Place des Arts offers students of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation of the visual arts. Our objective is to provide a friendly, non-competitive environment where creativity and innovation can flourish.

Visual Arts classes for all ages in a wide variety of mediums, including drawing and painting as well as fibre arts and ceramic arts, run during the fall, winter and spring sessions. Students are encouraged to take more than one session, as each session introduces new ideas, techniques and materials.

Register online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts.

View and download our complete 2019/2020 Annual Program Guide
(Please note: Our Program Guide is accurate at the time of printing. Changes sometimes occur over the season; therefore, for the most up-to-date information, please refer to the class descriptions on the website.)

Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media

Do you want to try your hand at drawing, painting or mixed media? Or are you an experienced artist looking to hone your skills? With our wide variety of fine art classes offered by experienced and talented teachers, you’re sure to find something to fit your skill level and interests.

Fibre Arts

Our fibre arts classes for children introduce them to a new world of crafts by exploring weaving, felting and other fibre arts. Kids can create their own one-of-a-kind treasures and gain hands-on experience while developing fine motor skills, colour sense and an understanding of how textiles are created.

In our adult fibre arts classes, students develop skills in tapestry, weaving, and spinning & dyeing while creating beautiful projects. Our well-equipped, dedicated fibre studio, featuring a variety of table and floor looms, as well as spinning wheels, provides the ultimate learning environment.

The studio is available to registered students for practice sessions free of charge. Weaving students are also able to take home small table looms for practice between classes.

Fibre arts equipment loan policy

Students who borrow equipment that will be taken out of the building will be required to sign a contract and pay a refundable deposit of $50 on small equipment and $100 on large equipment. A non-refundable fee of $5 will be charged per session to help cover the cost of repairs and maintenance of loaned equipment.

Pottery & Sculpture

Kids love getting their hands in the mud in our Clay Play handbulding classes, and teens and adults can develop and hone skills in handbuilding or wheelthrowing.

Place des Arts is equipped with a mid-fire stoneware facility consisting of three spaces: the manufacturing area, the glazing area and the kiln room. The manufacturing area has ten pottery wheels and space for handbuilding. Available glazes are displayed in the glazing room with a reference library. Three electric kilns of varying sizes and one gas kiln offer the option of both oxidation and reduction firing.

Clay must be purchased from Place des Arts, and a supply list is available at the registration desk. Open studio time is included for students registered in pottery classes.

Program Type?

All
Private Lesson
Group Classes
Drop-in
Summer Classes

Acrylic Painting: Through the Window

Two-day class

18+ years

Animation Studio

10 – 14 years

Anime/Manga

13 – 17 years

Art Bugs

8 – 12 years

Art Enhancement

14 – 25 years

Art Sampler

6 – 7 years

Art Sampler

3 – 5 years

Basic Acrylic Painting

18+ years

Basic Mixed Media

Four-week mini session

18+ years

Basic Watercolour Painting

18+ years

Basketry for Kids

Two-day class

8 – 12 years

Beginner Drawing & Painting

18+ years

Black and White Dynamic Painting

One-day class

18+ years

Cartooning

5 – 7 years

Cartooning

8 – 12 years

Cartooning: Comics

8 – 12 years

Cartoons & Animation

8 – 12 years

Charcoal Drawing: Dramatic Shading

One-day class

18+ years

Christmas Clay Magic

Two-day class

8 – 12 years

Christmas Clay Magic

Two-day class

4 – 7 years

Creative Clay

5 – 7 years

Creative Clay

8 – 12 years

Creative Clay

3 – 5 years

Digital Media Art

13 – 17 years

DIY Comics

8 – 12 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with Stan Hunc

5 – 7 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with Stan Hunc

8 – 12 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with with Olga Pirogova

5 – 7 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with Olga Pirogova

8 – 12 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with Jocelyn Sanchez

5 – 7 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with Jocelyn Sanchez

8 – 12 years

Drawing & Painting

Classes with Stan Hunc

13 – 17 years

Drawing & Painting Preschool

Classes with Olga Pirogova

3 – 5 years

Drawing & Painting Preschool

Classes with Jocelyn Sanchez

3 – 5 years

Drawing 101

18+ years

Drawing 102

18+ years

Drawing 103

18+ years

Dynamic Composition: Painting in Black and White

One-day class

18+ years

Essentials of Landscape Painting

One-day class

18+ years

Family Time: Felting Fun

Two-day class

3 – 6 years

Felted Christmas Ornaments

One-day class

8 – 12 years

Felting for Kids

Two-day class

8 – 12 years

Fibre Fun

6 – 12 years

Fundamentals of Art & Design

18+ years

Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

Classes with David Lloyd

18+ years

Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

Classes with Fredi Rahn

18+ years

Illustration Station

8 – 12 years

Intro to Portraiture Drawing

One-day class

18+ years

Intro to Pottery: Throw a Basic Cylinder

Three-day class

18+ years

Introduction to Felting

One-day class

18+ years

Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving

Six-week mini session

18+ years

Introduction to Table Loom Weaving

18+ years

Let’s Get Digital: Intro to Digital Media

8 – 12 years

Miniature Baskets

One-day class

18+ years

Oil Painting for Beginners

Six-week mini session

18+ years

Outdoor Painting: Landscape Inspirations

2018/2019 One-day class

18+ years

Painting 101

18+ years

Painting 102

18+ years

Painting 103

18+ years

Parent & Me: Clay Creations

Three-day class

6 – 10 years

Parent & Me: Clay Creations

Three-day class

3 – 5 years

Parent & Me: Paints and Pastels

Three-day class

3 – 5 years

Parent & Me: Paints and Pastels

Three-day class

6 – 10 years

Pottery and Sculpture

13 – 17 years

Private Fibre Arts Lessons

18+ years

Private Pottery Lessons

18+ years

Private Visual Arts Lessons

18+ years

Random Weave Garden Basket

One-day class

18+ years

Scratching the Surface

Two-day class

18+ years

So you think you can’t draw?

Six-week mini session

18+ years

So you think you can’t make art?

Six-week mini session

18+ years

So you think you can’t paint in watercolour?

Six-week mini session

18+ years

Table & Floor Loom Weaving

18+ years

Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

Classes with Clive Tucker

18+ years

Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

Classes with David Lloyd

18+ years

Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

Classes with Dan Severence

18+ years

Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding: Intermediate/Advanced

18+ years

Woven Letter Basket

One-day class

18+ years

Program Overview

Learn how to use acrylic paints  and colour mixing to capture the outdoors from inside our warm, cozy studio. You’ll work from photos and imagination as well as the landscape outside the  windows. Individual expression is encouraged. Class is suitable for all levels.  Supplies included.

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Jane Appleby

Jane Appleby

Visual Arts for Adults

Jane Appleby is an expressive painter inspired by the Canadian landscape, often painting outdoors in the plein air tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven. Her abstract and impressionistic work has been described as Emily Carr meets Gauguin, both spiritual in nature and colourfully unique.

Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her family and recalls the freedom she felt at experiencing the beautiful natural settings of the west coast.

She was previously an x-ray technician and fitness instructor and decided to follow her dream of painting professionally after studying art and learning from many prominent artists. The late Robert Genn, at one of his workshops, dubbed Jane a full member of “The 37 club” – fast and purposeful painting in 37 minutes and 37 strokes. She now teaches this method.

