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This class, led by instructor Sue Reynolds, is designed to create time and space to devote to your writing projects. Each week, through instruction and in-class exercises, this group focuses on some aspect of the writing craft. Writing prompts are designed to support each writer in his or her process. Participants leave each class with new pieces of writing, optional homework, one on one feedback on manuscripts and a new understanding of techniques designed to improve the writers’ skills.
6 Weeks – Friday, September 19th – October 24th, 9:30am to 12pm $180
6 Weeks – Friday, October 31st – December 5th, 9:30am to 12pm $180
INSPIRATION STATION – An artistic adventure for kids ages 6 to 12
Saturday, September 20th to November 15th, 9:30am to 10:30am
Sign up for 6 of the 8 classes $100
A life-changing twelve-week program led by instructor Sue Reynolds. The Artist’s Way has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. It is a powerfully provocative work challenging artists of all sorts, but particularly writers, to identify what stops them from moving forward with their artistic dreams and goals and to help them set those goals into motion.
Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety as an Artist – Discovering what Stops You from Creating
Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Artistic Identity
Week Three: Recovering the Power of Creativity – Dealing with the Inner Critic
Week Four: Artistic Integrity – Making the Commitment
Week Five: A Sense of Open Possibility – Dreaming as an Artist
Week Six: Abundance – Setting your Financial Goals as an Artist
Week Seven: Dealing with Perfectionism
Week Eight: Marshalling your Resources
Week Nine: Recovering a Sense of Enthusiasm and Blasting Through Blocks
Week Ten: Competition, Work, and Finding Balance
Week Eleven: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy – Movement and Defining Success
Week Twelve: Escape Velocity and Finding Your Wings
Each student will be required to have a copy of the basic “The Artist’s Way” book for the class. Books can be ordered from Blue Heron to be picked up on the first night.
First 6 Weeks – Sunday, September 21st – November 2nd, 7pm to 9:30pm $180
Last 6 Weeks – Sunday, November 16th – December 21st, 7pm to 9:30pm $180
This class teaches the process of pen and ink drawing. Perspective, pen line patterns, producing light and shadow, wash and watercolour techniques will be explored under the watchful eye of instructor Ron Peter.
6 Weeks – Monday, September 22nd to November 4th, 1pm to 3pm $150
To maintain a level of excellence a musician must practice, a dancer must dance and an athlete must train. Artists must work at their craft with a similar dedication if they are to maintain their own level of excellence, let alone get better. Life Drawing is calisthenics for the artists’ brain.
Draped/undraped models. All skill levels.
Drop In Sessions: Thursday, September 18th to December 4th, 7pm to 9pm
3 nights = $75, 6 nights = $126, 8 nights = $144, 12 nights = $180
Painting from a series of exciting still life subjects, Rosanne Middleton will teach you how to see more… line, shape and shadow. Explore and expand on painting to the light, making colour work for you and adding texture for excitement. Start the fun journey of developing your style and following your instincts while you learn to love painting.
6 Weeks – Tuesday, October 28th to December 2nd, 7pm to 9pm, $150
Learn the tricks of the trade in the art of watercolour from David Greaves and make your paintings come alive. Students will learn how to do value sketches and will be introduced to wet in wet techniques for skies, backgrounds, and more. For beginner to advanced students.
6 Weeks – Thursday, Oct.2nd to Nov.6th, 1pm to 3pm $150
This 4 week intensive journey into the power of the medium of watercolours will invigorate and empower the artist, propelling them to new heights of creativity. Each week Marc Gagnon will instruct a 3 hour in-depth investigation into a different technique: Week One – Washes, accents and lines – the three key elements of watercolour. Week Two – Intensive, Reactive and Creative –small format with limited time to create multiple images – spontaneity breeds creativity! Week Three – Dry brush techniques – unique approach for unique results. Week Four – Screen Painting – Paint through fibreglass window screens for fascinating and mysterious results.
4 Weeks – Wednesday, Sept. 10th – Oct. 1st, 12:30pm to 3:30pm $150
EDITING: WORKSHOP: Revising for Strength and Story
Bring your work-in-progress and join author Erin Thomas for a six-week exploration of editing tricks and techniques. You’ll see your story’s strengths and needs through new lenses, and find ways to revise, repair and bring out the best in your manuscript.
6 Weeks – Wednesday, October 15th – November 19th, 7pm to 9pm $180
December Book Club
Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm
January Book Club
My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature