Blue Heron Books is a wonderful book store. Hardwood floors, comfy chairs and the best book selection you could ask for. Shelley and her wonderful staff know every book in the place, and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for–even if you don’t know what it is yet. Blue Heron is one of my favourite places to visit. —
Andre Durain said, “a painting made outdoors is a sacred event.” But there are obvious difficulties for some people in painting “en plein aire.” Using photographic references can help but they are only a tool; a first step in the creative process, not something to be simply copied. Join Don Cavin, as he leads a Master Class on how to impose one’s own knowledge, experience, intuition and “gut-feelings” on a photograph in order to render it useful in creating art. Visit Don’s website to see why this truly is a ‘master class.’
www.cavinart.com. This is Don’s last class for 2015.
Saturday March 28th & Sunday March 29th, 10am to 4pm $195
Soul Collage is an easy, fun tool for exploration and expression of the Self. Under the instruction of Sue Reynolds, each participant creates their own deck of collaged cards; images that honour the journey of the individual and promote personal growth and self-acceptance.
Participants are invited to step deeper into each card through journaling, visualization and other activities.
Friday, March 27th, 10am to 4:00pm $95 (all materials will be supplied)
Students will explore how to create dynamic semi-abstract interpretations of the rural landscape exhibiting bold shapes and values defined by subtle colour shifts and various sized mosaic like brush strokes. The mosaic approach will focus the students attention on creating their paintings in a simple and direct manner. Unity and colour dominance will be achieved via a limited colour palette.
Saturday, March 14th, 10am to 4pm $95
This course is designed to help landscape painter’s move towards a less traditional way of depicting the landscape. The students will focus on understanding and defining their position along the spectrum of abstraction. They will define abstraction from within themselves and make it a personal journey. Approaches and tools of abstraction such as elimination, simplification, exaggeration, colour reversal, texturing and others will be discussed. Traditional landscape elements such as water, trees, colours, land formations, man made features, angles and others will be investigated to discover and emphasize their potential for abstraction. Painting demonstrations combined with one on one mentoring sessions will be followed by a group discussion addressing common successes and struggles.
Sunday, February 22nd, 10am to 4pm $95
Beat the winter blahs with an energizing one-day workshop on how to earn money doing what you love. If you are a competent word-juggler but lack the left-brain skills to figure out how to derive revenue from it, this is the workshop for you. Let Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy, guide you through the basics on what pays, how to charge, what to keep track of and how to market your work. After several years of six-digit freelance incomes, she is qualified to provide you with the kick-start you need. Get ready to value yourself as a writer so others will, too!
Sunday, February 1st, 10:30am to 4:00 pm $90
Through play, song and movement, children are introduced to basic musical concepts, with an emphasis on keyboard-based music literacy. By the end the session, children will understand the keyboard, identify the grand staff and some notes, and demonstrate basic skills. Children are provided with a learning duo-tang with activities to do at home. Parent attendance required.
6 Weeks – Saturday, January 24th to March 7th, 11:15am to 12pm $75
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For those of you who say you can’t sing but want to! This course is designed to get rid of the “I can’t sing” in you! Fun, relaxed and engaging, this class helps adults explore how to use their voice through exercises, group singing (but there’s always room for a solo for the bold!) and basic theory. By the end of this course, you should gain a better understanding of your voice, be able to recognize pitch and rhythm with more ease, and also read basic musical notation.
6 Weeks – Wednesday, February 4th to March 11th, 7:30pm to 8:45pm $75
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January Book Club
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