Along with taking numerous workshops, Jane obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Fine Arts Techniques Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Jane has received several awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists, written articles for the Art Venues Magazine, and taken FCA members on Plein-Air Paint-Outs. She serves on the Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Committee and instructs workshops at Place des Arts. On occasion she can be found teaching watercolours at sea on the Cunard Cruise Lines.

She has been painting for over 25 years and currently works in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Her work is available at Silk Gallery in Port Moody and Gallery 88 in Vancouver. She shares her inspirations and painting methods on her YouTube Channel: Jane_Appleby_Art and website janeappleby.com.

Through her work she hopes to inspire the artist in all of us.

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Program Overview

From designing and  storyboarding to timing and editing, create your own dynamic and entertaining  animated short film while practicing the hand-drawn animation techniques of  anime, Saturday-morning cartoons or stop-motion animation with clay or toys.  Supplies included. A digital camera with removable card is recommended for this  class.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Learn to draw in the diverse styles of Japanese comics and cartoons. You’ll practice design, proportion, expression and body language. Learn to draw your favourite characters, and then create a cast of compelling characters to star in your own printed manga comic book. Supplies included.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Catch the art bug! Explore various art techniques using pencils, pastels, markers, watercolours, acrylic paint and polymer clay. You’ll learn what line, colours, shape, form, space, contrast, value and texture are in art. With a focus on the creative process, come expand your imagination and gain a new appreciation for art. Supplies included.

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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Program Overview

Are you ready to advance as an artist?  Through a combination of studio sessions, field trips and a focus on mediums, style and ideas, Art Enhancement is an enriched program for students serious about improving their artistic ability. Consideration will be given to students’ needs in planning the activities. An interview and/or portfolio are required. Classes take place in Don Portelance’s home studio. Please call Place des Arts at 604-664-1636 for more info. Supplies included.

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Don Portelance

Don Portelance

Visual Arts for Youth

Don Portelance is a master artist and teacher, working in a variety of media. Through the years, Don has received many awards and has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. His work appears in private and corporate collections around the world.

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Classes

23436

THU • Sep 19 - Nov 21 • 7:15PM - 9:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$225

23437

THU • Feb 6 - Apr 16 • 7:15PM - 9:45PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$225

Program Overview

Creativity and imagination! Come explore different art mediums―painting, drawing, collaging, printing, clay modelling and much more. Through a series of process-oriented and open-ended projects, young children will discover the joy and excitement in doing art!

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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Program Overview

Creativity and imagination!  Come explore different art mediums – painting, drawing, collaging, printing, clay modelling and much more. Through a series of process-oriented and open-ended projects, young children will discover the joy and excitement in doing art. Supplies included. Parents/Care Givers are required to remain in the building during class and pick their children up from the classroom door.

Teacher

Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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Program Overview

Start with the basics of acrylic painting through simple techniques, exercises and guidance. Gain an easy understanding of this medium building up your skill and confidence.  Experiment with acrylic paints and their various properties by mixing and applying colour theory, value range, brush techniques, composition, all with helpful advice. Suitable for beginners and intermediates. Supplies Included.

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Bernadette Rollin

Bernadette Rollin

Adult Visual Arts

Bernadette Rollin was born and raised in Switzerland where from early childhood she loved to draw, paint and do crafts. In 1977, she moved and immigrated to Vancouver.

In 1982 Bernadette began exploring decorative painting which she had fully enjoyed for ten years and by 1992 Bernadette then moved on to discover the beauty of watercolour painting.

Since 1999 the technique and mediums of her art have evolved to include pastels, oils, acrylics, ink stamping and layering of porous material, all of which have challenged her to further explore the inner-depths of her art and creativity. Through the inspiration of Bernadette’s love of gardening, outdoor activities and nature these themes are now being incorporated throughout her art work.

Over the years, Bernadette has continued to develop artistically exploring a variety of techniques, perfecting her skills through studies in drawing and painting courses. Bernadette’s current works incorporate painting larger, semi-abstract mixed media on canvas with varied surfaces complete with bolder and brighter colours.

Bernadette was a Founding Member of the Art Focus Art Group as well as being an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Over the years, Bernadette has participated in many selected solo and group exhibitions with Bernadette’s art work being purchased by a number of Government agencies as well as by collectors around the world.

Currently Bernadette also teaches painting to children and adults, in conjunction with being a yoga instructor.

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Program Overview

In this fun-filled mixed-media painting class, develop skills and further express yourself by expanding your creativity and knowledge. Combine acrylic and/or watercolour painting techniques such as applying gels, spraying, spattering, stamp impressions and adding collage paper and fibres to add texture to your creative art pieces. Suitable for beginners and intermediates. Supplies Included.

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Bernadette Rollin

Bernadette Rollin

Adult Yoga

Bernadette has been practicing yoga since 1984. She received her Yoga Teacher Certificate in September 2000 upon completing five years of yoga study with Om Sairam. Bernadette has also received her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate from Sandra Sammartino and her Canadian Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (CYA-E-RYT500). Bernadette has been teaching yoga to both adults and children since 1999, blending dedication, passion and joy into her teaching.

She is a member of the Yoga Alliance and, over the years, has continued to develop her yoga education through workshops, reading and practice. Bernadette is also a successful visual artist and teaches art to children.

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Program Overview

In this watercolour class you’ll start with the basics, learning easily through simple techniques. With  experienced guidance, gain a fundamental understanding of materials and exercises that will build up your skills and confidence. Experiment with watercolour pigments, papers, applying and mixing paint, brush techniques, composition and more. Suitable for beginners and intermediates. Supplies  Included.

Teacher

Bernadette Rollin

Bernadette Rollin

Adult Visual Arts

Bernadette Rollin was born and raised in Switzerland where from early childhood she loved to draw, paint and do crafts. In 1977, she moved and immigrated to Vancouver.

In 1982 Bernadette began exploring decorative painting which she had fully enjoyed for ten years and by 1992 Bernadette then moved on to discover the beauty of watercolour painting.

Since 1999 the technique and mediums of her art have evolved to include pastels, oils, acrylics, ink stamping and layering of porous material, all of which have challenged her to further explore the inner-depths of her art and creativity. Through the inspiration of Bernadette’s love of gardening, outdoor activities and nature these themes are now being incorporated throughout her art work.

Over the years, Bernadette has continued to develop artistically exploring a variety of techniques, perfecting her skills through studies in drawing and painting courses. Bernadette’s current works incorporate painting larger, semi-abstract mixed media on canvas with varied surfaces complete with bolder and brighter colours.

Bernadette was a Founding Member of the Art Focus Art Group as well as being an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Over the years, Bernadette has participated in many selected solo and group exhibitions with Bernadette’s art work being purchased by a number of Government agencies as well as by collectors around the world.

Currently Bernadette also teaches painting to children and adults, in conjunction with being a yoga instructor.

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Program Overview

Try something new in this hands-on workshop. You will learn basic basketry techniques like plaiting and twining, and twist natural rattan cane into small baskets and wreaths. Supplies included.

