Classes and Events

Autumn has arrived, and with it a renewed desire to learn and create! I’ve spent the summer designing all kinds of classes and workshops for youth and adults. Here’s what I’ll be offering over the next several months.

I’m proud to be teaching at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. I’m continuing to focus on adult workshops, which will be happening in person at our studio….very exciting!

*Classes will take place at the AGGV Studio, located at 1040 Moss Street and are subject to change based on the up-to-date BC provincial health and safety guidelines. Classes may move to an online format if necessary.

To register, and for further information, contact Oona McClure, Studio Coordinator at studio@aggv.ca, register online at https://aggv.ca, or call 250-384-4171 ext. 0.

Are you yearning to show your bad-ass self to the world, the part of you that’s wild and liberated ? The you need to sign up for Bad-Ass, the Art Workshops! Lovingly designed by moi, these four evening adult “AGGV Artful” workshops will help you reconnect to your fine, free self! Enjoy one or all, in an intimate group setting.

Artful: Stand Proudly – Rewrite and Reclaim! (adult workshop)
Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
$45 non-members | $35 members 

Reclaim a word or words which in some way have hurt or demeaned you, or brought you down in any way. Follow a sequence of engaging steps to physically deconstruct a word or phrase, then reassemble it into a beautiful and personally meaningful piece of abstract art.

Artful: Naked Truth (adult workshop)
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
$45 non-members | $35 members 

Create a graphic novel style portrait of yourself, speaking a truth you wish to share with the world! Don’t worry if you’re new to drawing and painting; you’ll enjoy learning how to make a picture that looks like the oh-so-real you, inside and out.

Artful: Fierce Fairy Tales about your Fine Future (adult workshop) 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
$45 non-members | $35 members 

What do you want for your future? Imagine all you wish to be, and then make it visual by constructing a distinctly personal and empowering mini-book using all kinds of exciting materials.

Artful: Shine Your Light (adult workshop)
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
$45 non-members | $35 members 

This highly creative experience begins with making a tiny, expressive image of your most genuine self, using a photocopy and paint. Then, you’ll learn how to hand tool a soft metal frame to go around your picture. The combination results in a glowing, radiant piece of art. Let yourself shine!

At the gorgeous Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, I’m running in-person classes and a Pro-D camp for youth. Social distancing guidelines are in place, as are all other current Covid protocols. To register: https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/parks-recreation-community/arts/arts-centre-at-cedar-hill/visual-arts.html

Art Adventures – Thursdays, October 28 – December 16 / 10:00 – 11:00 – 7 classes, $76.00

One of my most popular classes! It’s all about fun and experimentation in this art making class for toddlers 2-4 and their parent/caregiver. Young ones will be cheerfully guided in their exploration of all things art, using a wide variety of irresistible materials.

Creative Kids – Mondays, Sept 13 – Oct 25 / 3:45 – 5:15 – 6 classes, $97.00

Mondays, November 1 -December 13 / 3:45 – 5:17 – 7 classes, $113.00

Young artists aged 6-8 will enjoy expressing their creativity though painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and the ever-popular building station! Focus is on developing skills and confidence in this process based class, designed to stimulate imagination and excite the senses.

BOTH SESSIONS SOLD OUT

Pro-D Art and Clay Camp (ages 6 – 9)

Monday, Sept 27 / 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – $56.00

Children will spend the morning with me in a whirlwind of drawing, painting, printmaking and more, then spend the afternoon in our professional calibre clay studio!

ART CAMP SOLD OUT

I am happy to continue teaching a daytime art class at St. Margaret’s School, an exceptional private girl’s school in Saanich established in 1908. Now I’m running an after school art program there as well.

As the Family Sunday Coordinator for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, I have the pleasure of helping to design, coordinate and facilitate our monthly art making event at the gallery. For now families are participating virtually, and it’s my job to make this long distance art experience exciting, entertaining and meaningful to all who participate. Have a peek at our truly delightful October 2020 Family Sunday video: https://youtu.be/xhDW4PIuYco

An especially gratifying part of my art life is facilitating workshops in conjunction with the Salvation Army, who run a program for men who have been incarcerated and are recovering from drug addiction. Equally exciting has been designing and facilitating art programs for Victoria’s Cool Aid Society, the Intercultural Association of Victoria, and Bridges for Women, a Vancouver Island community agency which offers support to women who have been impacted by violence or abuse.

Art Starts is a charitable organization that brings artists from the worlds of theatre, dance, music and visual arts into the BC school system. Teachers can access Art Start’s online Artist Directory and choose who they’d like to bring into their classroom for a day, a week or longer. Now I’m part of their roster of artists. To see my profile there: https://artstarts.com.

I’m now offer personalized online art workshops for organizations or individuals. Just think, an art experience designed just for your workplace, your group of friends, or your children! Please contact me if you’d like to know more.

In my studio I’m illustrating for publications, organizations and events, plus creating my own art for shows. Speaking of which, my online show, “52 Designs for Wearing Your Insides Outside” is now available for viewing on this very website! I add a new image each week to the show, so I invite you to visit often.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions I’d love to hear from you. Have yourself an autumn filled with happiness and creativity.

April

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