is light hearted and fun.

Drawing for Everyone
Instructor: Jim Elwood
Thursdays, Sept 25 to Oct 30
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Students will work through a variety of creative exercises and technical drawing systems to increase the ability to ‘see’ what they want to draw and then have the skills to draw it. If you have always wanted to draw, or just want to improve on the drawing skills you have, this is your opportunity.

Drawing for Everyone: Level Two
Instructor: Jim Elwood
Thursdays, Nov 6 to Dec 11
6:00 to 9:00 pm
This class will is open to students continuing on from Level One, or students that have had some drawing experience.

Weekend Workshops
Cost: Members: $90 | Non-members $105.00 (supplies included)

Freeing the Creative Mind
Instructor: Joseph Sanchez
Saturday, Oct 25, , 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, Oct 26, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
New Mexico-based Joseph Sanchez is one of the artists in the 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated (7: PINAI) exhibition. We are fortunate to have him here to lead this special workshop. It will be a drawing and painting experience that frees the creative spirit and encourages a new aesthetic, one that is currently visible in much contemporary Native Art. Participants will come to understand art and nature in the context of how we see all the others with whom we share this planet. Creative action releases and shares new paths beyond the ‘isms’ that dominate our thinking about what art is.

Visual Storytelling
Instructor: Lee Claremont
Saturday, Nov 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 16, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Kelowna-based Lee Claremont is a visual storyteller of Mohawk and Irish descent. She is well known for her incredible use of colour and the sense of playfulness in her paintings. From the beginning of time Indigenous peoples have been telling their stories visually and orally. In this workshop you will examine the use of the spoken word and how it can be transformed into a visual language using paint and brush.

Knitting Metal Jewelry
Instructor: Brenda Dureault
Saturday, Nov 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday Nov 23, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
In this workshop you will create an elegant, hand-knit-wire cuff bracelet! Choose from several different semi-precious gemstone colours and meanings to personalize your bracelet for yourself or for someone special! No prior knitting experience required.

Coloured Water
Instructor: Alex Fong
Saturday, Nov 29, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 30, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Discover how to capture the power of watercolor in your work! Kelowna-based Alex Fong is well known for translucent, impressionistic paintings that capture the power of light and colour. In this workshop Fong will share his thirty-five years of watercolour secrets, conduct demonstrations on numerous watercolour techniques, and give participants guidance on developing their own personal painting style!

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

The Kelowna Art Gallery invited local writers Lori-Anne Poirier and Jennifer Smith to take a six-week art class and chronicle their experience. You can read about their adventures in art on our guest writers section.

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