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Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine

Fibre Arts for Children & Youth

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s Fibre Fun classes for children are among Place des Arts’ most popular programs, and she is also a regular art camp teacher, where she offers a variety of fibre arts classes to children and youth.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.

Catherine has led community engagement workshops for Place des Arts, both at the centre and as a Place des Arts representative at external community events. In 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate our 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as an artist in residence, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during our annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

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Program Overview

The focus of this introduction to drawing and painting class is on learning the fundamentals of creating 2D art. From lighting and shading to understanding perspective and more, each exercise will allow you to explore different techniques and materials. The content in each class will lead to completion of a self-directed project.

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Rebecca Blair

Rebecca Blair

Celtic Harp, Adult Visual Arts

Music Bio

Rebecca’s career as a musician and teacher has been both rich and varied. Her musical studies began in the classical realm with the clarinet, culminating in 1996 when she graduated with a master’s degree in performance and musicology from the University of Victoria.

Since then, she has focused her interest on Celtic music and improvisation on the harp, attending many Celtic harp workshops all over North America and Ireland, where she studied with such notables as Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace.

Rebecca’s approach to playing and teaching the harp draws on her classical background and combines it with her passion for Celtic music. Her teaching philosophy focuses on balancing disciplined technique with improvisation and creativity.

Rebecca regularly gives harp workshops at Place des Arts, which attract students from all over the province. She is active in the Vancouver folk music scene, performing around the Lower Mainland as both a soloist and with groups such as the Maenads and Triskelion.

Rebecca works as a freelance musician, playing at many special events; her audiences have included the President of Ireland and the International Bar Association. She has also applied her skills as a studio musician and has been featured on CD’s such as the Maenads and Orra Chan by Teresa Doyle. Rebecca keeps a busy schedule of teaching and performing, as well as studying Irish dance. Visit her website at www.dancingharp.com.

Visual Arts Bio

Rebecca Blair has been an active member of the arts community in Vancouver, which includes a decade of teaching at Place des Arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Lethbridge and a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria. For nine years Rebecca taught drawing courses at Whatcom Community College in Washington State.

Rebecca’s art experiences have also taken her to Italy where she taught for a semester in Florence and attended a fresco restoration workshop in Altamura, Puglia. She has participated in several local art events such as the East Vancouver Cultural Crawl and art shows at Place des Arts. She attends the life drawing sessions at Vancouver’s Basic Inquiry studio.

Rebecca’s body of work focuses on watercolour landscapes and portraits in various media which is inspired by her travels both local and abroad. She is presently writing a book on the 17th-century Dutch artist, Jan Vermeer.

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Program Overview

Find out how different shapes and elements impact the composition in painting. Explore black and white structures and balance (including Japanese Notan) in painting by making simple compositions with various mediums including paper, pen, acrylic or watercolour.  Suitable for all levels; supplies included.

Teacher

Jane Appleby

Jane Appleby

Visual Arts for Adults

Jane Appleby is an expressive painter inspired by the Canadian landscape, often painting outdoors in the plein air tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven. Her abstract and impressionistic work has been described as Emily Carr meets Gauguin, both spiritual in nature and colourfully unique.

Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her family and recalls the freedom she felt at experiencing the beautiful natural settings of the west coast.

She was previously an x-ray technician and fitness instructor and decided to follow her dream of painting professionally after studying art and learning from many prominent artists. The late Robert Genn, at one of his workshops, dubbed Jane a full member of “The 37 club” – fast and purposeful painting in 37 minutes and 37 strokes. She now teaches this method.

Along with taking numerous workshops, Jane obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Fine Arts Techniques Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Jane has received several awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists, written articles for the Art Venues Magazine, and taken FCA members on Plein-Air Paint-Outs. She serves on the Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Committee and instructs workshops at Place des Arts. On occasion she can be found teaching watercolours at sea on the Cunard Cruise Lines.

She has been painting for over 25 years and currently works in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Her work is available at Silk Gallery in Port Moody and Gallery 88 in Vancouver. She shares her inspirations and painting methods on her YouTube Channel: Jane_Appleby_Art and website janeappleby.com.

Through her work she hopes to inspire the artist in all of us.

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Program Overview

Learn to draw all kinds of characters, from funny animals to humans. You’ll practice design, proportion, expression and body language, and learn how to draw your favourite characters. Then you’ll create your own characters to feature in the comic stories you write. Supplies included.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Learn to draw all kinds of characters, from funny animals to humans. You’ll practice design, proportion, expression and body language, and learn how to draw your favourite characters. Then you’ll create your own characters to feature in the comic stories you write. Supplies included.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Dive into the world of comic book making. You’ll create your own cast of characters and bring them to life by throwing them into poses with other characters, objects and environments. You’ll then write and draw your own multi-page story and learn how to lay-out, copy, fold and staple copies of your own comics! Supplies included.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

Stop-motion animation with clay and toys, and hand-drawn animation like anime and Saturday-morning cartoons―in this class, you will try it all while creating your own dynamic and entertaining animated short films. A camera with removable memory card is recommended for this class. Supplies included.

Teacher

Kenten Bowick

Kenten Bowick

Cartooning & Animation

Kenten is a comics creator, illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to publishing his own comics and comic strips and doing freelance storyboarding and character design for the television industry, he teaches weekly comics and cartooning classes. In his free time, Kenten is completing a graphic novel.

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Program Overview

This workshop will reveal the secrets of creating drawings with strong light and dark contrasts. Following  the technique of chiaroscuro, first developed by Renaissance masters such as Da Vinci and Caravaggio, you will learn how to create bold charcoal drawings using dramatic shading. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included.

Teacher

Rebecca Blair

Rebecca Blair

Celtic Harp, Adult Visual Arts

Music Bio

Rebecca’s career as a musician and teacher has been both rich and varied. Her musical studies began in the classical realm with the clarinet, culminating in 1996 when she graduated with a master’s degree in performance and musicology from the University of Victoria.

Since then, she has focused her interest on Celtic music and improvisation on the harp, attending many Celtic harp workshops all over North America and Ireland, where she studied with such notables as Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace.

Rebecca’s approach to playing and teaching the harp draws on her classical background and combines it with her passion for Celtic music. Her teaching philosophy focuses on balancing disciplined technique with improvisation and creativity.

Rebecca regularly gives harp workshops at Place des Arts, which attract students from all over the province. She is active in the Vancouver folk music scene, performing around the Lower Mainland as both a soloist and with groups such as the Maenads and Triskelion.

Rebecca works as a freelance musician, playing at many special events; her audiences have included the President of Ireland and the International Bar Association. She has also applied her skills as a studio musician and has been featured on CD’s such as the Maenads and Orra Chan by Teresa Doyle. Rebecca keeps a busy schedule of teaching and performing, as well as studying Irish dance. Visit her website at www.dancingharp.com.

Visual Arts Bio

Rebecca Blair has been an active member of the arts community in Vancouver, which includes a decade of teaching at Place des Arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Lethbridge and a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria. For nine years Rebecca taught drawing courses at Whatcom Community College in Washington State.

Rebecca’s art experiences have also taken her to Italy where she taught for a semester in Florence and attended a fresco restoration workshop in Altamura, Puglia. She has participated in several local art events such as the East Vancouver Cultural Crawl and art shows at Place des Arts. She attends the life drawing sessions at Vancouver’s Basic Inquiry studio.

Rebecca’s body of work focuses on watercolour landscapes and portraits in various media which is inspired by her travels both local and abroad. She is presently writing a book on the 17th-century Dutch artist, Jan Vermeer.

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Hey kids! Make your own clay Christmas decorations and gifts for the special people in your lives in this fun and magical class. Supplies included.

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Program Overview

Hey kids! Make your own clay Christmas decorations and gifts for the special people in your lives in this fun and magical class. Supplies included.

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Program Overview

Learn the basic techniques of handbuilding pottery while having fun! You’ll engage in independent exploration to create imaginative decorative pieces, which may include animal sculpture or fashioning and decorating functional items. Projects will be fired then painted or glazed. Supplies included.

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Program Overview

Learn the basic techniques of handbuilding pottery while having fun! You’ll engage in independent exploration to create imaginative decorative pieces, which may include animal sculpture or fashioning and decorating functional items. Projects will be fired then painted or glazed. Supplies included.

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Program Overview

Learn the basic techniques of handbuilding pottery while having fun! You’ll engage in independent exploration to create imaginative decorative pieces, which may include animal sculpture or fashioning and decorating functional items. Projects will be fired then painted or glazed. Supplies included.

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Explore digital media through  animation, digital drawing, game making and 3D modelling. Using a variety of  techniques and approaches, this class encourages creative thinking and problem  solving as we delve into the different aspects and components of digital media.  Bring your own fully-charged laptop to every class.

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Learn the creative process of making comics, from idea generation to script writing and from drawing to lettering. You’ll start by writing your own scripts and then learn how to translate your piece into visual comic form. Comics of different genres will be  covered.

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Janice Liu

Janice Liu

Creative Writing & Illustration

Janice Liu is a children’s comic creator, illustrator, and educator. She is the artist of the bilingual comic Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, and her comic shorts have appeared in Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women, New Moon Girls, and Augur magazine. Her work is often about exploring diasporic identity and the inner world through fantasy.

Janice was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Burnaby where she teaches at Young Artists’ Place. She has been teaching art for children and teens since 2013 and has delivered various art and comic workshops at schools and libraries, including Burnaby Public Library and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto.

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Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Olga Pirogova

Olga Pirogova

Visual Arts for Children

Olga received her BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Moscow. She has worked in a wide variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pen & ink, ceramic and puppet making. Throughout the years, her artwork has been presented at individual and group shows in both Russia and Canada. She has enjoyed her work as an art teacher for almost 20 years.

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Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Olga Pirogova

Olga Pirogova

Visual Arts for Children

Olga received her BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Moscow. She has worked in a wide variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pen & ink, ceramic and puppet making. Throughout the years, her artwork has been presented at individual and group shows in both Russia and Canada. She has enjoyed her work as an art teacher for almost 20 years.

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Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Program Overview

Express your creative ideas! Through a balance of formal training and creative exploration, you will explore shapes, shading, light, colour and perspective. Draw and paint in a variety of art mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, ink, pencils and crayons, and explore mixed-media techniques as well. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Explore your creativity through mixed-media techniques and drawing and painting in a variety of mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, tempera, ink, pencils and crayons. Make new friends and learn basic drawing skills, including shapes, shading, light and colour in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Supplies included. Parents/Care Givers are required to remain in the building during class and pick their children up from the classroom door.

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Olga Pirogova

Olga Pirogova

Visual Arts for Children

Olga received her BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Moscow. She has worked in a wide variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pen & ink, ceramic and puppet making. Throughout the years, her artwork has been presented at individual and group shows in both Russia and Canada. She has enjoyed her work as an art teacher for almost 20 years.

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Program Overview

Explore your creativity through mixed-media techniques and drawing and painting in a variety of mediums, including oil and soft pastels, watercolours, tempera, ink, pencils and crayons. Make new friends and learn basic drawing skills, including shapes, shading, light and colour in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Supplies included. Parents/Care Givers are required to remain in the building during class and pick their children up from the classroom door.

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Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Get acquainted with the most  popular drawing mediums such as graphite pencil, coloured pencils, watercolour pencil crayons, charcoal, chalk pastels and pen & ink. Practice your drawing skills and learn the technical aspects of various forms of drawing in a  series of dynamic art projects. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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If you have already taken Drawing 101 or are drawing at an intermediate level, this class is for you.  Expand your understanding and expertise of essential elements of visual composition and drawing in challenging classic and contemporary types of drawing projects. Working with a variety of subjects, practice your drawing skills in a series of stimulating black and white and colour drawing projects using line, tonal value, texture, gradation and volume building. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Continuing from Drawing 102, develop and expand your drawing and observation skills in series of challenging projects using a variety of mediums such as charcoal, ink, graphite and pencil crayons. Students will explore proportion, resemblance, texture, shape and visual expression in observational and imaginary, program-inspired or self-directed type of projects. Model fee and supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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Find out how different shapes impact the composition in painting. Explore black and white structures and balance in painting by making simple compositions on paper with cut or torn paper, pen and/or watercolour. Suitable for all levels; supplies Included.

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Jane Appleby

Jane Appleby

Visual Arts for Adults

Jane Appleby is an expressive painter inspired by the Canadian landscape, often painting outdoors in the plein air tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven. Her abstract and impressionistic work has been described as Emily Carr meets Gauguin, both spiritual in nature and colourfully unique.

Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her family and recalls the freedom she felt at experiencing the beautiful natural settings of the west coast.

She was previously an x-ray technician and fitness instructor and decided to follow her dream of painting professionally after studying art and learning from many prominent artists. The late Robert Genn, at one of his workshops, dubbed Jane a full member of “The 37 club” – fast and purposeful painting in 37 minutes and 37 strokes. She now teaches this method.

Along with taking numerous workshops, Jane obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Fine Arts Techniques Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Jane has received several awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists, written articles for the Art Venues Magazine, and taken FCA members on Plein-Air Paint-Outs. She serves on the Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Committee and instructs workshops at Place des Arts. On occasion she can be found teaching watercolours at sea on the Cunard Cruise Lines.

She has been painting for over 25 years and currently works in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Her work is available at Silk Gallery in Port Moody and Gallery 88 in Vancouver. She shares her inspirations and painting methods on her YouTube Channel: Jane_Appleby_Art and website janeappleby.com.

Through her work she hopes to inspire the artist in all of us.

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Suitable for all levels, in this class you’ll explore landscape painting through an artist’s eye. You will be guided through various drawing and sketching applications using pencils, pens and pastels to capture the essence of a landscape. All supplies included; feel free to bring your own. Weather permitting, a portion of this workshop may  include going outdoors within walking distance of Place des Arts.

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Jane Appleby

Jane Appleby

Visual Arts for Adults

Jane Appleby is an expressive painter inspired by the Canadian landscape, often painting outdoors in the plein air tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven. Her abstract and impressionistic work has been described as Emily Carr meets Gauguin, both spiritual in nature and colourfully unique.

Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her family and recalls the freedom she felt at experiencing the beautiful natural settings of the west coast.

