As a one-time publicist and a forever fan of books and reading, I can’t speak highly enough about Blue Heron Books and the community it rallies around visiting authors who, truly, are treated like celebrities. It’s no exaggeration to say that as someone who has attended her fair share of readings, Blue Heron’s are among the most magical and engaging. —
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
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
Ready to take your writing to the next level? The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, is ready to help you soar. Learn to mine ideas from unlikely sources, take risks that will capture the attention of editors/publishers, and polish your writing to the professional level. Forget hand-holding; in this course, The Writing Fairy will provide the kick in the butt that will get your “butt in chair” to live out your writing dreams. Previous participation in a creative writing course is preferred; this is for writers who have advanced beyond the beginner stage. Oh, and it will be a lot of fun!
6 Weeks – Tuesday, September 16th – October 21st, 7pm to 9pm $180
Let The Writing Fairy, Dorothea Helms, introduce you to the world of writing and its many exciting possibilities. If you are a closet writer or someone who dreams of following your passion for words, this is the course for you. Using humour and 21 years of experience as an award-winning professional writer, Dorothea will awaken the magic inside of you in a safe, comfortable environment. Hundreds have already benefited from this course; many have gone on to win writing contests, be published, start freelance businesses, and even develop their craft far enough to teach
6 Weeks – Wednesday, October 8th – November 12th, 1pm to 3pm $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