She was previously an x-ray technician and fitness instructor and decided to follow her dream of painting professionally after studying art and learning from many prominent artists. The late Robert Genn, at one of his workshops, dubbed Jane a full member of “The 37 club” – fast and purposeful painting in 37 minutes and 37 strokes. She now teaches this method.

Along with taking numerous workshops, Jane obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Fine Arts Techniques Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Jane has received several awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists, written articles for the Art Venues Magazine, and taken FCA members on Plein-Air Paint-Outs. She serves on the Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Committee and instructs workshops at Place des Arts. On occasion she can be found teaching watercolours at sea on the Cunard Cruise Lines.

She has been painting for over 25 years and currently works in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Her work is available at Silk Gallery in Port Moody and Gallery 88 in Vancouver. She shares her inspirations and painting methods on her YouTube Channel: Jane_Appleby_Art and website janeappleby.com.

Through her work she hopes to inspire the artist in all of us.

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Explore the art of wet felting with your child and acquire the necessary skills to create finished pieces such as beads, vessels and flat felted pieces. Once you learn the basics of this ancient craft, the possibilities are endless-create embellishments, small wearable pieces and gifts. Supplies included; fee includes parent and child.

First child of parent: $32
Additional child of same parent: $24

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Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine

Fibre Arts for Children & Youth

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s Fibre Fun classes for children are among Place des Arts’ most popular programs, and she is also a regular art camp teacher, where she offers a variety of fibre arts classes to children and youth.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.

Catherine has led community engagement workshops for Place des Arts, both at the centre and as a Place des Arts representative at external community events. In 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate our 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as an artist in residence, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during our annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

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23136

WED • May 13 & May 20 • 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$32 & $24

Program Overview

Join us to create beautiful felted Christmas ornaments such as Christmas balls or a garland of felted stars. Explore a variety of wet felting techniques and acquire the skills necessary to create finished pieces. Felting is quick, fun and a great way to make gifts. Supplies included.

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Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine

Fibre Arts for Children & Youth

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s Fibre Fun classes for children are among Place des Arts’ most popular programs, and she is also a regular art camp teacher, where she offers a variety of fibre arts classes to children and youth.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.

Catherine has led community engagement workshops for Place des Arts, both at the centre and as a Place des Arts representative at external community events. In 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate our 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as an artist in residence, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during our annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

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Discover the possibilities of felting and learn how to transform wool into many beautiful pieces of fibre art. You will learn about the science and history of felting, then use your imagination to create colourful felted beads, acorns and vessels. Supplies included.

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Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine

Fibre Arts for Children & Youth

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s Fibre Fun classes for children are among Place des Arts’ most popular programs, and she is also a regular art camp teacher, where she offers a variety of fibre arts classes to children and youth.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.

Catherine has led community engagement workshops for Place des Arts, both at the centre and as a Place des Arts representative at external community events. In 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate our 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as an artist in residence, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during our annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

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Discover a new world of crafts by exploring the ancient art of weaving. Learn spinning, weaving on table and inkle looms, tapestry weaving, felting and more. Create your own one-of-a-kind treasures and gain hands-on experience while developing fine motor skills, colour sense and an understanding of how textiles are created. Supplies included.

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Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine

Fibre Arts for Children & Youth

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s Fibre Fun classes for children are among Place des Arts’ most popular programs, and she is also a regular art camp teacher, where she offers a variety of fibre arts classes to children and youth.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.

Catherine has led community engagement workshops for Place des Arts, both at the centre and as a Place des Arts representative at external community events. In 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate our 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as an artist in residence, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during our annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

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Come and expand your visual literacy. From learning how to read abstract art and appreciate art that doesn’t have any narrative or personal resonance, to creating your own projects in drawing, painting and collage, you will learn fundamental elements and principals of art to guide you through future projects. Supplies included.

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Lena Savic

Lena Savic

Visual Arts Teacher

Lena Savic studied Art History at Belgrade University, and Fine Arts at Langara College and ECUAD. She  had worn many hats in art; from art critic, juror, curator, art dealer, gallery manager, to art instructor and practising artist in her East Side studio. She took part in artist’s residencies in Italy, Cuba and Vancouver’s schools.

For over 15 years Lena was involved as a volunteer, community art project-leader and an instructor in various art programs and events for children and adults across Metro Vancouver. Her interests are diverse, yet throughout all her work in photography, mixed media, installation, painting, drawing and earlier ceramics, she has been drawn to the texture.

As an instructor, Lena emphasizes formalism as a foundation of visual literacy and believes that, besides creativity, art stimulates focus, cognition, self-confidence, perseverance, resourcefulness….

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This class is suited to absolute beginners and those looking to explore the fundamentals of ceramics. You’ll gain an understanding of working in clay to build skills and confidence on the wheel. We will cover preparing clay, basic handbuilding, an introduction to the potter’s wheel, finishing and glazing. Firing and open studio time included; schedule posted each session.

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David Lloyd

David Lloyd

Ceramic Arts for Adults

David Lloyd taught at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for 24 years before retiring to raise a child. He acquired a wide range of forming, firing and decorating techniques with the belief that you have to be ready to try everything in the diverse field of ceramics. Making things is fun, and making things really well is highly satisfying. With good teachers, we can all learn to make things better than we thought we could. Enjoy Making.

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This class is suited to absolute beginners and those looking to explore the fundamentals of ceramics. You’ll gain an understanding of working in clay to build skills and confidence on the wheel. We will cover preparing clay, basic handbuilding, an introduction to the potter’s wheel, finishing and glazing. Firing and open studio time included; schedule posted each session.

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Fredi Rahn

Fredi Rahn

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Friederike (Fredi) Rahn was born in 1966 in Harlow, England. She studied ceramics at Sheridan College (Ont) and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1990, she has maintained an active studio practice in Vancouver.

Fredi has participated in artists’ residencies at Watershed, Maine, the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, and was a participant in the Mexico / Canada ceramics exchange in Puebla, Mexico and the Banff Centre.

She teaches at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Fredi makes utilitarian tableware with strong decorative elements. Her work is exhibited across Canada and the United States.

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In this introductory illustration class that mixes cartooning and painting, turn your imagination and the world around you into bright 2D art! Using a variety of materials such as watercolours, markers and pencil crayons, you will learn fundamental skills and explore the different styles of drawing and painting through an illustrative lens.

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Jocelyn Sanchez

Jocelyn Sanchez

Visual Arts for Children & Teens

Jocelyn Sanchez is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist focused on visual development and storytelling through digital media and illustration.

A recent MA Animation graduate from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom, she is currently working on a children’s book and short animation series.

She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of visual and media arts with the students of Place des Arts.

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Have you always wanted to draw people’s portraits? Learn the basics in just one class! You’ll be shown how to draw proportions of a generic face and then apply these techniques to draw specific people. You?ll also have the chance to bring your drawing to life with shading. Supplies included.

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Rebecca Blair

Rebecca Blair

Celtic Harp, Adult Visual Arts

Music Bio

Rebecca’s career as a musician and teacher has been both rich and varied. Her musical studies began in the classical realm with the clarinet, culminating in 1996 when she graduated with a master’s degree in performance and musicology from the University of Victoria.

Since then, she has focused her interest on Celtic music and improvisation on the harp, attending many Celtic harp workshops all over North America and Ireland, where she studied with such notables as Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace.

Rebecca’s approach to playing and teaching the harp draws on her classical background and combines it with her passion for Celtic music. Her teaching philosophy focuses on balancing disciplined technique with improvisation and creativity.

Rebecca regularly gives harp workshops at Place des Arts, which attract students from all over the province. She is active in the Vancouver folk music scene, performing around the Lower Mainland as both a soloist and with groups such as the Maenads and Triskelion.

Rebecca works as a freelance musician, playing at many special events; her audiences have included the President of Ireland and the International Bar Association. She has also applied her skills as a studio musician and has been featured on CD’s such as the Maenads and Orra Chan by Teresa Doyle. Rebecca keeps a busy schedule of teaching and performing, as well as studying Irish dance. Visit her website at www.dancingharp.com.

Visual Arts Bio

Rebecca Blair has been an active member of the arts community in Vancouver, which includes a decade of teaching at Place des Arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Lethbridge and a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria. For nine years Rebecca taught drawing courses at Whatcom Community College in Washington State.

Rebecca’s art experiences have also taken her to Italy where she taught for a semester in Florence and attended a fresco restoration workshop in Altamura, Puglia. She has participated in several local art events such as the East Vancouver Cultural Crawl and art shows at Place des Arts. She attends the life drawing sessions at Vancouver’s Basic Inquiry studio.

Rebecca’s body of work focuses on watercolour landscapes and portraits in various media which is inspired by her travels both local and abroad. She is presently writing a book on the 17th-century Dutch artist, Jan Vermeer.

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In this beginner workshop, get a taste of what pottery is all about. We will learn the foundational steps of creating pots on a wheel: how to wedge clay, center and pull and shape a basic clay cylinder. The skills you develop here will lay the groundwork for future pottery classes. Clay provided; no pots will be fired or finished.

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Clive Tucker

Clive Tucker

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Almost 20 years ago in a dim corner of industrial Yorkshire, Clive Tucker strayed from his appointed path. After years of study completing two science degrees, Tucker found himself slaving in one of England’s “dark satanic mills.” Disillusioned, he cast his job aside and fled to the exotic east.

In 1993, he landed in Durness, Scotland to apprentice with Lotte Glob at The Far North Pottery. There, he learned the art of throwing and dreamed of becoming an artist. Immigrating to Ontario in 1994, it was not long before he became a self-sufficient potter.

In 1998, restlessness struck once more, and he moved to Vancouver to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Upon graduating he was invited to be artist in residence at the Port Moody Art Centre. Late in 2008, Clive and fellow potter Jacqueline Sheridan opened their own studio, Straight Up Studios in Port Moody.

Clive believes in a playful, yet poignant approach to art. He is very focused on keeping elements of play and whimsy in his work with a light sprinkling of irony. For more information about Clive and his work, visit his website here.

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Explore different felting methods, acquire the skills necessary to create finished pieces and get inspired to explore further. These techniques are easy to master and have many applications as you create beautiful one-of-a-kind art objects. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included.

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Catherine Dumaine

Catherine Dumaine

Fibre Arts for Children & Youth

Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s Fibre Fun classes for children are among Place des Arts’ most popular programs, and she is also a regular art camp teacher, where she offers a variety of fibre arts classes to children and youth.

Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.

Catherine has led community engagement workshops for Place des Arts, both at the centre and as a Place des Arts representative at external community events. In 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate our 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as an artist in residence, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during our annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.

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In freestyle weaving, there are no mistakes! This class is for beginners or anyone who would like to challenge their creativity. Starting with a basic project, learn to set up the loom and explore different weaving techniques. You will also complete a second project of your choice. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included. Looms are provided for at-home practice; equipment loans require a deposit. Studio time is available to registered students; schedule posted each session.

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Dawn Livera

Dawn Livera

Fibre & Visual Arts for Adults & Children

Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textiles and mixed media, with a focus on “freestyle weaving,” a style of weaving in which “there are no mistakes.”

Dawn studied weaving with a master weaver for many years and completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a BSc from UBC.

Community engagement is an important part of Dawn’s practice. She believes that making art should not be the private domain of the talented or learned few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is good enough.

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In this introductory class, learn how to warp and weave on a table loom and discover the wonderful world of four-shaft weaving. You’ll be amazed at the many ways colour and texture can come into play. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included. Table looms are provided for at-home practice; equipment loans require a deposit. Bring your own table loom if you have one. Studio time is available to registered students; schedule posted each session.

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Rosie Kerschbaumer

Rosie Kerschbaumer

Fibre Arts for Adults

Rosie Kerschbaumer has a BA from the University of Alberta and a Fashion Arts and Technology Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic. She also worked in the garment industry for several years. She is a member of the Coquitlam and the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guilds. Rosie is captivated by the way weaving blends different fibres, techniques and structures to create endless unique results.

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In this introduction to digital media for kids, learn how to create art through different mediums within the digital world. From pixel art to animation and game making, this class is catered to curious minds who want to create using computers. Bring your own fully-charged laptop to every class.

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Learn basic basketry techniques and weave tiny baskets from cane, wicker, wire and other materials. Experiment on a small scale to create borders, handles and patterns. These miniature baskets can be hung as ornaments or given as gifts. Supplies included.

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Kristen Conboy

Kristen Conboy

Basketry for Adults

It is the tactile nature of basketry that inspires Kristen to continue learning and teaching basketry – and the practical side of her loves to create functional art that can be used and admired. Basket weaving is about creating something with your hands; there is a sense of satisfaction gained from looking at the finished product and saying, “I made that.”

Kristen has over 20 years of experience working with fibre, whether it be knitting, weaving or basketry. Kristen’s professional career is outside of the studio; to the classroom she brings with her years of experience teaching adults, a passion for learning and a love of creating.

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In this absolute beginner class, discover the wonderful medium of oil paint with its rich colours and slow drying properties. Learn to paint thick or thin, create hard and soft edges and make changes with ease. Supplies not included; a supply list is available at the registration desk.

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Cath Hughes

Cath Hughes

Visual Arts

Cath Hughes is a British-Canadian contemporary painter presently living and working in North Vancouver. She holds a BFA in Painting from Oxford University, UK, an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education from London University and is currently a student on the post-graduate painting correspondence course facilitated by Turps Art School in London, UK.

Her art practice is rooted in a collage methodology and draws subject matter from still life, figure and landscape. Cath has worked in art education for twenty years and currently teaches a range of audiences in the community across the Lower Mainland. www.cathhughes.com.

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Gain inspiration from the outdoor experience and spontaneously capture landscape using acrylic and/or watercolour paints. Individual expression is encouraged. If weather permits, the workshop will be held at Mackin Park, but studio space is available if the weather is poor. A confirmation email will be sent out by Friday Jun 7.  This class is suitable for all levels. Supply list available at the reception desk.

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Jane Appleby

Jane Appleby

Visual Arts for Adults

Jane Appleby is an expressive painter inspired by the Canadian landscape, often painting outdoors in the plein air tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven. Her abstract and impressionistic work has been described as Emily Carr meets Gauguin, both spiritual in nature and colourfully unique.

Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her family and recalls the freedom she felt at experiencing the beautiful natural settings of the west coast.

She was previously an x-ray technician and fitness instructor and decided to follow her dream of painting professionally after studying art and learning from many prominent artists. The late Robert Genn, at one of his workshops, dubbed Jane a full member of “The 37 club” – fast and purposeful painting in 37 minutes and 37 strokes. She now teaches this method.

Along with taking numerous workshops, Jane obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Fine Arts Techniques Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Jane has received several awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists, written articles for the Art Venues Magazine, and taken FCA members on Plein-Air Paint-Outs. She serves on the Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery Committee and instructs workshops at Place des Arts. On occasion she can be found teaching watercolours at sea on the Cunard Cruise Lines.

She has been painting for over 25 years and currently works in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Her work is available at Silk Gallery in Port Moody and Gallery 88 in Vancouver. She shares her inspirations and painting methods on her YouTube Channel: Jane_Appleby_Art and website janeappleby.com.

Through her work she hopes to inspire the artist in all of us.

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to paint, or if you’re looking to refresh your knowledge of painting, this class is for you. Learn about the elements of visual composition and some of the technical aspects of painting in an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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If you have already taken Painting 101 or are painting at an intermediate level, this class is for you. Master your knowledge of colour and brush strokes in a series of challenging projects. Learn new creative layout, image alteration skills and painting techniques in an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. Some painting experience necessary. Supplies included.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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If you have already taken Painting 102 or are painting at an intermediate level, then hone your skills with this advanced class. Learn layering, glazing, watercolour reduction, new textures, washes and more. You’ll work in a variety of mediums, but the focus will be on acrylics. Painting experience necessary. Supply list available at the registration desk.

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Stan Hunc

Stan Hunc

Visual Arts for Adult, Children & Youth

Stan is an art practitioner with ten years of formal art training (MFA and MEd) and lifelong practice. His art adventure and passion has never worn out since the time he made a fantastic scribble of “Guernica” at the age of two. Stan started his teaching career over 30 years ago at The Public School of Fine Arts in Opole (Poland) and currently continues as an art instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and here at Place des Arts.

Throughout the years, Stan’s work has been presented at individual and group art shows in Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, South Korea, China and Canada.

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You and your young artist will explore working with clay in this fun and exciting art class. Focus will be on exploration and becoming comfortable and confident while creating all sorts of vibrant and unique art projects. Supplies included; fee includes parent and child.

First child of parent: $42.50
Additional child of same parent: $30.50

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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23172

SUN • Nov 10 - Nov 24 • 2:30PM - 3:30PM

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$42.50 & $30.50; FULL

23174

SUN • May 10 - May 24 • 2:30PM - 3:30PM

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$42.50 & $30.50

Program Overview

You and your young artist will explore working with clay in this fun and exciting art class. Focus will be on exploration and becoming comfortable and confident while creating all sorts of vibrant and unique art projects. Supplies included; fee includes parent and child.

First child of parent: $42.50
Additional child of same parent: $30.50

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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23171

SUN • Nov 10 - Nov 24 • 1:15PM - 2:15PM

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$42.50 & $30.50; FULL

23173

SUN • May 10 - May 24 • 1:15PM - 2:15PM

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$42.50 & $30.50

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You and your young artist will explore a wide variety of different art materials and mediums in this fun and exciting art class. Using paints and pastels, the focus will be on exploration and becoming comfortable and confident while creating all sorts of vibrant and unique art projects. Supplies included; fee includes parent and child.

First child of parent: $42.50
Additional child of same parent: $30.50

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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23175

SUN • Feb 23 - Mar 8 • 1:15PM - 2:15PM

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$42.50 & $30.50

Program Overview

You and your young artist will explore a wide variety of different art materials and mediums in this fun and exciting art class. Using paints and pastels, the focus will be on exploration and becoming comfortable and confident while creating all sorts of vibrant and unique art projects. Supplies included; fee includes parent and child.

First child of parent: $42.50
Additional child of same parent: $30.50

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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23176

SUN • Feb 23 - Mar 8 • 2:30PM - 3:30PM

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$42.50 & $30.50

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Learn the basics of pottery-making using a combination of wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques. You will produce a series of usable, food-safe dishes ready for your kitchen table. For safety reasons, please wear closed-toed footwear to class. Supplies included

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Vin Arora

Vin Arora

Ceramics Technician, Ceramic Arts for Adults & Youth

Vin is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ceramic arts). He currently manages his own studio and teaches both youth and adult pottery and ceramics. Vin has gained valuable teaching experience working with the Learning Through the Arts program. Whether through painting, sculpture or pottery, he enjoys sharing his passion with students of all ages.

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Noelle Horrocks

Noelle Horrocks

Children's Ceramic Arts

Noelle is a ceramic artist and instructor who is passionate about sharing her love of clay with students of all ages. She has a BFA in Ceramics from Emily Carr and 18 years of teaching experience throughout the Lower Mainland at organizations such as Arts Umbrella, The Anvil Centre and The Surrey Art Gallery. Her studio practice focusses on whimsy, storytelling and colour as it relates to sculptural forms.

She believes that clay is a unique and magical material that allows unlimited possibilities in creative expression and finds great joy in supporting her students in finding their own unique art voice and vision.

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Sessional classes don’t fit your schedule? We offer private lessons to meet your needs. For information about teacher availability and rates or to book lessons, call us at 604.664.1636 or visit us in person at Place des Arts.

Registration fees & supply fees not included.

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$40/hour (+ tax)

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Sessional classes don’t fit your schedule? We offer private lessons to meet your needs. For information about teacher availability and rates or to book lessons, call us at 604.664.1636 or visit us in person at Place des Arts.

$40 + tax per hour. Registration fees, firing fees & supply fees not included. Two-hour lesson minimum. Studio orientation included.

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$40/hour (+tax)

Program Overview

Sessional classes don’t fit your schedule? We offer private lessons to meet your needs. For information about teacher availability and rates or to book lessons, call us at 604.664.1636 or visit us in person at Place des Arts.

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$40/hour (+ tax)

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Let your imagination guide you as you create a one-of-a-kind garden basket from cane. Learn basic basketry techniques to create a free-form random weave basket without a pattern. Supplies included.

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Kristen Conboy

Kristen Conboy

Basketry for Adults

It is the tactile nature of basketry that inspires Kristen to continue learning and teaching basketry – and the practical side of her loves to create functional art that can be used and admired. Basket weaving is about creating something with your hands; there is a sense of satisfaction gained from looking at the finished product and saying, “I made that.”

Kristen has over 20 years of experience working with fibre, whether it be knitting, weaving or basketry. Kristen’s professional career is outside of the studio; to the classroom she brings with her years of experience teaching adults, a passion for learning and a love of creating.

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Suitable for students who have taken at least one introductory ceramics class, this class covers a range of surface decoration techniques for ceramics. Techniques such as slip application, applied and carved texture and glazing will be covered. Some tool making will help you develop a personal vocabulary of mark making. Firing fee included.

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Fredi Rahn

Fredi Rahn

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Friederike (Fredi) Rahn was born in 1966 in Harlow, England. She studied ceramics at Sheridan College (Ont) and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1990, she has maintained an active studio practice in Vancouver.

Fredi has participated in artists’ residencies at Watershed, Maine, the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, and was a participant in the Mexico / Canada ceramics exchange in Puebla, Mexico and the Banff Centre.

She teaches at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Fredi makes utilitarian tableware with strong decorative elements. Her work is exhibited across Canada and the United States.

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Discover the secrets to successful drawing through a series of playful and non-intimidating exercises. You will draw with pencil, chalk and ink on a variety of papers and surfaces while learning new approaches to help develop your drawing skills. Topics will include mark making, line, shape, value, texture, colour and composition.

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Dawn Livera

Dawn Livera

Fibre & Visual Arts for Adults & Children

Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textiles and mixed media, with a focus on “freestyle weaving,” a style of weaving in which “there are no mistakes.”

Dawn studied weaving with a master weaver for many years and completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a BSc from UBC.

Community engagement is an important part of Dawn’s practice. She believes that making art should not be the private domain of the talented or learned few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is good enough.

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Explore various art techniques in this playful introduction to art for nervous beginners, or anyone who would like to shake things up and try something different. With a step-by-step approach, experiment with drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and more to create unique works of art. Supplies included.

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Dawn Livera

Dawn Livera

Fibre & Visual Arts for Adults & Children

Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textiles and mixed media, with a focus on “freestyle weaving,” a style of weaving in which “there are no mistakes.”

Dawn studied weaving with a master weaver for many years and completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a BSc from UBC.

Community engagement is an important part of Dawn’s practice. She believes that making art should not be the private domain of the talented or learned few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is good enough.

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Learn to let go of your fear and self-judgement while creating a series of intuitive watercolour paintings. Perfect for the absolute beginner, each week will feature a different technique and style so you can build on your skills.

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Dawn Livera

Dawn Livera

Fibre & Visual Arts for Adults & Children

Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textiles and mixed media, with a focus on “freestyle weaving,” a style of weaving in which “there are no mistakes.”

Dawn studied weaving with a master weaver for many years and completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a BSc from UBC.

Community engagement is an important part of Dawn’s practice. She believes that making art should not be the private domain of the talented or learned few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is good enough.

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Weaving on a four-shaft loom allows for endless possible combinations of yarn, texture and structure. Learn how to set up a loom and weave a basic project, then further develop skills using table or floor looms. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included. Table looms are provided for at-home practice; equipment loans require a deposit. Studio time is available to registered students; schedule posted each session.

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Rosie Kerschbaumer

Rosie Kerschbaumer

Fibre Arts for Adults

Rosie Kerschbaumer has a BA from the University of Alberta and a Fashion Arts and Technology Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic. She also worked in the garment industry for several years. She is a member of the Coquitlam and the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guilds. Rosie is captivated by the way weaving blends different fibres, techniques and structures to create endless unique results.

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This class is suited to experienced students who are comfortable working independently on the wheel and can throw a balanced cylinder. Students are assisted to progress at their own pace. Opportunities for special projects may be accommodated. We will cover making, finishing, decorating and glazing. Firing and open studio time included; schedule posted each session.

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Clive Tucker

Clive Tucker

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Almost 20 years ago in a dim corner of industrial Yorkshire, Clive Tucker strayed from his appointed path. After years of study completing two science degrees, Tucker found himself slaving in one of England’s “dark satanic mills.” Disillusioned, he cast his job aside and fled to the exotic east.

In 1993, he landed in Durness, Scotland to apprentice with Lotte Glob at The Far North Pottery. There, he learned the art of throwing and dreamed of becoming an artist. Immigrating to Ontario in 1994, it was not long before he became a self-sufficient potter.

In 1998, restlessness struck once more, and he moved to Vancouver to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Upon graduating he was invited to be artist in residence at the Port Moody Art Centre. Late in 2008, Clive and fellow potter Jacqueline Sheridan opened their own studio, Straight Up Studios in Port Moody.

Clive believes in a playful, yet poignant approach to art. He is very focused on keeping elements of play and whimsy in his work with a light sprinkling of irony. For more information about Clive and his work, visit his website here.

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This class is suited to experienced students who are comfortable working independently on the wheel and can throw a balanced cylinder. Students are assisted to progress at their own pace. Opportunities for special projects may be accommodated. We will cover making, finishing, decorating and glazing. Firing and open studio time included; schedule posted each session.

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David Lloyd

David Lloyd

Ceramic Arts for Adults

David Lloyd taught at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for 24 years before retiring to raise a child. He acquired a wide range of forming, firing and decorating techniques with the belief that you have to be ready to try everything in the diverse field of ceramics. Making things is fun, and making things really well is highly satisfying. With good teachers, we can all learn to make things better than we thought we could. Enjoy Making.

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Program Overview

This class is suited to experienced students who are comfortable working independently on the wheel and can throw a balanced cylinder. Students are assisted to progress at their own pace. Opportunities for special projects may be accommodated. We will cover making, finishing, decorating and glazing. Firing and open studio time included; schedule posted each session.

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Dan Severance

Dan Severance

Ceramic Arts for Adults

Dan Severance first did wheel throwing in high school in Burnaby and was lucky to have potters as teachers who encouraged him to take classes at the Shadbolt center in Burnaby. But like most youth, it was adventure time and clay work was put aside.

27 years later in 2004, Dan decided to try wheel throwing again. He took a beginners course with Gillian McMillan at the Port Moody Arts Center, followed by more courses taught by Clive Tucker.

Dan Severance’s work has now shifted to handbuilding functional wares decorated with brightly colored under glazes. Dan is a member of the BC Potters Guild and the Tri-City Potters’ Group. His work can be seen at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island and Kizmit gift gallery in Fort Langley.

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This class is designed for the intermediate-to-advanced potter looking to further develop their current practice. Classes will focus on demonstrations and discussions on specialized techniques and advanced technical processes. Opportunities for self-directed special projects may be accommodated. Firing and open studio time included; schedule posted each session.

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Vin Arora

Vin Arora

Ceramics Technician, Ceramic Arts for Adults & Youth

Vin is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ceramic arts). He currently manages his own studio and teaches both youth and adult pottery and ceramics. Vin has gained valuable teaching experience working with the Learning Through the Arts program. Whether through painting, sculpture or pottery, he enjoys sharing his passion with students of all ages.

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Create a unique flat-bottom basket that is perfect for storing papers, magazines, napkins or craft supplies. Learn to make a plain weave basket with flat cane in natural colours or with vivid dyed cane. Then, learn how to turn up the edges of your basket and complete it with a sandwich-style finished edge. Supplies included.

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Kristen Conboy

Kristen Conboy

Basketry for Adults

It is the tactile nature of basketry that inspires Kristen to continue learning and teaching basketry – and the practical side of her loves to create functional art that can be used and admired. Basket weaving is about creating something with your hands; there is a sense of satisfaction gained from looking at the finished product and saying, “I made that.”

Kristen has over 20 years of experience working with fibre, whether it be knitting, weaving or basketry. Kristen’s professional career is outside of the studio; to the classroom she brings with her years of experience teaching adults, a passion for learning and a love of creating.

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